Imagine sipping from a flute containing the precious liquid that was until recently trapped in a sunken ship under the sea. That is exactly the story that one of the world’s most expensive champagnes, the 1907 Shipwrecked Heidsieck, has to offer. For sure, this is a fittingly romantic tale to go along with this legendary bubbly. How did these events come about? What was the asking price for this salvaged treasure? Here is a quick glance into this intriguing tale.
It was during the first World War that Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, commissioned a Swedish freighter to deliver wine and of course the 1907 Heidsieck champagne. It was 1916 and in the midst of war, a German submarine hit the freighter. The ship and its precious cargo were hereby sentenced to remain under the sea. It would be 80 years or so before the shipwreck would be found and its contents reclaimed. Salvaged off the coast of Finland in 1998, the bottles of champagne were to be sold at auction and would fetch astronomical prices.
The 1907 Shipwrecked Heidsieck became one of the world’s most expensive bottles of champagne when it went to action in Russia. Sold at one auction held at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow, one bottle of champagne went for $275,000. The history, age and of course the intriguing tale of the bottle aided in pushing its value to this level. Total there were 2000 bottles of spirits recovered from the wreckage. While all sold at high to record prices, the 1907 Heidsieck fetched the highest price and title of one of the word’s most expensive bottles of champagne.
Champagne has long been held as the king of all wines and dare I say, spirits. This fascinating story of the 1907 Heidsieck brings this particular bottle to a new plane. The proud owners of this fantastic discovery hold in their possession a rare piece of delicious history. After all, who can say that they own a bottle of fine champagne stored and aged for over 80 years in the frigid waters of the Gulf of Finland? At least one person can.