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Heidsieck Monopole Gout Americain Extra Dry

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You can now sip champagne that is close to what was served aboard the ill-fated Titanic!

The Heidsieck & Co Monopole Gout Americain has been revived by the champagne house and is now available at the Crystal City Wine Shop! The bubbly was first available in the 1900s and supplied to, among others, the Russian Imperial Court.

The Swedish cargo ship Jonkoping was making its way to St Petersburg in Russia in 1916 when it was sunk by a German U-Boat.

But 2,500 of the 3,000 bottles of the Heidsieck & Co Monopole champagne on board remained well preserved at the bottom of the Baltic sea for the next 82 years, before a Swedish search team found the wreckage and resurfaced it in 1998. Original bottles of that Champagne retail at $190,700 a bottle. The modern-day re-creation of the label retails for much less!

The team at Heidsieck & Co Monopole pulled up the original recipe from its archives for this revival champagne.

The salvaged bottles let them know how it was supposed to taste. ''The salvaged champagne was very heavily sugared, so we didn't reproduce it with the same dosage (sweetness level) because today you would not drink it - it's much more like jam than champagne,'' says Madam Nathalie Vranken, coowner of the Vranken-Pommery Monopole group, the parent company of Heidsieck & Co Monopole, one of the oldest champagne houses in the world.

Just like in 1907, the assemblage, or the blend of wines, is made of a third each of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes.

But the revived champagne recipe has been slightly modified for modern palates.

''Almost 95 per cent of the champagne drunk in the world now is Brut,'' says Mr Matthieu Chapoutier, Asia-Pacific export manager of Vranken-Pommery Monopole.

''But we also wanted people to be able to experience drinking champagne that was a little sweeter, similar to what was drunk at that time''.

Grab a bottle of history today!

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