In the drink: a cool salty cellar for wines of note

Discovering well-preserved bottles in ancient underwater wrecks is one thing, but placing wine to mature under the sea is now a boom business in France, writes Samantha David

Finding innovative things to do with underground spaces doesn’t end on land. Maturing wine under the sea is becoming something of a trend in France and various companies in the Basque country and Brittany are offering wine-makers this service.

The trend had a boost back in 2010 when a shipwrecked trade schooner was discovered in the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Finland. It contained 168 bottles of champagne. They had been resting 50 metres under the sea for 170 years, and yet it had not deteriorated. A team of scientists at the University of Reims analysed the wine, and were ...

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