Buried Bubbly Could Be Buried Treasure : Champagne house Pol Roger has unearthed century-old Champagne from the ruins of their collapsed cellars

February 22, 2018

As far as buried treasure goes, Pol Roger Champagne from the 19th century is the stuff of wine lovers’ dreams. More than a century after a cave-in buried 125,000 cases of the Champagne house’s aging bubbly deep underground, the current owners have unearthed 19 bottles of the lost wines, and hope to uncover more.

The story began as a disaster. At 2 a.m. on Feb. 23, 1900, Pol Roger’s then-owner Maurice Roger was awoken in his Épernay home by a thunderous sound. More ominous noises followed. The company’s vast cellars as well as the adjoining buildings had partially collapsed. The rain-soaked earth had given way, the ground sinking 13 feet, taking a good portion of the building with it.

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