Ooh la la! 100-year-old bottles of French wine found buried in 18th century palace basement
Bottles of French wine dating back 100 years have been found in the basement of a palace during renovation work.
The 15 bottles of red and white were discovered at the 18th century Kozłówka Palace in southern Poland, which belonged to nobleman Konstanty Zamoyski (1799–1866).
Agata Ulanowska from the Zamoyski Museum which is housed in the Palace told TFN: “During renovation works in one of the cellars of the palace annex, several bottles of wine were discovered.
“Among the 15 bottles found there are red and white wines from various French vineyards.
“Based on the caps preserved on the bottles, the wineries Château Branaire-Ducru and Cantenac Médoc were recognized as some of their origins.”
Having been buried in sand in low temperatures and without exposure to light, the bottles are well preserved and still drinkable.
Wine experts Wojciech Bońkowski, the publisher of ‘Ferment’ magazine and Robert Mielżyński, an oenologist and wine connoisseur, used a special needle to penetrate the cork and try samples of the wine.
Bońkowski said: “I haven’t heard of any discovery like that in Poland.
“The bottles have no labels, and so far, we have managed to determine that they come from France, and there are red Bordeaux and white Burgundy among them.
“One of the corks has the year “1911” written on it.”
The museum’s Agata Ulanowska added: “Determining the exact age, origin and value of the finding requires further detailed research.
“After completion of the renovation, the museum plans to present the wine bottles in newly created exhibitions.”
This is not the first discovery made during the current renovation works, which will be finished in 2021.
At the beginning of the year, a furnace from the beginning of the 20th century which was part of the heating system of the palace chapel was excavated.
The Kozłówka Palace and Zamoyski Museum in Kozłówka are located in the late Baroque magnate residence, former seat of the aristocratic Zamoyski family.
Today it is one of the best-preserved palace complexes in Europe with authentic furnishings from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in the style of the Second Empire.