47,000 euros for almost 250 year old sherry
In 2004, a bottle of Penfolds Grange Hermitage went to an Australian wine lover and collector from Adelaide for 32,000 euros. Only 20 bottles of this vintage should still be available today. But this history, which has now lasted almost 70 years, is no comparison to the “Massandra Sherry de la Frontera”, which was auctioned in 2001 for around 47,000 euros. This dates from 1775 and is considered “the rarest of its kind”.
A former sommelier cost 79,700 euros for a 200 year old bottle of “Chteau dYquem” white wine, which is now kept behind a bulletproof glass in a restaurant on Bali. A double magnum bottle of “Chteau Mouton Rothschild” from 1945 at an auction in Hong Kong in 2012 cost a little more, around 80,819 euros. According to the “Weinkauf Online” portal, this vintage is an exceptional year. In 2006, a 3-liter bottle of the same wine and the same vintage changed hands in Los Angeles for three times the price, 263,000 euros.
Waiter breaks the most expensive wine in the world at the time
The legendary “Chteau Lafite” from 1787 is titled under the nickname “the vinegar of the billionaire”. The legendary status is based, among other things, on the fact that it was said to have been in the possession of the former US President Thomas Jefferson, especially since the initials “Th. J.” are engraved in the glass of the bottle. In 1985 the publisher Malcolm Forbes bought the bottle for 132,000 euros, which is now in the Forbes Collection in New York.
On the other hand, a bottle of “Chteau Margaux” from the same year 1787 is considered to have belonged to the wine collection of former US President Thomas Jefferson. According to a report by Weinkauf Online, the value of the bottle is said to have been US $ 500,000. New York merchant William Sokolin brought the bottle for a tasting in 1989. However, a waiter accidentally bumped into the table and the bottle broke into pieces. The insurance paid the equivalent of 197,000 euros.
In 2010 there was a bidding battle in Hong Kong. The object of desire was a bottle of the 1869 “Chteau Lafite”. In the end, the bid for around 200,000 euros went to an anonymous bidder. The “Cheval Blanc” from 1947 from the French winery “Chteau Cheval Blanc” is considered one of the best Bordeaux wines of all. The extremely rare 6-liter bottle changed hands in November 2010 for 267,000 euros.
Second place for the most expensive wines of all time went to a 6-liter bottle of “Screaming Eagle Cabernet” from 1992, which was auctioned in 2000 for 438,000 euros. However, that wine auction was used for charitable purposes. It is therefore still questionable whether the sales price corresponds to the actual collector’s value.
The front runner is a 0.75-liter bottle of the French Burgundy “Romane-Conti” from 1945, which was auctioned in 2018 for around 489,000 euros. Just a few minutes later, another bottle of the same wine was sold at the same auction for 434,000 euros, which made the wine the most expensive and third most expensive wine of all time in one fell swoop.
Philipp Beiwanger / Forex-news.com.net editors
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