Monday, September 08, 2008

Tsar Quality

Paying A King's Ransom For Seabed Champagne

No fewer than 200 bottles of Heidsieck champagne stuck on the seabed for more than 80 years are being sold for more than $300,000 a bottle. The 1907 vintage bubbly had been sent to the Russian royal family in 1916 but the ship sank off the Finnish coast. The wreck was only discovered in 1997 and the undamaged bottles which were bought by the Carlton Ritz Hotel in Moscow.

FOOTNOTE: Playing Heid and Sieck.

10 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Can you say conspicuous consumption?

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

l wonder how they'll taste, great or like vinegar!!
is it the champagne or the provenance that is so attractive?

Maddy said...

There's none so queer as folks [with too much money and little enough sense!]
Cheers

CrazyCath said...

$300,000 a bottle??!!

Unbelievable.

Love Charles' contribution. ;0)

leslie said...

Imagine what $300,000 (per bottle) could do for the poor homeless people around the world.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Forget the bubbly, what are you doing blogging at 3.00am David? Go to bed.

Lana Gramlich said...

All while people still starve & die in the streets & across the savannas. People suck.

Lee said...

I agree with everyone who has pointed out the huge waste of money in the purchase of those bottles for $300,000. Never the less, I also wonder if the bottom of the ocean isn't a near perfect wine cellar. It's quiet, unless there's an earthquake or volcano eruption nearby, the temperature is certainly stable at that depth, and there is no light to affect the wine in any way either. If the corks didn't leak the stuff should be pretty good.

Bottoms Up!

Christina LMT said...

Charles beat me to it! I was going to mention the vinegar thing, too.

Shrinky said...

Destined to be sunk for a second time, huh?