It is a known fact that the older the wine, the more valuable it is. While wine lovers often wait ardently to sample aged wines in pride, they may not be particularly excited to guzzle down the spirit in picture. We are talking about a 350 AD vintage bottle of wine, that is hands down the oldest in the world. Unearthed in 1867, the drink dates back to approximately 325 CE, thus making the bottle a staggering 1680 years old!
Post its excavation, the spirit container has been safely kept on display at the Pflaz Historical Museum in Germany for over a century. While several bottles were said to be buried in the sarcophagus of a noble roman couple (the underground home to these containers), only this particular beauty has made it atop in one piece. Crafted with Romanian glass, the bottle showcases two miniature dolphin handles and is said to contain a mixture of olive oil and a residual amount of palatable wine. The fact that is has been sealed with a chunk of wax as against the modern day cork, is what has helped in retaining the liquid inside the container in its present form.
The 1.5-liter bottle that was meant to be a merry accompaniment for the Roman couple in their afterlife, is now a lucrative object of study for scientists as well as archaeologists. Currently the vintage spirit is subject to an “un-corking” debate. The museum authorities opine that the wine once exposed to air, may not be able to sustain its shock, thus rendering it useless for all. However, as per wine professor Monika Christmann, even though micro-biologically the spirit is unspoiled, it is going to bring no joy whatsoever to the palate! Unopened or not, the bottle wins million brownie-points for being the oldest survivor of its lot!
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