During works made in the abbaye Saint-Vivant not far from Vosne Romanée, some broken bottles were found and a full bottle was found in 2006.
Studies on the glass of the broken bottles indicate bottles of a period 1760 - 1780.
Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of DRC is the president of the association which restore the abbaye. He received the bottle and decided that the content would be analysed by the university of Dijon.
He invited scientists and I was invited too and Aubert asked me to open the bottle.
Pictures of this event can be seen there :
When I opened the wine I had a big surprise : the cork was brand new.
Aubert and Jean Charles Cuvelier had the memory of an old cork.
My hypothesis is that Aubert asked some people of his staff to put wax on the bottle to prevent any seepage; and it could have happened that the people, thinking that to put wax on a wounded cork would be crazy, have put a new cork.
So,we were nervous, because the question was : is the wine an old wine ?
When the bottle was finally opened in a neutral atmosphere (see pictures) and when the scientist had taken what is necessary for analysis, we could drink.
And it was a wine and an old wine.
The taste was really a taste of wine, but vinegar was present. The bottom of the bottle was the best, with length and intensity. But the wine was not a wine of pleasure.
Ten minutes later the wine collapsed, the vinegar invading the taste.
Aubert offered us to drink a Romanée Saint-Vivant Gaudemet-Canut 1915 which was absolutely perfect, with a high emotion.
To have drunk a pinot noir which could have more than 200 years is a unique experience that I have enjoyed. And I feel as an honor that Aubert de Villaine offered me to participate.