No new world record - Åland's champagne rendez - vous

Today was the date for champagnelovers worldwide ... the second auction of the now famous 'Åland-bottles'. Would it be a new worldrecord?

According to Richard Juhlin: 'the intressest was big but the bids didn't reach last years level'.

Eleven bottles of the world's oldest champagne were just auctioned off for a total of € 125 500. Most expensive bottle sold was lot 11 (Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin) sold for € 15 000. 

Lot 9 - 1 bottle champagne Heidsieck & Co - sold € 11 500.
Lot 10 - 1 bottle champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin - sold € 14 000.
Lot 11 - 1 bottle champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin - sold € 15 000.
Lot 12 - 1 bottle champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin - sold € 12 000.
Lot 13 - 1 bottle champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin - sold € 10 000.
Lot 14 - 1 bottle champagne Juglar - sold € 14 000.
Lot 15 - 1 bottle champagne Juglar - sold € 10 000.
Lot 16 - 1 bottle champagne Juglar - sold € 10 000.
Lot 17 - 1 bottle champagne Juglar - sold € 9 500.
Lot 18 - 1 bottle champagne Juglar - sold € 9 500.
Lot 19 - 1 bottle champagne Juglar - sold € 10 000.
 

THE AUCTION

The auction house that will be hosting the auction of these vintage champagnes, from the early part of the 19th century, is the number one auction house in France, Artcurial, Briest - Poulain - F. Tajan. Artcurial will collaborate with Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon and Dom Perignon, and will therefore be able to complete this incredible collection with vintage champagne from their wine cellars. 

The Auctionhouse

PRESENTED LOTS

A total of 145 bottles of champagne have been salvaged from the shipwreck. The bottles originate from the well-known champagne house Veuve Clicquot, Heidsieck and Juglar. The Juglar house seized to exist in 1829 and Veuve-Clicquot have dated their bottles from the period around 1841 – 1850. At the 2012 auction, 4 bottles of Veuve Clicquot, 6 bottles of Juglar and one Heidsieck & Co will be offered for sale. Because of the constant temperature between 4-6 degrees Celsius and the dark surroundings, combined with the pressure within the bottles and the pressure at the bottom of the sea, the champagne is still in excellent condition. Each one of the champagne bottles from the shipwreck have been re-corked, tasted and evaluated by the internationally known champagne-expert, Richard Juhlin.

The tastingnotes and comments from the auctionhouse's wineexperts

The programme
 

THE BOTTLES FOR SALE AT THE AUCTION 8TH OF JUNE

Heidsieck & Co
(A62) 80p/group 2
Comments by Richard Juhlin: Popped when opening the bottle. Resembles VCP, a bit more cheese.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
(A53) 93p/ group 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: Popped when opened. Fantastic colour. A slight fizziness. High elegance. This bottle has leaked a little bit, but hasn’t been spoiled or decreased its level of liquid.
(A14) 91p/group 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: The cork popped when opening the bottle. Strong pressure from within the bottle. Nice colour. A different bouquet, a lot of lime. Like a rich Chardonnay.
(A61) 83p/group 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: Popped when opened. Colour ok. Good, but not perfect. Clear, very sweet.
(A7) 87p/group 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: Popped when opened. Good. Strong citrus taste. Lemon peels dominating.

Juglar
(C38) 90p/groupe 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: Very good. Complex, very Crème brulée. Not too fruity. Coffee grains, spicy, coca-cola.
(B33) 86p/group 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: Classic. Deep colour. Clear and clean. Fresh smell. Fruity, taste of marmelade, caramel.
(B22) 87p/group 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: Roasted, crème brulée, tiramisu. Like an old champagne. An after-taste reminding of coconut.
(A43) 83p/groupe 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: Fresh.Good.
(B26) 84p/groupe 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: Bubbly. Pressure. Light. Mature apples, peach. Very sweet.
(C25) 85p/groupe 1
Comments by Richard Juhlin: The cork popped when opening the bottle. Pale colour . Nice balance and good taste. Sweet and clear.

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