The World Record
The 1811 Château d'Yquem was sold at a record-breaking £75,000 ($117,000).
This exceeds the previous highest price for a white wine, a 1787 Château d'Yquem (also sold by The Antique Wine Company, for $56,588).
To qualify as a world record for the Most Valuable White Wine, Guinness provides strict guidelines that must be adhered to.Read the full guidelines for the world record »
- The record is for the highest price an individual bottle of white wine is sold for (this category is only open for white wine). This may be a one off purchase or a registered retail price.
- This is measured in the currency it was bought in and then converted to UK£ Sterling, Euros and US$ at the currency rates on the day of purchase.
- The item must be recognisable as a bottle of white wine by an independent expert witness, who must provide a statement confirming the finding.
- Proof of quality and ingredients used in the making must be submitted (where possible).
- The wine must be drinkable.
- The sale has to be genuine and the item must be paid for by the purchaser in full to be accepted.
- Proof of purchase by the buyer must be submitted, along with proof of monetary transaction (in the form of bank records or copies of credit card receipts, clearly showing amount, date, purchaser/seller information).
Letter of Authentication
(View large version)
The Antique Wine Company considers provenance to be the most critical factor in defining the quality and value of fine wine.
There are numerous records of Chateau d'Yquem 1811 appearing in the estate archives and on European wine merchant and restaurant listings throughout the past two centuries.
This particular bottle was also inspected by the cellar master at Chateau d'Yquem and The Antique Wine Company's authentication team in 2007.