That people are willing to spend extraordinary amounts of money on wine should come as no surprise. Still, when private collector Christian Vanneque recently bought a bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem for £75,000 (that’s about $123,231), it did not go unnoticed. More precisely, it garnered a wave of international attention as the world’s most expensive white wine sold to date.
Wine geeks are quick to explain the many factors that contribute to the bottle’s lofty price tag — it comes from one of the most prestigious producers of sweet white wines, it has earned flawless ratings, and it was produced in the year of the Great Comet. And don’t assume that the pricey bottle is going to remain hidden away in some great cellar, untouched, for another 200 years. In an interview with Reuters, Vanneque revealed that he plans to display the bottle at his Bali restaurant for six years before opening it to celebrate a special anniversary.
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