The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine Ever Sold
Wine can be bought at all prices. From rosé at $4 to prestigious Grand Cru at nearly $70,000!
By YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 5:15 p.m. ET, June 24, 2021
It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold.
In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie’s of London, a 1787 bottle of Château Lafite Bordeaux—one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson—went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. But rumors about the bottle soon arose. Why wouldn’t Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret?
It would take more than two decades for those questions to be answered and involve a gallery of intriguing players—among them Michael Broadbent, the bicycle-riding British auctioneer who speaks of wines as if they are women and staked his reputation on the record-setting sale; Serena Sutcliffe, Broadbent’s elegant archrival, whose palate is covered by a hefty insurance policy; and Bill Koch, the extravagant Florida tycoon bent on exposing the truth about Rodenstock.
Pursuing the story from Monticello to London to Zurich to Munich and beyond, Benjamin Wallace also offers a mesmerizing history of wine, complete with vivid accounts of subterranean European laboratories where old vintages are dated and of Jefferson’s colorful, wine-soaked days in France, where he literally drank up the culture.
Suspenseful, witty, and thrillingly strange, The Billionaire’s Vinegar is the vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries. It is also the debut of an exceptionally powerful new voice in narrative non-fiction.
Manufacturer: Crown Publishers
THE 10 MOST EXPENSIVE WINES IN THE WORLD
Wine can be bought at all prices. From rosé at $4 to prestigious Grand Cru at nearly $70,000! Exceptional beverages that are most often sold out of sight, in auction rooms. YEET MAGAZINE has selected the 10 most expensive wines in the world for you in case you want to break your PEL to show off in the evening, or just for fun:
1: Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits : average price of $ 16,000, can reach $27,700 in the auction room.
2: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits : average price of $13,900, can reach $40,900 in the auction room.
3: Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, Côte de Nuits : average price of $7,800, can reach over $14,700 in the auction room.
4: Egon Muller-Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Moselle : average price of $ 7,500, can reach over € 7,700 at auction.
5: Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune : average price of $6,200, can reach $8,300 in the auction room (if you don't taste this wine, you can go there and taste other excellent wines that are more affordable during your wine weekend in Burgundy ).
6: Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Moselle : average price of $5,800, can reach € 16,000 at auction .
7: Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits : average price of $ 5,600, can reach $16,700 in the auction room.
8: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune : average price of $5,000, can reach $11,900 in the auction room.
9: Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits : average price of $4,900, can reach $11,500 in the auction room.
10: Georges and Henri Jayer Echezeaux Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits : average price of $3,900, can reach $14,000 in the auction room.
The wines of Bordeaux arrive until later in the rankings, the first arriving at the 15th spot, a Petrus Pomerol average price of $2970, but sold $68,600 in auction room! It is therefore the wine that has sold the most at the moment (It is then possible to resell this bottle and buy a nice Porsche Cayenne, if you change your mind). The wines of the Bordeaux vineyard remain the most in demand, which creates a surge in prices during auctions.
PS: Above all, don't break the bottle!
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