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Would you pay over RM7,000 for a glass of French Bordeaux?
A 12-litre bottle of 2009 Chateau Margaux is being touted as one of the best vintages in the winery’s 400-year history to justify its US$195,000 (RM620,000) price tag and make it the most expensive bottle of red wine to be retailed.
After a little number crunching, based on the assumption that a standard bottle of wine yields five 150ml glasses of wine, that works out to be a jaw-dropping US$2,437 (RM7,742) a glass.
This marks the first time that the French winery has bottled Balthazars (12-litre bottles). Only six have been produced, three of which will be offered for sale through luxury wine merchant Le Clos, whose flagship outlet is located at the Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3. Their virtual store is open 24/7.
The Balthazar is housed in an oak case which has been raised on steel legs and the bottle itself engraved in gold by a master craftsman.
Winemakers describe the wine as having “finesse, balance and freshness” with a flavourful finish of “astonishing” length which can be aged for a century.
In addition to claiming the landmark vintage, the owner will be flown first class to France to visit the estate in Bordeaux. They will also get a private tour of its cellars and vineyard before sitting down to dinner with chateau winemaker and managing director Paul Pontallier.
Last year, Australian wine producer Penfolds also vaunted what they called the most expensive bottle of vino when they released their 2004 Block 42, a wine enclosed in glass “ampoule” that retailed for US$170,350. – AFP Relaxnews
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