A 200-year-old bottle of 1811 Chateau d’Yquem has set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s most valuable bottle of white wine, after it was sold for 75,000 pounds.
Wine connoisseur and private collector Christian Vanneque purchased the rare vintage from Antique Wine Company for his new establishment, SIP Sunset Grill in Bali, Indonesia, where it will go on display when the restaurant launches in September, reports the Daily Mail.
The costly tipple is prized as one of the greatest wines in the history of Bordeaux and one of the supreme vintages ever produced.
It was rated the ultimate “100 points” by wine critic Robert Parker and again 100 points by The Wine Spectator’s Per-Henrik Mansson in 1999.
The majority of white wines are not meant to age. In fact, most of them expire in the bottle after just a few years. But Chateau d’Yquem is the exception.
The high levels of residual sugar in the wine, combined with the grapes’ natural acidity, serve as preservative agents, which protect it from spoilage.
If stored properly, d’Yquem can age for indefinite periods. There are only a few wines in the world that have these unique properties.