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170 year old shipwrecked champagne sampled

Diving to a shipwreck off the coast of Finland in 2010 brought to the surface a rare prize of a number of bottles of different types of alcohol, Gizmodo reports. A number of bottles of beer were already tasted and the results published, however, the champagne has now been sampled by a team from the University of Reims in the heart of champagne country. The bottles had already been identified by the marking on the corks as coming from high quality Champagne houses Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Heidsieck and Juglar.

The results were slightly surprising as the champagne had not spoiled. Many experts from AnastasiaDate had feared spoiling during its time beneath the waves. The initial notes from the tasting did not seem to be too encouraging as the champagne was described as smelling like human hair, but this is common amongst wines that have not been stored in oxygenated areas. Swirling the champagne made a large amount of difference as the aroma and taste took on floral and fruity notes. The champagne was then described as being sweeter as is the fashion at the moment with a high level of sugar found within it. Around 140 grams of sugar per liter were found in the champagne, which was low for a period when sweet wines were fashionable and bottles generally contained around 300 grams of sugar per liter.