Anantara Kihavah, Maldives

Anantara Kihavah, Maldives
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Champagne tasting beneath the waves

Anantara Kihavah launches a tasting of Champagne that has been aged below the ocean surface.

Want to taste wine in an exceptional location? You could head to the Maldives: Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has launched an underwater-aged wine-tasting experience. Taking place six metres below the Indian Ocean, guests can taste Dom Perignon Champagne, which has been aged submerged in open water for 365 days.

The resort has an underwater wine cellar, where wine experts started an experiment of submerging bottles of Dom Perignon 2008 vintage below the ocean's surface to age for 365 days. After the sunken bottles were retrieved, the Champagnes gained distinct flavour notes such as seaweed, minerals, and salinity in their taste.

Every year, a limited number of premium bottles are submerged underwater at Kihavah's house reef, away from direct sunlight. This way, the ageing process of wine will be faster, absorbing the sea minerals and salinity while corals form beautifully on the bottles over time.

The resort periodically conducts comparative tastings between an underwater-aged wine and a cellar-aged wine to determine the distinct changes in flavours and components. Its wine experts include a selected number of classic wines on the list, and today there are 22 sunken Champagne and wines in the reef, including underwater aged Dom Perignon Brut Millesime, Épernay, France 2012, Umbria IGT 'Cervaro della Sala' Chardonnay, amongst others.

Situated in Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the resort's underwater SEA restaurant diners enjoy panoramic views of tropical marine life, including turtles, manta rays and clown fish. The private underwater-aged wine tastings cost $2,455 for two; Villas at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Robert Prazak
Robert Prazak
Editor Falstaff International
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