He surfaced with one of the bottles and opened it and tasted it with his colleagues.He said: “It was fantastic! It had a very sweet taste, you could taste the oak and it had a very strong tobacco smell about it and it had really small bubble.” The diver who retrieved the champagne said it was an honour to drink it Clicquot champagne, according to records, was first produced in 1772 but was laid down for 10 years. Production was disrupted after the French Resolution in 1789. The wine found was perfectly reserved because of the conditions of the dark and cold seabed. If it's discovered that the bottles do come from the 1780s, that would make them about 40 years older than current record-holder, a bottle of Perrier-Jouet from 1825. Wine bottles have estimated that each bottle would be worth around 500,000 Swedish kronor (£45,000) at auction. It was off the coast of Aaland that the bottles were found, an autonomous part of Finland. It will be the local authorities that will decide what is done with the shipwreck and the remaining bottles of champagne.