World’s Most Expensive Wine at Sothebys Auction – Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1869
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1869
A new record was broken for the world’s most expensive wine ever sold at an auction.
At the recent Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, three bottles of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1869 vintage wine were each sold for a new all-time record of $232,692 (HK$1.8 million).
The Asian wine market continues to be strong for very expensive, top label wines.
The total of the entire Chateau Lafite collection auctioned off at Sotheby’s brought in an astonishing total of $8.4 million.
The Sotheby’s auction was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong ballroom. The announcement of the winning bid drew a thunderous applause from the other auction participants.
The Chateau Lafite collection consisted of 284 lots of Lafite, in addition to other chateaux that were owned by Domaines Baron de Rothschild.
The entire wine collection had been exclusively stored in cellars after being bottled, before their shipment to Hong Kong for the Sotheby’s auction.
Lafite reached the top of the first, official quality-based classification of Medoc wines back in 1855.
In 1868, the chateau was purchased by Baron James de Rothschild. Since that time the wine bottles have been proudly labeled as Lafite-Rothschild.