Chateau d’Yquem 1787
Chateau d’Yquem 1787 is a vintage white wine produced by Chateau d’Yquem.
The grapes used to make this wine were picked when George Washington became the first President of the United States of America, Marie Antoinette was about to have her head chopped off in the French Revolution and James Watt was developing the first steam engine. As such, the wine is often regarded as a piece of history, regardless of how well the wine has aged and whether or not it is drinkable.
- In 1986, a bottle of Chateau d’Yquem sold for $56,588 at a Christie’s auction in London. This bottle is one of several that was found behind a cellar wall in Paris in 1985 inscribed with the initials Th. J. These bottles are believed to have belonged to Declaration of Independence writer, Thomas Jefferson.
- In 2006, the Antique Wine Company broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s most valuable bottle of white wine. The bottle was sold for $90,000 breaking the previous record of $56,000 set in 1985. According to Stephen Williams, managing director of the Antique Wine Company, the bottle was owned by famous French wine merchant, Raymond Beaudouin, who supplied some of France’s top restaurants such as Taillevent and formed Frances most influential wine magazine “Le Revue du Vin de France”. The bottle has been opened and re-corked by Count Alexandre Lur Saluces on several occasions during the past century. Williams delivered the wine to the winning bidder in his private jet.