LL travels back in time – When the most expensive wine in the world was drunk and broken


The name William Sokolin rang a bell with wine merchants back in 1989 and it potentially yet does. The wine merchant accidently broke a bottle of 1787 Château Margaux at the Bordeaux dinner three decades ago but it’s a name we have not forgotten. If you’re a wine connoisseur, you would realise the monumental worth and monetary value of this bottle.

Of course, this accident caused quite a bit of flurry and heartbreak in the hearts of the 193 guests that were there to witness this event at the Pool Room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.

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The bottle is believed to be the property of Thomas Jefferson (remember the Declaration of Independence) and was discovered behind a Paris cellar wall in 1985. Sokolin came into the picture when he received the 1787 Margaux on consignment from a British wine firm, and he recently declared it to be worth $519,750.

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Sokolin has a notorious reputation for himself and his wines, so people are hesitating to believe the accident. By the way, the insurance company paid off only $225,000.

While we may never know how the wine tasted but the 1787 Château Margaux is said to resemble chocolate-brown goo and emitted an intense aroma similar to that of stewed prunes.