The 1928 Krug is NOT the most expensive bottle of Champagne ever, as we previously reported on the Mutineer Blog. We felt the information was reasonably reliable as we verified it with several sources, including Decanter.com, but as the Dude would say, new sh*t has come to light, man.
The new sh*t comes from a Newsweek article dated October 18, 2008, and it claims that 1907 Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne is selling for $35,000 a piece at Moscow’s RitzCarlton Hotel, which is $13,800 more than the peasant’s 1928 Krug. As if being from 1907 wasn’t epic enough, Newsweek says:
“In 1916, a shipment of vintage 1907 Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne was headed for the imperial court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia when it was torpedoed by a German sub amid the havoc of World War I. Miraculously, 2,000 extraordinarily well-preserved bottles of the bubbly were salvaged from the Gulf of Finland in 1998, where they had been aging gracefully for 80 years.”
OK, seriously? That is orgasmic to the inner wine geek in me. I mean, Champagne that’s been chilling, literally, on the ocean floor for over 80 years? Mutineer Contributor Ron “The Hostemaster” Washam isn’t even that old. Very cool indeed.
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