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Heidsieck & Co Monopole is set to pop the cork from a bottle of one of the world’s most famous and expensive Champagnes, the 1907 Heidsieck & Co Monopole Gout Americain, and you have a chance to enjoy this rare opportunity with a seat at the dinner table.

Established in 1785, Heidsieck & Co Monopole, the fifth oldest Champagne house in France and the makers of today’s popular “Blue Top” Champagne, will give six lucky fizz lovers the chance to drink this most rare and unique Champagne that was once destined for the officers of the Imperial Russian army but found itself shipwrecked on the ill-fated voyage of the “Jonkoping” a Swedish schooner that was sunk in the Baltic Sea in 1916.

 The Champagne, “Gout Americain” (or “American Taste” – a style of Champagne from the early 1900’s) is now over 100 years old and a survivor of eight decades under the sea.  

Re-discovered in 1998 by a deep sea search, The Heidsieck & Co Champagne on the Jonkoping was found to be perfectly preserved, the constant temperature and under water pressure almost perfect cellaring conditions. Bottles were immediately snapped up at auctions, with one particular bottle breaking auction house Christies’ record for the highest price paid for a single bottle of Champagne.

In Australia, at Number 8 Restaurant and Wine Bar at the Crown Entertainment Complex, this famous fizz is currently priced at $13,200 a bottle, making it the most expensive Champagne to be found on any wine list in Australia.

Exclusively in association with Vintage Cellars, Champagne lovers need only purchase a bottle of Heidsieck & Co Monopole “Blue Top” Champagne at their local Vintage Cellars store between October 21st and November 24th this year to enter.

Winners will dine at Number 8 Restaurant in Melbourne, where the only bottles of this precious Champagne are available for purchase in Australia. The prize also includes Qantas flights, limousine transfers and accommodation at the luxurious Crown Towers. C’est simple.

Managing Director for Heidsieck & Co Monopole in Australia Cameron Harris said that the exceptional circumstances of the Jonkoping voyage mean Heidsieck & Co is the only Champagne house that can offer an opportunity such as this.

“The sheer fact that these bottles of fizz were found, preserved and are not only able to be drunk but when opened are stunning and refined makes this a very special opportunity.” said Mr Harris.

“This famous fizz was the champagne of choice of many of the royal courts across Europe and was also the Champagne being enjoyed as the Titanic met its watery end in 1912 so we are pleased that dinner is not only at one of Melbourne’s fine restaurants, but also that it is on solid ground,” he said.

See Cameron Harris with Crown’s Director of Food and Beverage Kym Barter and Number 8’s Chef de Cuisine Joe Hlusko talk about this story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbqCQRx9Cow

Three lucky Vintage Cellars Cellar Club members will win:

  • Two return airfares from their nearest capital city to Melbourne
  • Limousine transfers from Melbourne Airport
  • One night accommodation staying in a luxurious Premier Club Suite at the prestigious Crown Towers Hotel including Crystal Club access
  • Dinner for two at the world renowned Number 8 Restaurant and Wine Bar in the Crown Casino complex; and the piece de resistance:
  • Two glasses of the 1907 Vintage  Heidsieck & Co Gout Americain Champagne, one of the rarest and most expensive champagnes available in Australia (bottle valued at $13,200)

This is truly exquisite bubbly bliss.

The famous Heidsieck & Co 1907 Gout Americain Champagne was miraculously recovered from the wreck of a Swedish ketch called The Jonkoping off the coast of Finland, where it was sunk by a German submarine in 1916 on its way to the Russian Imperial Army in St Petersburg.

The wreck was found by a Swedish search team in 1997 and recovered in 1998. After 82 years under the sea the 2,500 bottles of the Heidsieck & Co 1907 Gout Americain Champagne were found to be preserved in excellent condition. Bottles of this champagne are now some of the rarest and unique to be found in the world.

Enter in store at Vintage Cellars from Thursday October 21st, 2010. Competition closes November 24, 2010.

To view the full terms and conditions visit: www.vrankenpommery.com.au/

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