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A Vintage Veuve or how about a Jugiar
Wednesday, 24th November, 2010  - Richard Farmer

Cellared nicely in the cool depths of the Baltic Sea: three bottles of Veuve Clicquot. They were discovered recently in a shipwreck and looked to still be in good condition. The labels were long gone but the House of Veuve ws able to positively identify their origin from markings on the corks. It said other bottles recovered from the shipwreck probably came from the now defunct champagne house Jugiar.

And the taste? London's Daily Telegraph reports:

An archaeologist wearing white gloves presented one bottle of Juglar and another of Veuve Clicquot to expert Richard Juhlin, who sampled both in front of scores of journalists. "Great! Wonderful!" he exclaimed. Then he paused.

"I think what strikes you the most is that it's such an intense aroma," he continued. "It's so different from anything you've tasted before."

Veuve Clicquot confirmed that experts analyzing the branding of the corks "were able to identify with absolute certainty" that at least three of the recovered bottles were Veuve Clicquot. The champagne house, founded in 1772, said the branding featured a comet, added to pay tribute to one that crossed the skies of Champagne in 1811 "and was rumored to be the cause of a harvest of remarkable quality".

Francois Hautekeur, of Veuve Clicquot's winemaking team, described the champagne as "a toasted, zesty nose with hints of coffee, and a very agreeable taste with accents of flowers and lime-tree."

Mr Juhlin said: "Surprisingly for me the Veuve Clicquot has a lot of green notes. Among the strongest are linden blossoms and lime peels."

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