Chateau Margaux 1787
Chateau Margaux 1787 is a vintage wine produced by Chateau Margaux. The wine
Chateau Margaux 1787 is possibly best well known for being the most expensive bottle of wine ever broken.
In 1989, New York wine merchant, William Sokolin was the owner of a bottle of Chateau Margaux 1787. This bottle was one of several different wines that were inscribed with the initial Th. J and discovered behind a Paris cellar wall in 1985. It is thought that this bottle once belonged to Declaration of Independence writer, Thomas Jefferson.
Sokolin valued the bottle of Chateau Margaux 1787 at $500,000 but there was no interest.
Sokolin claimed that it wasn’t until after he had sat down to dinner at the Four Seasons restaurant, did he realise that the guests of honour were the owners of the wine that he was trying to sell on their behalf. He claims he wandered to himself why the wine should be in a dark cellar when it could be at the party. He took a taxi back to his apartment, retrieved the wine, and rushed back to the restaurant where he began to show it around.
At the end of the evening, a waiter bumped into the table, causing the bottle to fall to the ground and smash. Fortunately, Sokolin had the bottle insured for $225,000, a sum that the insurance company did pay out.
At $225,000 the bottle is technically the most expensive bottle of wine sold outside of a charity auction, though it is usually valued at lower than the Chateau Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux 1787 which famously sold for $160,000.
Main article: Chateau Margaux
Chateau Margaux was founded in the 1400s.
In 1977, the property was bought by Laura and Andre Mentzelopoulos who spent much money renovating the property, vineyards and winemaking facilities.
It took just one vintage, 1978, for the improvements to show up in the wine. Andre Mentzelopoulos died before he could see these improvements. The company is now run by his wife Laura and daughter Corinne with the help of wine experts Paul Pontallier, Jean Grangerou and Emile Peynaud.