Bollinger auctioning century old bottle of bubbly

Bollinger Champagne (Image Credit : Courtney "Coco" Mault via Flickr)
Bollinger Champagne (Image Credit : Courtney “Coco” Mault via Flickr)

Champagne house Bollinger are set to auction off a collection of decades old bubbly they discovered in a secret room.

According to Bloomberg, the bottles were found in 2010, when an intern was cleaning a dusty corner of the company’s cellar and removed a few rows of empty bottles from a rack that was blocking a dark archway. He found a room filled with 600 vintage cuvées — all from the early 19th century to 1939.

On November 19, Sotheby’s New York will auction a selection of the bottles. The highlight of the sale? A 102-year-old bottle with a starting bid of $10,000, although its expected it will sell for far higher.

Bloomberg reports that not only will the winning bidder receive their tipple, they’ll also get a rare tour of the winery and the Galerie 1829 Champagne library, and a private tasting of the 1914 vintage with Bollinger Cellar Master Gilles Descôtes. Plus they’ll stay at the five-star hotel Château Les Crayères, in Reims, and dine with the president of Champagne Bollinger, Jérôme Philipon, at the hotel’s French restaurant, Le Parc. [Bloomberg]