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Friday 23 June 2023

Anyone for a 123-year-old bottle of Chateau d'Yquem?

So you'd like to own one of the rarest bottles of wine in the world?

If that's your bag then British auction house Dreweatts will next month be offering a bottle of 1900 Chateau d'Yquem.

When this bottle was produced Queen Victoria was on the throne and the second Boer war was in full swing.

The bottle, at 123 years old, has been carefully stored in the cellar of a private collector for many years (Chateau d'Yquem is known for its longevity due to its high sugar content).

It has been given a conservative estimate of £3,200-£4,200 - which seems ludicrously low given (a bottle of 1811 Chateau d'Yquem sold for £75,000 in 2011, making it the most expensive bottle of white wine in the world).

Dreweatts says it expects bidding from around the world.

The bottle has provenance and was re-corked at the Chateau in 1996.

d'Yquem, of course, is coveted for its concentration, complexity and sweetness.

Mark Robertson, wine consultant at Dreweatts, said: “Having been re-corked at the Chateau in 1996 and stored beautifully by a collector and restaurateur ever since, this 1900 Château d’Yquem is a compelling combination of a mouth-watering colour, provenance and historical importance.

"Château d’Yquem’s enchantment is her ability to age and I often tell my clients to buy Château Climens for themselves, but Château d’Yquem for their descendants."

The bottle will be offered in Dreweatts upcoming sale of Wine, Champagne and Spirits on July 4.

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