Speaking of late release, how does 230 years sound? Well, it’s not a standard late release. These bottles have been lying at the bottom of the sea off Finland for almost all of their life, though not on purpose.
In 2010, divers were exploring a wreck and happened upon some old bottles of Champagne. Out of both curiosity and an effort to date their anonymous wreck, they brought a few bottles up with them when they surfaced and eventually were able to identify the wines as most likely Veuve Clicquot from the ‘80s, 1780s that is.
In fact, there are records of a shipment of just such a wine being sent from King Louis XVI to the Russian Imperial Court that never reached it’s destination. Could this be that wine? Most likely it is and from all reports, it’s still delicious. Sorry Russian Imperial Court of 1790.