Man Spends $117,000 on Wine, Setting New World Record

Former sommelier and wine expert Christian Vanneque acquires a bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem, the world’s most expensive bottle of wine.

Christian Vanneque, the former sommelier of La Tour d’Argent in Paris, France, purchased a 200-year-old bottle of the prestigious dessert wine Château d’Yquem on Tuesday for $117,000, setting a new world record for the priciest bottle of white wine in the world.

The expert wine taster on the 1976 Judgment of Paris panel revealed his trophy bottle at a recent press conference in London. Vanneque purchased the 1811 bottling from Steven Williams of the Antique Wine Co., who originally acquired it after purchasing the complete cellar of a private European collector in 2007.

Not only is the 1811 Château d’Yquem noted for its tremendous longevity, deep golden hue and unctuous flavors of crème brûlée, it’s also the product of a comet vintage—an astronomical event believed by winemakers to yield ideal weather conditions and ultimately exceptional wines.

For the time being, Vanneque will keep the wine sealed in a bulletproof, temperature-controlled display case at his Bali restaurant, Sip Sunset Grill, opening next month. He plans to uncork the legendary bottle in 2017 in celebration of his 50-year career.

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Published on July 27, 2011
Topics: France, News and Trends

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