The Burgundians of Romanée-Conti are the Holy Grail of wines, the most desired and expensive in the world, for which enthusiasts and collectors are will pay an arm and a leg. They are willing to spend 558 thousand dollars for a single bottle: an absolute record.
This took place at the auction on October 13 held by Sotheby’s in New York where they sold the most expensive wine in the world.
The reds of the Romanée-Conti estate are of the highest quality, extravagantly priced beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. Yet, how is it possible that a single bottle be valued at over half a million dollars?
The wine in question is part of the 600 bottles produced from the vintage of 1945 immediately after the end of the World War II and the vines were harvested immediately after.
It is a very rare Burgundy – almost mythical, we would dare to define it. From an initial forecast of 32 thousand dollars, it was auctioned for 558 thousand dollars. It is an unprecedented record. It is the highest price ever paid at an auction for a single bottle of wine.
That same evening at the auction, a second bottle was sold. A bottle of Romanée-Conti 1945 at 498 thousand dollars, and three bottles 1943 vintage at 310 thousand dollars each.
In addition, Sotheby’s has also sold a very rare bottle of whiskey, The Macallan 1926, (60 Years Old, labeled by Sir Peter Blake) at 843,000 dollars, a record for auctions in North America.
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