Chateau Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux 1787
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux 1787 is a vintage French wine made by Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The wine
This wine is fermented in 27 vats of Bosnian oak and spends between 24 and 30 months in French oak barriques.
This wine is one of the most expensive wines ever sold. It was owned by ex president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson whose initials (Th. J) can still be found on the bottle.
The wine was sold for in 1985 $156,450 at a Christie’s auction in London by the late publisher, Malcolm Forbes. The wine was no longer drinkable at the date of purchase and was explicitly bought as a piece of Jefferson memorabilia. It now resides in the Forbes Collection in New York.
The wine found its way into the hands of William Koch who alleged that the bottle of Chateau Rothschild Bordeaux 1787 was a fake and launched an investigation to find the true origin of the wine.
The Wall Street Journal said that the Boston Museum of Fine Arts asked Koch to prove the origin of the wine when displaying his collection in 2005.
Scientific testing concluded that the wine had in fact been produced before 1945. However, after working with glass specialists, Koch holds that the initials on the bottle (apparently those of Thomas Jefferson), were engraved using electric power tools or tools with a flexible shaft that were not invented until well after the 18th century. Koch also holds that the Forbes Company investigated the bottle and agreed that it was fraudulent.
Christie’s wine director, Michael Broadbent, said that the glass and engraved initials were of the period.
Finally, in 1992, analysis by Zurich scientists established ‘beyond doubt’ the authenticity of the wine, cork and bottle.