Salvaged From The Deep
This is the most expensive champagne in the world and was originally intended to be delivered to the Russian Emperor, Nicholas II. However, he was never been able to taste the noble French beverage because in 1917, during the transportation on board “Jonkoping”, the vessel sadly met with a German U-22 submarine who sunk the vessel. In 1996, a group of scuba divers located the sunken vessel at the bottom of the Gulf of Finland.
“Greyish mahogany colour. Really unique nose of seawater, apples and toffee. Sweetish, balanced, no bubbles but a hint of mousse. Interesting aged flavours of varnish, overripe apples, wet grass and steely minerals. Amazingly, still fresh and vibrant with some effervescence. Not oxidized at all! An incredible experience to taste.”
There are now only 3 remaining bottles left. Ten of these bottles were sold for $275,000 each at an auction held at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow in 2012. The Singapore Atlas Bar offers its customers this extremely rare champagne at $190,700 per bottle.
Selling price: Offers in the region of 80,000 Euros
Many of wine experts are confident that for now this is one of the oldest drinkable wines in existence.
The wine is believed to have come from a vessel called HMS Gloucester and sank in around 1682 after running aground. Luckily the vessel was sailing in a flotilla and many of the crew and guests were rescued by other boats.
There were a lot of members of the Royal Family including The Duke of York who was the Chief Lord Admiral of ‘The Kingdom’ under King Charles II and subsequently became King of England and Scotland after the death of Charles II. While the identification of the sunken ship is in progress, two of the bottles were transported to the Technical University of Munich for laboratory analysis for quality and possible use/drink.
Bottled and created for royalty this wine is still drinkable but there are only 8 bottles left in the world. In 2018 an empty bottle, similar in form and time of manufacture, was sold at auction for £21,000.This wine is currently only offered to private collections and connoisseurs of vintage wine.
Selling price: Offers in the region of 70,000 Euros
The valuable Swedish cargo ship called “Kyros” sank on May 19, 1917 as it was en-route to the Russian Czar, Nikolas the Second. Specialist diving teams managed to recover the 100 year old cognac and liquor in depths of up to 77 meters in international waters of the Gulf of Bothnia.
In December 1916, fifty boxes of cognac and fifteen boxes of liquor were loaded on to a Swedish sailing vessel called “Kyros” in a French port and were supposed to be delivered to St. Petersburg (Russian Empire) through neutral Sweden.
However, due to severe ice conditions in the Gulf of Bothnia, transportation was delayed until May 1917. When she did eventually set sail “Kyros” was stopped at sea by the German submarine “UC58” on May 19, 1917. The submarine Commander, Karl Vesper, stopped the ship, inspected the cargo and decided to sink the entire vessel as he considered the main cargo to be of military importance.
Thankfully the “Kyros” crew managed to safely reach the Swedish coast by lifeboat. On the same day, the UC58 sent another six Swedish transport vessels to the bottom of the sea the same way.
Over the past few decades, the shipwreck of “Kyros” has been heavily damaged by fishing trawlers in the Baltic Sea. Since the first discovery of the sunken ship in 1999 the team of researchers cleared the wreckage of the ship from the nets to allow divers and underwater robots (ROVs) to access the sunken cargo along with the shipwreck.
In addition to the unique cognac and liquor, the team managed to pick up several objects of undoubted interest for historians. These salvaged items will be exhibited on thematic exhibitions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris and London. The importance of this discovery and salvage of the artefacts cannot be overestimated; not only is it an extremely unique discovery of rare cognac and liquor, but also part of the history of the Russian collapse in 1917.
Selling price: Offers in the region of 75,000 Euros