In 1916, Heidsieck & CO Monopole sent a shipment of 3,000 bottles of champagne to the Imperial Russian Army in St Petersburg. These crates of champagne were to be shipped from Sweden to Finland on board the Jönköping, before being transported by train to St Petersburg.
During the journey in November 1916, the Jönköping was sunk by a German submarine. It was not until July 1998 that a Swedish underwater expedition discovered the Jönköping at the Eastern tip of the Baltic Sea at a depth of 64 meters, bringing up 2400 bottles of 1907 Heidsieck & CO Monopole Champagne. Despite 82 years under the ocean, the bottles were in perfect condition.
Upon tasting, it was revealed to be a nicely balanced wine that was not maderised and with fine, persistent bubbles. Today, you can share this unique experience with the Millésimes d’Or Collection.