World’s prici­est wine is rare Bur­gundy at US$15,195 a bot­tle

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

France’s fa­mous Bur­gundy re­gion has a dou­ble rea­son to celebrate, with a rare vintage from the area emerg­ing as the world’s most ex­pen­sive wine just af­ter the re­gion was named a U.N. world her­itage site.

Richebourg Grand Cru sells at a whop­ping US$15,195 a bot­tle, ac­cord­ing to the Wine-Searcher web­site list of the 50 dear­est vin­tages.

The web­site’s ta­ble of the prici­est wines in­cludes 40 Bur­gundies, with just five non-French wines mak­ing the cut — one Cal­i­for­nian and four from Ger­many.

The news comes just af­ter Bur­gundy’s vine­yards were crowned in July with the world her­itage dis­tinc­tion by the United Na­tion’s cul­tural body.

UNESCO rec­og­nized the unique­ness of the vine­yards of the Cote de Nu­its and the Cote de Beaune south of the city Di­jon which pro­duce some of the finest red wines in the world made from pinot noir and chardon­nay grapes.

The Richebourg Grand Cru was a Cote de Nu­its cre­ated by Henri Jayer, a wine­maker widely con­sid­ered a vi­sion­ary in the busi­ness, who died in 2006 aged 84.

Jayer was op­posed to us­ing chem­i­cals in the wine­mak­ing process and be­lieved in small-scale pro­duc­tion, turn­ing out only about 3,500 bot­tles per year.

In fact it is another Henri Jayer wine, his Cros-Paran­toux Vos­neRo­ma­nee Premier Cru, which comes from a tiny 1.01 hectare par­cel, that grabs third place on the list at US$8,832 a bot­tle, ac­cord­ing to Wine-Searcher, which up­dated its ta­ble ear­lier this month.

The web­site, founded in Lon­don in 1999, re­leases pe­ri­odic up­dates to its 50 most ex­pen­sive wines list, which is based on prices from nearly 55,000 wine mer­chants and pro­duc- ers around the world.

The anal­y­sis that pro­duced the most re­cent up­date con­cerned more than seven mil­lion wines of all vin­tages, tak­ing an av­er­age price per bot­tle.

Romanee-Conti, Bur­gundy’s most fa­mous fine wine, came in sec­ond on the list at US$13,314 and the vine­yard has a to­tal of six bot­tles on the ta­ble.

Other “grand crus” from Bur­gundy, such as Vosne-Romanee and Mon­tra­chet are also among the most ex­pen­sive.

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