Bottle of white wine sets world record price

Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:58am EDT
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By Alice Baghdjian

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The sale of a 200-year-old bottle of white wine for 75,000 pounds ($121,000) has set a new Guinness World Record for the most valuable bottle of white wine ever sold.

The buyer of the 1811 Château d'Yquem was private collector Christian Vanneque, former head Sommelier at the Michelin starred La Tour d'Argent restaurant in Paris.

Though 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.

The climatology of the year, reviews from tastings, as well as the auspicious appearance of the Great Comet in that year, all indicate an excellent wine.

"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 is a rare wine, which been tasted on three occasions and each time received five out of five stars," he added.

"It was not just purchased as an investment - it is also going to be an enjoyment."

"I did not know it was the most expensive white wine ever sold when I purchased it, but I did know it was the most expensive wine I had ever paid for."   Continued...