The world’s oldest bottle of Veuve Clicquot was found in a Scottish castle in a dusty cabinet that had been locked up for the last 100 years.
Chris James, the current owner of Torosay Castle on the Isle of Mull off Scotland’s west coast, told the London Telegraph he’d long been meaning to have a peek inside the cupboard, for which he had no key. After finally enlisting the help of a locksmith, James discovered the original owner’s personal booze stash, including bottles of claret and brandy, a decanter of port, and an unopened bottle of 1893 Veuve yellow label in mint condition, thanks to the cellar-like conditions that prevail in old Scottish castles. He contacted the company who informed him the ancient bubbly was literally priceless.
James agreed to let the winemakers have it for their archives in Reims. Via