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Ch. d'Yquem 1811: Most Valuable Sweet Trivia

Posted: Tuesday, 26 July 2011 18:08

Ch. d'Yquem 1811: Most Valuable Sweet Trivia

July 26: A bottle of 1811 Château d'Yquem was sold for $117,000 (Rs. 55 lakhs) by a French private collector at the Ritz in Central London, making it the most expensive white wine sold, an equivalent of which would help an Indian wine connoisseur couple buy a Mercedes for each with a perhaps few cases of wines to boot.

Pic: Antique Wine Company
The 200-year-old bottle bought by Christian Vanneque from the rare wine specialists Antique Wine Company was accompanied by a Record of Inspection from Chateau d'Yquem. The record for most expensive white wine was previously held by a 1787 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes, priced at $100,000.

Most white wines are not known to last that long. Due to the presence of extra sugar in sweet wines like this First Growth from Bordeaux, Chateau d'Yquem may age for indefinitely long periods, even changing the colour and complexity of the wine. The wines in Sauternes where the most iconic winery making  sweet white wine is located uses Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in the blend and is world famous for its complex fruit flavours, extra-ordinary length and an excellent longevity.

 Vanneque is a former sommelier at the Paris restaurant La Tour d’Argent. He was also one of the experts at the Judgment of Paris wine tasting in 1976 organised by Steven Spurrier that had the top French and California wines vie for top honours against each other. He unveiled the bottle at a London press conference today, saying he will never sell the bottle.

Mr Vanneque who has moved to Asia now, said he would put the wine on display in his new restaurant SIP Sunset Grill to open soon in Bali, Indonesia. “It will be featured and displayed in a bulletproof showcase, like a painting, so people can see it easily,” Mr. Vanneque said. “This showcase will be temperature and humidity controlled. It’ll be a mini-Fort Knox, impossible to open, ” says the report in WSJ

The wine has naturally set a new Guinness World Record.



B.Shankaranarayan Says:

As far as I know Adobe is not a town but a kind of building material made of clay, soil, water and organic fibrous material. Adobe Walls is a ghost town in Texas. Nokia is certainly a brand and a town in Finland and Mont Blanc is a "white mountain" in the alps. Using the examples cited, Portugal has every right to Porto or Oporto since it is where a particular style of wine is made. But not Port since that is not a place in Portugal. By common usage the wine from Porto has been called Port in English. The difficulty lies in the fact that port is also a common noun in English with many meanings. Portugal can certainly claim a right to the words Oporto or Porto Generally common nouns cannot and should be allowed to be copyrighted. One solution is for Oporto/Porto to change its name to Port :)

Posted @ July 02, 2011 10:21




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