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East French Antique Wine fetches Record Price

Posted: Tuesday, 08 February 2011 15:03

East French Antique Wine fetches Record Price

The world of wine getting used to the record auction prices of Lafite and other Bordeaux wines was jolted on Saturday with the news that a 1774 Vin Jaune from the relatively unknown Jura region of France fetched a record price of €57,000 by a Swiss representing a wine amateur group at the local annual auction.

Photo: AAP

To get a clearer perspective, you could instead buy over 25 Tata Nano cars, a 2-BR apartment in Gurgaon and if you’d rather drink white wine, you could buy 600 cases of premium India Sauvignon Blanc. When the grapes for the bottle were harvested, USA was still under the British rule.

"Finally, yellow wine has hit the big leagues," reportedly the wine festival founder Bernard Badoz said of Vin Jaune, the traditional wine of the region also known as yellow wine because of its deep rich golden colour, made in the relatively unknown Jura wine region in eastern France. It is a special, characteristic type of dry white wine made from the obscure local grape called Savagnin. It is similar to dry fino Sherry and gets its character from the maturation in a barrel under a film of yeast, known as flor in Jerez, Spain and as voile in this region. Unlike Sherry it is not fortified though and has natural alcohol level of only 13-15%.

This wine is normally drunk after a meal, prefereably with local Comté cheese and nuts. Young six year old Vin Jaune-the minimum time for it must be stored, is quite crisp and fruity with floral perfumes but with maturity over decades, it becomes richer, more rounded and nutty. Once opened, the wine can last for around a couple of weeks.

Made to last centuries when of good quality, the wine from 1774 was tasted in 1994 when it was drinking excellent, according to those who reportedly tasted it.

       

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