1,650 year old unopened wine bottle looks like it should stay that way


Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/09/1650-year-old-unopened-wine-b.html

Hundred-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctica is in "excellent condition"

Balsamic vinegar, if they’re lucky.


It looks like oil paint.


Thats quite a generous description here…


Wow, wine lasts pretty much a day in our house.


SCIENTIST: It’s an amazing find; but the contents don’t look terribly well-preserved or appetizing.
BOTTLE OF WINE: When nearly seventeen hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.


Jacques Cousteau is alleged to have tasted a similarly old vintage. He also gave a sealed amphora from the same wreck to his friend Alexis Lichine as a gift. Lichine described the taste as follows:


It just needs to breath a little.


My wine teacher drank a c.800 yr old bottle of wine. She said it was fine but nothing special. It was a Madeira type, pre-oxidised for marine transport and robustness.

Think they found another in a bog quite recently.

This on the other hand should probably be opened in an anaerobic environment for scientific purposes only.



“The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean.”

–Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia


As for pairing, may I suggest the rancid mammoth jerky?


It is.


And this:



Sounds like someone describing a hookup


I recall another Cousteau episode where dive-swag included a couple of bottles of 18th c.wine. The wine (with spiny lobster as the main dish, on board the “Calypso”) was declared a success.


Let it breath!


Probably tastes like Minnie.



Oh come on. Wine that old deserves the best. At least an Emperor or don’t even bother.




Dude, that’s not wine – You found my 1,650 year old bottle of eggplant Parmesan!
(Now, if I could find the perfect drink to go with it…)