Buried treasure: the story of a century-old Champagne stash

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The extraordinary tale of a stash of Champagne that was lost in 1900, found in 2018, and tasted this month – brought to you in pictures.

Picture credit: Pol Roger

Pol Roger lost as many as 1.5m bottles of Champagne – representing around half its stock at the time – after a period of heavy rain caused its underground cellars to cave in during the night on 23 February 1900, burying the fizz in wet chalk and clay.

Picture credit: Pol Roger

Both levels of Pol Roger’s facility on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay were brought down, while part of its historic cellars caved in.


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