Friday, September 5, 2008

Sunken Treasure Champagne

According to reports circulating today, you too can taste the 1907 Heidsieck at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow. Price: $300,000 a bottle (about 6.9 Million Rubles). Apparently the Ritz-Carlton has acquired 200 bottles which were lost in 1916 when the ship they were aboard was sunk by a German U-Boat off the coast of Finland. The intended recipient of the shipment was the Russian Tsar's army headquarters in St Petersburg. That's quite a markup, considering that a bottle of the 1907 Heidsieck sold at in 2006 at auction for $4,200. About 3,000 bottles of the '07 were recovered in 1998 by a Swedish search team exploring the wreckage of the ketch Jonpoking. Yaaaar.

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