Can a bottle of wine ever be worth spending £75,000 on?
Well one man who thinks so is Somelier Christian Vanneque who today splashed out a whopping £75,000 on a 1811 vintage Château d’Yquem breaking a world record in the process for the most expensive bottle of white wine not sold at auction – the previous record was a still very extortionate £31,400, a 1787 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes - bottled by the same vineyard (Who are obviously very savvy!)
Unbelievably this is not the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold – that title belongs to a bottle of red 1947 French Cheval-Blanc sold at auction for at £192,000 at Christie’s in Geneva.
The 200 year old bottle will be displayed by Vanneque at his new restaurant in Bali….(nice bit of publicity for the new restaurant me thinks!) - 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.
“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 was not just purchased as an investment – it is also going to be an enjoyment - 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.
He’s obviously not heard there’s a recession – £75,00 would buy you a small house in some parts of the UK…phew!!