13 Jun 2011

A new world record was recently set when a single bottle of Champagne was sold for 30.000 euros at an exclusive champagne auction in Åland, an autonomous region in Finland. The record bottle was an 1841 Veuve Clicquot, one of the world’s oldest bottles of Champagne salvaged last year from a 19th century shipwreck off the Åland Islands. The landmark sale took place in Mariehamn, Åland, where the Government of Åland and Acker Merrall & Condit, the world’s premier wine auction house auctioned two highly anticipated vintage bottles of Veuve Clicquot and Juglar, along with 15 special lots direct from Veuve Cliquot's cellars. The Juglar almost made the world record, selling for an impressive 24.000 euros, and only beaten by the bottle from Veuve Clicquot. “This sends out a strong message that the oldest and rarest drinkable champagne is sold in Åland. We are also happy that the financial surplus that is generated by the sale of the champagne bottles will go to charitable causes, such as environmental measures for improving the quality of water in the seas,” said departmental head Rainer Juslin of the Åland Government. The sale took place in front of a capacity crowd of more than 600 people in Mariehamn, with on-line bids and telephone bids helping to get one hundred percent of the lots sold.  “We are absolutely thrilled to break the world record, and very happy that the sale was such a success”, Vice Head of the Åland Government, Britt Lundberg, said. The previous world record for a bottle of Champagne was also held by Acker Merrall, having sold two bottles of 1959 Dom Perignon Rose in April 2008 for a combined total of US$84,700. Veuve Clicquot is locally imported by M. Demajo (Wines & Spirits) Ltd. View our portfolio of brands on our recently launched website – www.demajowinesandspirits.com and contact us for your wedding or next high profile event.