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Oldest Champagne Found In Baltic Sea

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Oldest Champagne Found In Baltic Sea

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Oldest Champagne Found In Baltic Sea

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Swedish divers have discovered what may be the world's oldest drinkable champagne. They were exploring a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea when they came across a stash of bottles 200 feet underwater. The divers believe the ship sank sometime in the 1780s, making the bubbly about 220 years old.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Today's last word in business is skol - that's Swedish for cheers.

Swedish divers have discovered what may be the world's oldest drinkable champagne. They were exploring a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea when they came across a stash of bottles 200 feet underwater. The divers believe the ship sank sometime in the 1780s, which would make the bubbly about 220 years old.

They brought up a bottle and...

(Soundbite of popping champagne)

MONTAGNE: ...gave it a taste.

(Soundbite of pouring champagne)

MONTAGNE: The divers told Reuters the bubbly tasted sweet and fantastic, and that's gotten wine collectors salivating. One said a bottle of this stuff could fetch nearly $70,000.

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MONTAGNE: And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

And I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

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