We have a new winner in the auction per ounce sweepstakes! Just when you though that last month’s $136,275 lot of six magnums 1971 Domaine de la Romanee Conti had solidified the gold medal with $448.27 AN OUNCE, a challenger comes along and unceremoniously dethrones the new champion.
One bottle of Chateau d’Yquem from the 1787 (!) vintage sold in London fetching $90,000–or $3,600 an ounce. Decanter Reports that a 1787 Lafitte (sic), supposedly in the collection of Thomas Jefferson, sold for $160,000 a few years ago, which set the highest ever per bottle sale price–and rolls in at $6,400 an ounce.
Not that anyone would actually contemplate drinking such trophies! Apparently the Yquem may not be vinegar though as a mainstream wine publication actually pulled the cork on a bottle in 1999 and found them passable. Now THAT would be fun! But do you spit?!?