Corks pop as vintage case of wine sells for €132k
A picture taken on June 15, 2013 shows a bottle of the Chateau Cheval Blanc’s Premier Grand Cru Classe A, in Saint-Emilion, southwestern France.
HENRY SAMUEL PARIS – 18 DECEMBER 2013
A Case of 1947 Cheval Blanc wine has been bought for €131,600 in one of the most expensive purchases in a French auction, it emerged yesterday.
The sale price means that each bottle costs almost €11,000.
Packaged in its original wooden case, the bottles were re-corked at the St-Emilion chateau during the 1990s to protect the wine from oxidation.
“The price may seem high but compared to the true value of this lot, it’s not over the top,” said Aubert Boge of Millesimes, the wine merchant, who bought the case on behalf of a private collector earlier this month.
“1947 was the vintage of the century for this chateau, it is mythical,” he said. “Bottles of 1947 are very difficult to find.”
“This wine is undoubtedly one of the greatest Bordeaux of all times, not only because of its rare quality but also due to its extensive lifespan, as it could still be kept and enjoyed 50 years from now with no problem at all,” said Michael Ganne, Christie’s wine specialist.
Robert Parker, the wine critic, has awarded the wine a perfect 100-point score. “The huge nose of fruitcake, chocolate, leather, coffee, and Asian spices is mind-boggling. The unctuous texture and richness of sweet fruit are amazing,” he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)