WE just hope one of these doesn’t get tossed into the casserole by mistake, after all it’s not every day you pay a-near $2,500 a bottle for a good drop of red… and for not just one, but for a whole dozen at that near-$2,500 each.
But a keen wine collector in the UK has just parted with a whopping 17,625 English pounds, or the equivalent of around AU$29,750, at an auction in London for a 12-bottle case of French 1999 Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru from Burgundy’s Domaine Armand Rousseau.
The Domaine, that is recognised as one of Burgundy’s greatest, was created by the Rousseau family at the beginning of the 20th century, and is still owned by the family today.
Prestige auction house Bonhams conducted the auction that also saw a dozen bottles of 1992 Petrus Pomerol go under the hammer for 16,450 pounds (AU$27,771) and a case of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 Pauillac Grand Cru for 12,925 pounds (AU$21,820.)
And there were plenty of others from Burgundy sold for up to 11,000 pounds per dozen bottle case, fetching their German former owner a very healthy 110,000 pounds (around AU$186,000) – and which makes us beg the question, has anyone ever been tempted to pull the cork on just one bottle from just such a purchase?
FOOTNOTE: And while on auctions, a classic 1955 Jaguar D-Type that’s the only one of its kind in Australia, is anticipated to fetch close to $8m when it goes to auction in Melbourne on Saturday night October 14th, making it the highest-value car every auctioned in this country. You can have a look at it on mossgreenmotoring.com.au/