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115-year-old Veuve Clicquot Champagne discovered

Published:  29 July, 2008

The oldest ever bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne has been discovered locked away in a drinks cabinet in a Scottish castle.

Chris James, the owner of Torosay Castle on the Isle of Mull, stumbled upon the 115-year-old bottle after employing a locksmith to open an unused drinks cabinet on the premises.

Veuve Cliquot confirmed the 1893 bottle was the oldest in existence and is now being displayed in its visitor centre in Reims, France.

Fabienne Huttaux, head of communications at Veuve Cliquot, said the bottle was "priceless".

She told the BBC: "It is a one off and therefore unique. We would never consider selling it as it is far too important to us. It is a unique piece of Champagne history.

"It was amazing to find this bottle and it's really an extraordinary story all in all."