14 May 2011

Aland 2011 Very very old champagne!

The Aland stamp here featuring 2 bottles of champagne has 3 June 2011 as the issue date. On the very same day, 2 special bottles of champagne will be auctioned off, one Juglar and one Veuve Clicquot. What is special about these champagnes is that they were retrieved by divers from an old shipwreck in July 2010 in the vicinity of the Aland archipelago, and they are more than 150 years old! The shipwreck is a 2-masted schooner which had ran aground sometime between 1825 and 1830. It has been reported that divers had retrieved at least 145 bottles of champagnes and beer! The champagnes were from the houses of Juglar, Veuve Cliquot and Heidsieck. And 5 bottles of beer has proven to be drinkable and were sent to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to determine its nature and eventually the probable recipe for it, with the intention reproducing this ancient beer for sale.