Heidsieck & Co
Heidsieck & Co "Monopole" is a champagne house located in the Champagne region of France. It was founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Today, Heidsieck is owned by the Vranken company (located in Épernay), who also have Pommery and Demoiselle in their portfolio. The champagne has a lot of pinot noir in the standard cuvée which makes it a little bit heavier in its style.
- Blue Top (non-vintage) – The primary House champagne. (Composition: 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier.)
- Blue Top Premiers Crus (non-vintage). (Composition: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.)
- Extra Dry (non-vintage) (Composition: 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier.)
- Gold Top Millesime 2000. (Composition: 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier.)
In 1998, the Hiedsieck cuvée called Diamant bleu vintage 1907 was found in the shipwreck of the Swedish freighter Jönköping in the Gulf of Finland, the ship was chartered to deliver spirits, via neutral Sweden, to the Imperial Court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. The ship was torpedoed in 1916 by a German submarine during World War I and a majority of the bottles survived in the frigid waters. About 2000 bottles were salvaged from the ship and have been sold at auctions all over the world as a historic novelty.
Another Baltic sea finding
In July 2010, a group of Swedish divers found 168 bottles from the 1830s aboard a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea off the coast of the Åland Islands. The bottles were initially claimed to have been produced between 1782 and 1788. They were sent for analysis to France where they were traced to a now-defunct champagne house Juglar. In November 2010 it was reported that the wreck included Veuve Clicquot bottles as well. Veuve Clicquot stated that experts checking branding of the corks "were able to identify with absolute certainty" that three of the bottles were theirs. The other bottles examined were attributed to Juglar.
In January 2011 further info about the Åland bottles was released. 95 of them were identified as Juglar, 46 as Veuve Clicquot and at least four as Heidsieck.
On November 17 the provincial government of the Åland Islands announced that most of the bottles were to be auctioned off. Two bottles of the Juglar were sold in the first auction, one going for 24,000 euros. Six bottles of the Juglar were sold at a second auction in 2012, along with four of the Veuve Clicquot and one of the Heidsieck. The profit from the auctions is being used for the improvement of water quality in the Baltic Sea and for research in marine archaeology and naval history.
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