Italian 1891 Biondi Santi rivals Bordeaux for space in your wine cellar

London fine wines dealer The Antique Wine Company has released its latest stock list of rare and collectible wines - which is a great way to gauge the performances of some of the most sought-after wines on the market.

Topping the list is one of the finest Bordeaux red wines, the 2005 Château Pétrus. Among the best and most distinctive vintages of the most celebrated wine of the Pomerol region, the Pétrus is known for its almost chewy richness and exceptional depth of colour.

A case of 12 US labelled 75cl bottles of the 2005 is featured in The Antique Wine Company's list with a value of $46,512 (€35,465). (In comparison, single bottles of the Pétrus currently have an average auction price of $3,322, according to market analysts Vinfolio.)

Meanwhile, bringing a whole new meaning to the world "vintage" is an 1891 bottle of Italy's Biondi Santi. Filled to the shoulder, the historic 75cl bottle is priced at $6,400 (€4,880). 

Produced by Ferruccio Biondi Santi, grandson of the winery's original founder,  in the 1880s, the Biondi Santi is known for its impressive structure and rich tannins which gives it an exceptional longevity - as confirmed by the few lucky collectors who have actually gotten to taste it.

What's more, there are estimated to be only a couple of these bottles out there on the market. In other words, this wine is among the rarest of the rare, and definitely worth a look.

Or if you're looking for something slightly bigger, but still dating to the late 19th century, how about another red Bordeaux, this time from 1875? A single 150cl magnum of the Haut Brion from that year is priced at $12,800 (€9,760) - a value which confirms this wine's immense investibility.

But that's enough dwelling in the past: how about a more contemporary Italian wine, offered at a price suitable for entry-level investors? A case of six Magnums of the 1997 Gaja Sori San Lorenzo can be yours for $5,875 (€4,480).

Boasting a rich, dark ruby colour - and in fact regarded as darkest and "most backward" of the Italian Piemonte region's wines - the magazine International Wine Cellar once awarded the 1997 a 95-97 rating. Overall, it's a complex and fascinating wine.

Elsewhere is a legendary Burgundy red, the 1961 Romanée Conti, DRC, which was awarded 76/100 by Robert Parker and 89/100 by the Wine Spectator.

The Antique Wine Company is offering two bottles priced at $8,840 (€6,741) for both.


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