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


#1

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


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#2

Balsamic vinegar, if they’re lucky.


#3

It looks like oil paint.


#4

Thats quite a generous description here…


#5

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


#6

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.


#7

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:


#8

It just needs to breath a little.


#9

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.


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#11

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

–Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia


#12

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


#13

It is.

http://www.speyer.de/sv_speyer/en/Tourism/

And this:

http://www.apx.lvr.de/en/willkommen/willkommen_1.html


#14

Sounds like someone describing a hookup


#15

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.


#16

Let it breath!


#17

Probably tastes like Minnie.

clemens2


#18

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


#20

FTFY
Roemerwein_in_Speyer


#21

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…)