'Voluptuous' Chateau Petrus sells for $2,100 per bottle in online auction

Acker Auctions, America's oldest and (they say) finest wine shop has carried out an online auction on a very large scale.

A startling 1,448 lots of fine and collectible wines were up for grabs for collectors and investors around the globe. Some of the lots were just 1, 2 or 3 bottles - unsuitable for a grand live auction at Christie's or Sotheby's, but useful for anyone just cautiously beginning a collection.

Some of the stars amongst the full scale lots included 12 bottles of Château Leoville Las Cases 2000. Whilst not as legendary as Lafite or Pétrus, it remains a highly collectible vintage and as such attracted a bid of $3,200.

Likewise a good entry level investment was an 8 bottle lot of the Sine Qua Non Syrah 2004 which achieved $2,600. The overall top lot sale was for $8,000 for 12 bottles of vintage 1996 Bordeaux Briefcase at an impressive $8,000.

Per bottle however, Château Pétrus proved its worth. For just a two bottle lot of the 1990 vintage a bidder offered $4,200 - that's $2,100 per bottle.

This shouldn't be a surprise. Pétrus from any decent year is highly collectible, and the 1990 is sumptuous. As Serena Sutcliffe of Sotheby's described it:

"Incredibly opulent, plummy Petrus. Very voluptuous. Wonderful dried fruit flavours - almost Napa-like. Mocha and mint notes. Extraordinary, ultra-ripe plums and prunes taste. Atypical. Sweet aniseed finish."

Now that's worth making space in your cellar for.


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