Brower Family Wines has struck on a unique idea for creating a champagne unlike any other. Their Abysse Ocean Aged Champagne starts its aging process four years before the bottles are sunk off the coast of a remote French island in the Celtic Sea. The bottles of 100 percent Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs remain 200 feet below the water, where they sit in total darkness and at a constant temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit, for another 12 months. The result is a champagne with carmelized peach and toasted almond notes for flavor and mandarin oranges, star anise, and chocolate aroma. The champagne is originally made in Cote des Blancs, in Marne, France. The Brower Family has 60 bottles available, which they released in June, 2017.
What makes the bottles even more unique—aside from the peculiar aging process—is the appearance of the bottle. Even as the cool waters help age the champagne, they also age the bottles. Each bottle comes to the surface having been painted by Nature’s brush, so each has a look different from the other. The character introduced by the ocean’s minerals and different lifeforms creates masterpieces. You’ll be just as tempted to leave the bottle on display as you will to taste of its contents. The Abysse Ocean Aged Champagne is truly a treasure finally redeemed after having been sunk to Davy Jones’ Locker.