There have been higher prices paid for red wine but never for white: a bottle of 1811 Chateau d’Yquem has sold in London for a record $117,000. Former French sommelier and restranteur Christian Vanneque bought the 200-year old Sauterne from The Antique Wine Company. He said he plans to display it in his restaurant in Bali, Indonesia.
The bottle of Chateau d’Yquem comes from a European collector’s cellar that The Antique Wine Company bought in 2007. The wine, experts agree, is still quite drinkable. Back in 1996 Robert Parker sampled the vintage and awarded it a 100-point rating, likening its taste to “liquefied crème brulee.” Vanneque plans to drink it in 2017 at Paris’ La Tour d’Argent, where he was once sommelier, to celebrate his career’s 50th anniversary. “It’s not connected to investing,” Vanneque said. “…Wine is for drinking.”
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