World’s Most Expensive White Wine Destined for Bali

LONDON

The world’s most expensive bottle of white wine is destined to end up on a restaurant table in Bali.

The 200-year-old vintage from Bordeaux set a new world when it was sold in Britain for £75,000 (US$122,685) to French private collector Christian Vanneque.

Vanneque plans to offer the 1811 Chateau d’Yquem at his new SIP Sunset Grill, which is due to open in Seminyak in September.

The standard-sized, 75 centilitre bottle of wine was sold on Tuesday at London’s Ritz hotel by rare wine specialists The Antique Wine Company.

Managing director Stephen Williams praised the “legendary vintage,” one of the so-called “Comet Vintages” which takes its name from the Flaugergues Comet which passed the earth in 1811.

“Chateau d’Yquem is the world’s greatest white wine,” he said.

Unlike most whites which spoil after a few years, the Chateau d’Yquem, produced near Sauternes, in the famous wine-producing region of Bordeaux in France, has improved with maturity and could age indefinitely, the company said.

Its high levels of residual sugar, combined with the grapes’ natural acidity, act as preservative agents which stop it becoming undrinkable, he explained.

“It has the capacity to last longer than any other white,” said Williams. Although this bottle has yet to be opened it is likely to have a “butterscotch sweetness,” he said.

“We would expect it to have a creamy texture, coating the mouth with richness, and leave a sweet taste in the mouth,” he added.

The wine’s value was also higher because of its status as one of the “Comet Vintages,” said the wine dealers.

“The impressive value of this bottle is tied to both the quality of the wine and this historic event,” they said.

Vanneque, who already has the biggest wine collection in Indonesia, said he planned to put the rare bottle on display the SIP Sunset Grill.

The record for the most expensive white wine was previously held by a 1787 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes, which came from the same vineyard as the 1811 vintage and costs an average of $60,000 a bottle.

The record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold was set in November by a rare six-litre bottle of 1947 French Cheval-Blanc, a red which sold at auction house Christie’s, in Geneva, for $304,375.

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