How much would you pay for your favourite bottle of wine? What can be the maximum sold price of a white wine bottle? According to Guinness World Records, a French collector bought a rare bottle of 1811 Château d'Yquem for GBP 75,000 (INR. 5,478,138.52) on 26 July 2011. What a price man! The name of the buyer is Christian Vanneque, who is the former head sommelier at the Michelin-starred La Tour d'Argent restaurant in Paris. The buyer now plans to put the wine on display in his new restaurant in Bali, Indonesia.
The 200-year-old bottle was sold at the Ritz, in central London by specialists The Antique Wine Company to Christian Vanneque. If we talk about the wine quality, 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. A relatively high acidity helps to balance the wine's sweetness. Another characteristic for which Château d'Yquem wines are known is their longevity. With proper care, a bottle will keep for a century or more. During this time, the fruity overtones will gradually fade and integrate with more complex secondary and tertiary flavours.
According to Christian Vanneque, "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...It is a rare wine, which been tasted on three occasions and each time received five out of five stars....It was not just purchased as an investment - it is also going to be an enjoyment." [Source : guardian.co.uk]. The previous record was held by a bottle of 1787 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes, which was also sold by The Antique Wine Company in 2007 for GBP 60,968 (Rs. 4,454,767).
As far as red wine is concerned, the most expensive bottle of red wine was sold in The Le Clos wine shop at Dubai International airport. In the press release, wine shop owner called it "the world's most expensive bottle of red wine to ever be retailed." Three Balthazars (12-liter bottles) of Château Margaux 2009 costs $195,000 each at that shop. The press release refers to the 2009 vintage as "one of the best" with "wonderful concentration, finesse, balance and freshness." A first-class flight to France, a private tour of its cellars and vineyard, dinner at the Château (hosted by Paul Pontallier, Chief Winemaker and Managing Director of Château Margaux) was offered to the buyer along with 12 liters of fine wine in an oak case.
It is the lightness of soil and depth of gravel of one of the deepest gravel deposits in the Medoc area of Bordeaux that give Château Margaux its perfumed nose, elegance and poise.