What 170-Year-Old Champagne Tastes Like

Champagne connoisseurs now know what the oldest recorded champagne tastes like. Discovered five years ago in a Baltic Sea shipwreck, bottles of still-corked bubbly were finally popped open for taste-testers to try out. Through labels and branding still visible on the bottles, researchers were able trace them all the way back to the 1830s or 1840s, probably from the champagne houses of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Heidsieck and Juglar. Flavors are described as spicy, smoky and leathery with a 9% alcohol by volume.