How much would you pay for a bottle of sweet white wine? Tell you what, I certainly would not pay £75 000.00 (close to $118 000)! But I’m guessing that if you are ridiculously solvent, an Extreme Wine Connoisseur, and love the idea of drinking not only the most exclusive dessert wine in the world, but one which is a time capsule from another century, you wouldn’t bat an eyelid. Someone fitting that description handed over precisely that amount, and is now the holder of the world record for buying the most expensive bottle of white wine in recorded history.
The wine I am referring to is a bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem, and that my friends is no ordinary wine. The buyer is a Monsieur Christian Vanneque, who holds the distinction of being the former Head Sommelier at La Tour d’Argent. Word is he is not going to drink it (yet), but will use it as a display in his restaurant in Bali for 6 years. And if you are entertaining any thoughts of a heist, perish them. The wine will be safely housed in a bulletproof, temperature controlled showcase until Drink Day in August 2017 at La Tour d’Argent in Paris. Monsieur Vanneque says he already has a menu planned for the occasion, but didn’t go into details. Foie gras is a traditional accompaniment to Château d’Yquem, so I’m pretty sure that will be on the menu.
There are very few wines which date back 200 years which can reasonably be expected not only to be drinkable, but to be good. Château d’Yquem has its high sugar content to thank for this quality, and the 1811 Vintage in particular is reputed to be one of the greatest Yquem’s on record, not only because of the excellent climatology of that year, but also because the Great Comet made an appearance. Nothing like a kiss from the stars to add to a legend. At about £1000.00 a sip, let’s hope that the omens are correct.
If you want a quick introduction to Château d’Yquem, have a look at my entry in the database. La Tour d’Argent has an interesting history – for more, click on the link below.
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Would you pay this much for a bottle of wine? Ever tried Château d’Yquem? I look forward to you comments, suggestions, and questions