On the 23rd February 1900, 1.5 million bottles of champagne, as well as cases and barrels of wine, were lost beneath the cellars of Pol Roger in Epernay, when part of the buildings and cellars collapsed. Heavy rains are reputed to be the cause of the collapse The buildings have been deemed too danger for any humans to attempt a rescue, but now there is hope, as the producer is hoping to use a robot to take on the mission.
The rescue mission was conceived of following the discovery of 26 bottles of intact champagne, using sonar technology which detected a cavity beneath the site on the Avenue de Champagne last February. Further excavation of the site in advance of building plans highlighted the possibility of further intact bottles, which with the help of robotic assistance could be safely removed. Watch this space.