There aren’t many wines that come with their own bodyguard. But this isn’t just any old drink. It’s the world’s most expensive bottle of white wine.
The 200 year-old Chateau d’Yquem was snapped up for £75,000 ($123,000) by French collector Christian Vanneque.
“It is like getting acquainted with a lady who is 200 years old and I am quite shy. It is next to me and I just touched it earlier and it is quite humbling. I knew I had Napoleon’s height and now I have something from his reign.”
Fine wines have become a hot market for investors seeing an alternative to riskier stocks and shares.
Last year a 1947 French Cheval-Blanc, sold by Christie’s in Geneva for 192,000 pounds ($314,000).
Vanneque will put the wine on display in his new restaurant in Bali later this year. But in six years time – after a 50-year career as a sommelier – he plans to share it with friends and family
Only then will he know whether the 200 year-old vintage has truly improved with age and if it was worth the hefty price tag.
Bottom line: A private French collector has paid 75,000 pounds ($123,000 US) for a 200-year-old white wine, setting a new world record for a bottle of white wine sold commercially.