LONDON — Parisian wine collector Christian Vanneque has struck liquid gold, setting a Guinness World Record for the most valuable white wine ever sold with his purchase of a bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem for £75,000 ($115,800).
“This wine is very special — it is attached to the most renowned white wine in the world, and it was produced in the year of the Great Comet, which was believed to enhance the quality of the wine,” Vanneque told Reuters, while speaking of the rare vintage, which doesn’t spoil because of the high levels of residual sugar mixed with the grape acidity of the wine.
The former head sommelier of the Michelin-star La Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris is already planning to house the vintage vino in a bullet-proof, temperature-controlled showcase at a restaurant he owns in Bali. The collector plans to open the wine in six years to celebrate his 50th career anniversary.
The private sale was by The Antique Wine Company.