Are you a collector of limited-edition champagne? Then you should not pass up on the opportunity to own the unique ocean-aged champagne from M. Hostomme, aptly named Abysse. Representing the epitome of luxury and refinement, this amazing Brut is aged off the coast of France at a depth of 200 feet without any light and at constant pressure, which gives it a different, interesting taste.
Dive Into Luxury With The Exquisite Taste of M. Hostomme’s Abysse Champagne
For many people, wine and champagne are more than just alcoholic drinks. They are symbolic, representing good times and luxury. No wonder we crack open a bottle when we are in a celebratory mood and wish to commemorate a joyous occasion. Now, the quality of champagne can vary wildly. It all depends on how the beverage was stored and aged.
If you’re looking for something a little more “special” than store-bought champagne, you could go for a bottle that has matured its final year on the ocean floor. The vintners at M. Hostomme have created a beautiful champagne fit for the sea king himself. The ominously named “Abysse” is anything but abysmal and one sip is all you need to get a taste of the good life.
Before you start getting any ideas, the bottle was not rescued from a sunken ship like the Titanic. Instead, M. Hostomme has devised the ingenious method of placing batches of these bottles off the coast of a remote island in Southern France.
Carefully set at a depth of 200 feet below the surface, the champagne matures in complete darkness and constant temperature, which contributes to the glorious taste.
No wine cellar can hope to recreate this sort of an environment, which makes this drink truly a standout in the industry.
M. Hostomme may have been inspired to adopt this approach from Dominique Demarville, a cellar master for Veuve Clicquot, who in 2010 acquired 168 bottles of the oldest champagne – 170 years old – on the planet. The still-intact drinks were discovered in a shipwreck underneath the Baltic Sea and they tasted absolutely fresh and sweet.
According to researchers, the cool, dark sea water had preserved the wine in what can only be described as “close to perfect” conditions.
This is not the first time, however, that this theory has come to light. Champagne connoisseurs long thought that wines age differently when placed beneath the water’s surface. Why? Because factors such as water currents and atmospheric pressure transform the chemical compounds found inside the drink.
The manufacturers has left no stone unturned to ensure that Abysse is a drink well worth the price tag. Forty-eight months before you’ve had a chance to taste it, the wine gets submerged into the sea at a depth of 200 feet.
It remains there in the cold, dark waters at a constant temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Unlike the other bottles that are found submerged at the bottom of the ocean, these champagne bottles are sealed away in airtight lockers to remove the initial scent of “wet hair”.
The wine gets four long years to ferment inside Burgundy French oak, which again remains contained inside stainless steel tanks. After that period, the drink is ready to be imbibed.
Made from grapes of the vineyards at Grand Cru de Chouilly, this Brut contains notes of chocolate and mandarin, and pairs extremely well with seafood. The bottle is a thing of beauty in itself as it comes adorned with various crustaceans, mud, and paint chips to add some element of authenticity.
The makers have been wise enough not to clean the bottles once they are pulled from the surface of the ocean. So, do not be surprised if you come across a stray starfish or shell on your bottle.
Once you receive the champagne, it is housed in sophisticated-looking blue boxes.
Once you uncork the airtight bottle, give it plenty of time to breathe as it spends lots of time underwater.
Below are some characteristics of M. Hostomme’s Ocean-Aged Abysse Champagne:
- Taste: Caramelized peach, toasted almonds, refreshing minerality
- Smell: Mandarin oranges, star anise, chocolate
- Place of Origin: Côte des Blancs – Marne, France
- Blend Composition: 100% Chardonnay (Blanc de Blancs)
- Pairing: Foie gras, oysters rockefeller, special occasions
- Bubbly Category: Extra Brut
Only a mere 60 bottles of this refined, deep sea item are to be found in the USA. No wonder each bottle carries a price tag of $1,900.
What Will You Get When You Buy the Escape Pod?
Abysse is a one-of-a-kind champagne that gives the purchasers a taste of real, ocean-aged Brut. This lovely drink is a must-have for wine connoisseurs and people with a predilection for expensive wines. It makes a fitting addition to your wine cellar. Thanks to its exquisite looks matched with its unique taste, it can even become your most prized possession.