At a wine auction Christie’s, which will be held in London next Wednesday and Thursday, one of the lots will be two bottles of grape wine, which is three and a half centuries! And almost all the time the bottle was on the bottom.
The estimated price of the lot, I think at Christie’s , in the end will be from 32,942 to $ 38,010.
At Christie’s, this wine is called “sunken” or “wine” shipwreck. Made it, according to experts, in the period from 1670 to 1690. 14 vintage bottles in a basket made of rattan were found in 2010, deep in the silt off the coast of Germany. And now two of them will be sold at auction.
By the way, do you know why antique bottles are usually sold in pairs? It’s simple: to them the happy owners could celebrate the purchase, uncork a bottle, and keep the second sealed.
The cost of the “sunken wine”, needless to say, high, but it does not record. Last fall at Christie’s auction in new York a bottle of Romanee-Conti 1945 is gone, do not believe for 558 thousand dollars!
And it is a wine much younger than the “wreck”. So is it fair to its exorbitant price?
Fair. Because wine is Romanee-Conti produced in the famous all over the world the estate in Burgundy, famous for its outstanding taste.
And what is the taste of “wine” shipwreck, nobody knows. Kind of a pig in a poke.