9/10/08

Big Dollar Champagne at the Ritz

The Ritz-Carlton in Moscow has added a little something to their beverage list that may catch your eye…and put a dent in your wallet.

How does $275,000 for a bottle of champagne sound?

And now for a little back-story…

In 1916 during the First World War, a Swedish cargo vessel was en route to St. Petersburg with a cargo including 17 barrels of Burgundy wine, 10,000 gallons of Cognac and 3,000 bottles of champagne when a German submarine sent her to the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Move forward a few years to 1997 when a Swedish search team located the sunken vessel. A year later she was raised to the surface along with her cargo. Unlike the wine, 21 barrels of the Cognac survived along with much of the bubbly, courtesy of excellent packing in wood crates, favorable water temperatures and enough water pressure to keep the corks firmly in place. In all, over 2000 bottles of Heidsieck & Co Monopole “Gout Americain” 1907 were reclaimed from the depths.

A quantity of this champagne, which apparently tastes quite remarkable, has relocated to the above-mentioned Ritz-Carlton where it now proudly resides on the beverage list as the most expensive bottle of Champagne in the world..!

0 comments :