Bottle Of Romanée Conti Fetches A Record Amount
One of 600 bottles of Romanée-Conti Wine from 1945 that were produced during the end of World War II, set a new world record price for a 750ml bottle of red burgundy at Christie’s auction sale in Geneva on May 17. The legendary vintage of the bottle was estimated between $56,000 to $78,000, and was sold to a private U.S. collector for a whopping $123,919.
Sotheby’s states that this bottle will remain mythical for many decades due to its vintage, which marked the end of a terrible war, and its contents, the last of the great wine from the prephyloxera (ungrafted) vines which covered the 1.85 hectares of Romanee-Conti. The 1945 Burgundy achieved its distinctive flavour due to the hot, dry summer of that year, which produced a small crop (a little bit of research about this particular wine revealed that only 600 bottles of wines were produced during the end of World War II) of very high quality grapes.