A 200-year-old bottle of wine has set a new record for the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold.
The 1811 Chateau d’Yquem was bought for £75,000, or just under 85,000 euros by private collector Christian Vanneque, the former head sommelier at the Michelin-starred Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris (see above for a view of the restaurant’s wine cellar.)
Chateau d’Yquem wine never comes cheap – the previous world record was an 1887 bottle bought for around 69,000 euros – but 1811 was a particularly special year. The climatic conditions are said to have been excellent and it was a year that also saw the Great Comet pass, an event that is believed to enhance a wine’s quality. According to records it has only been tasted on three occasions, each time receiving a five out of five star review.
After making his purchase, Vanneque told Reuters “It was not just purchased as an investment – it is also going to be an enjoyment. I did not know it was the most expensive white wine ever sold when I purchased it, but I did know it was the most expensive wine I had ever paid for. I will open it in six years to mark the 50th anniversary of when I began work in Paris and share it with my wife, brothers and friends — I already know what the menu will be.”
In the meantime the bottle is on display in a bullet-proof showcase that is temperature and hydro-metrically controlled for the viewing pleasure of diners at Vanneque’s restaurant in Bali.
Although it is the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold, red wines sell for even more. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the most ever paid for a single bottle is 217,000 euros for a 1947 French Cheval Blanc.