An accent of mushrooms merged with sweet notes of honey in a sampling Wednesday of what’s been billed as the world’s oldest champagne, salvaged from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea.
An expert who tasted the vintage bubbly was lyrical, detecting hints of chanterelles and linden blossom.
An Associated Press reporter, who also sampled a bottle, found only a slight fizz and flavors of yeast and honey.
The champagne — of the brands Veuve Clicquot and the now defunct Juglar — was recovered from a shipwreck discovered in July near the Aland Islands, between Sweden and Finland. A total of 168 bottles were raised in the salvage operation, officials of the semiautonomous Finnish archipelago told reporters on Wednesday.
“All bottles are not intact but the majority are in good condition,” said Britt Lundeberg, Aland’s culture minister.