Sotheby’s Auction Sets New Wine Record

How much would you pay for a bottle of wine? Would you pay £8,700 a bottle?

At a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong on Saturday (4th October) a collector paid $1.6m for 114 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée Conti (DRC) Burgundy.

The “superlot” contained 6 bottles of every vintage between 1992 and 2010. An opportunity too good to miss for someone with £1m to spend.

There have been vineyards on the land in the DRC estate since the 13th century. Over the centuries wine from this estate has become some of the most collectable and expensive in the world.

But… £8,700 a bottle? Perhaps I’ll leave the last words to Roald Dahl, who famously once said

“to drink a Romanée-Conti is like having an orgasm in the mouth and nose at the same time”

Full story in Decanter.

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