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World Record Wine Bottle Sale

Bottle of white wine sets world record price

5161150 World Record Wine Bottle Sale

A bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem, which has set a new world record for the most valuable bottle of white wine.

Photograph by: Ben Stansall, Getty Images

The sale of a 200-year-old bottle of white wine for 75,000 pounds ($121,000) has set a new Guinness World Record for the most valuable bottle of white wine ever sold.

The buyer of the 1811 Château d’Yquem was private collector Christian Vanneque, former head Sommelier at the Michelin starred La Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris.

Though Château d’Yquem is famed for being one of the finest and most expensive sweet white wines, the 1811 vintage has a particular attraction for wine enthusiasts.

The climatology of the year, reviews from tastings, as well as the auspicious appearance of the Great Comet in that year, all indicate an excellent wine.

"This wine is very special — it is attached to the most renowned white wine in the world, and it was produced in the year of the Great Comet, which was believed to enhance the quality of the wine," Vanneque told Reuters.

"It is a rare wine, which been tasted on three occasions and each time received five out of five stars," he added.

"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."

The high concentration of sugar in Château d’Yquem means it has a drinking life which far outstrips that of other wines.

The wine will be displayed in a bullet-proof, temperature and hydrometrically controlled showcase for six years at his restaurant, the SIP Sunset Grill in Bali.

"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," Vanneque said.

The private sale was by the Antique Wine Company, which had also held the previous record for white wine — an 1887 Château d’Yquem at $100,000.

"I always have a tear in my eye when I sell a bottle of wine but I’m comforted by the knowledge that it has been purchased by someone passionate about wine and it’s going to a good home," said company Managing Director Stephen Williams.

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2 Responses to “World Record Wine Bottle Sale”

  1. Wow, thanks for the tid-bit of info. I can share it with everyone I work with.

  2. Vercetti Sky says:

    It is very nice that you can enjoy a bottle of wine and knowing that every little sip cost about $2,000.00 Knowing you spent 121k on a bottle of wine that will be gone in 1 sitting wont satisfy your entire family. But you got your name in the papers and a great wine is always good. Do you know how many bottles of wine I could share with people for 121k? Just make sure you dont break the bottle. why dont you try the Guinness book of world records and light 122k in a pit on fire for the biggest money pit up in flames. Thank you for your time and enjoy the fine taste of money being sipped away and think of how many hours it took to make that money and how fast the bottle will be empty… ciao

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