The world’s most expensive white wine

Christian Vanneque holding a bottle of 1811 Chateau dYquemWould you pay £75,000 for a bottle of wine?  French collector and restaurateur Christian Vanneque did just that at the London Ritz Hotel recently in exchange for a 200-year-old bottle of Château d’Yquem making it the most expensive bottle of white wine in the world. But this wine is not for drinking.  He plans to put it on display – behind bullet-proof glass – at his new restaurant in Bali, Indonesia.

The grapes for this particular bottle were harvested just after the Great Comet of 1811 – the most famous of the comet vintages.  Ten barrels of 1811 Château d’Yquem were made – about 3,000 bottles – most of it exported to Russia, and there are now only 10 confirmed bottles left in existence.

It’s a shame Christian won’t be sampling his new acquisition.  D’Yquem is renowned for aging for indefinite periods due to the preservative properties of its natural sugar and acidity and developing in flavour; in fact the last recorded tasting of this vintage was in 1998 by Michael Broadbent.  He says in his book Vintage Wine that ‘It reminded me of raspberries and cream. Considerable depth and length. Dry Finish.’  The U.S. wine critic Robert Parker sampled the wine in 1996 and gave it a 100-point rating, saying it tasted like “liquefied crème brûlée”.

Christian may even change his mind,  He has invited me to share it with him in about five year’s time”, said Stephen Williams, MD of The Antique Wine Company who sold the bottle.

So how much does that work out per glass? About £20,000…

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