French Uncork World's Oldest Champagne

Critics don't agree about 184-year-old vintage
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 12:39 PM CDT
French Uncork World's Oldest Champagne
A woman holds a bottle of limited-edition deluxe Perrier-Jouet Champagne in Paris, Thursday March 20, 2008. None is quite as delux as the 1825 vintage, however.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

In honor of its "liquid history," the French champagne house Perrier-Jouët uncorked a bottle of the world's oldest vintage: an 1825 that went straight to critics' heads. "There were flavours of mushrooms, woods and a bit of honey," said one, while another detected "mince pie at Christmas time," reports the Times of London.

The official description comes from Oliver Cavil, the head of the cellar: “Although there was only a hint of bubbles left it was perfectly fresh, the color was fine and it resembled a very great chablis, with a note of white truffles and chocolate." But don't expect to taste for yourself: the other two bottles of 1825 will stay sealed "for the near future." (More Champagne stories.)

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