A French private collector has smashed the record for the most expensive bottle of white wine sold commercially by purchasing a rare bottle of 1811 Château d'Yquem for £75,000. The 200-year-old bottle was sold at the Ritz, in central London by specialists The Antique Wine Company to Christian Vanneque.
The 1811 Château d'Yquem is recognized by many authorities as being the best wine ever produced and has a Robert Parker perfect score of 100. Mr Vanneque says he now plans to put the wine on display in his new restaurant in Bali, Indonesia.
He went on to reveal that he will be drinking it in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of him becoming a Sommelier and says he plans to invite Stephen Williams, MD of The Antique Wine Company to share the bottle with him.