LONDON, February 10 /PRNewswire/ --
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How much would you pay for your favourite bottle of wine? GBP 50? GBP 100? One wine connoisseur has just bought what is thought to be the most expensive bottle of white wine in the world at US$100,000 (GBP55,000): a 1787 vintage Sauternes from Château Yquem.
Stephen Williams, Managing Director of London based Antique Wine Company who sourced and completed the deal, said: "We have been working for some time on this commission and the purchaser is a long standing customer of ours. Even though we regularly work on commissions to source rare wines this one has been particularly gratifying.
"This is really a very rare wine and our client, a US based collector of fine wines, will treasure this prize to add to an already impressive collection."
But at over 200 years old what will the wine taste like? "Château Yquem is a sweet wine made in Bordeaux from completely shrivelled up, late harvested grapes. It has the concentration that enables it to mature for many years, even centuries. Apart from the taste, the enjoyment of wine as old as this is a remarkably nostalgic experience. In 1787 when peasants in Bordeaux were picking these grapes, George Washington became the first President of the United States, the French Revolution began, George III was King of England and James Watt was developing the steam engine!"
The valuable bottle was acquired by the Antique Wine Company from a private collector in France. Williams, who collected it in his private plane, will now fly to The United States to complete his mission by personally delivering the wine to his US client. When asked if this is rather a fuss over a bottle of wine Williams replied, "Not really, it might be the most expensive and pampered travelling companion I've ever had, but providing highly personal service is what our business is all about, and at GBP10,000 per glass I have to be sure that our client is left with a sweet taste in his mouth".
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SOURCE Antique Wine Company