Burgandy wine is a favorite amongst connoisseurs of the spirit and a recent testimony to this is the sale of the cherished 1945 Romanee-Conti for a record-breaking price of $785,000 at the Sotheby’s auction in New York. The sale that took place over the last weekend also saw another bottle of the same wine being sold at a similar tag of $698,000.
Both the decanters came from the personal collection of Robert Drouhin, who hails from a prominent wine producing family. While reminiscing about the history of the wine, Mr.Drouhin explained that during the German invasion of France in the 1930s his father had created a false wall inside of their cellar to make sure the wine was never discovered. He further exclaimed, “It is both with regret and pleasure that I share these bottles. Regret even through there remain some for my children and friends, but mainly pleasure as those who will purchase the bottles — apart from the appreciation of quality and luxury they convey — they will receive a testimony of my family and Burgundy at its very best.”
The luxe Romanee-Conti is said to have been sold for 17-times its estimated price. It also breaks the record for a standard wine bottle which was previously held by an 1869 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, sold in Hong Kong in 2010 for £177,000. Other spirits sold at the Sotheby’s auction include three magnums of the 1937 that went down for $310,000 each.