Vintage 1774 French wine sells for record $162,200

A bottle of Jura wine dating back to 1774 has sold for a record €103,700 (S$162,200) at auction in France, while two others of the same vintage also touched new highs. "I didn't think that these bottles would sell for so much. The last record set i
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A bottle of Jura wine dating back to 1774 has sold for a record €103,700 (S$162,200) at auction in France, while two others of the same vintage also touched new highs. "I didn't think that these bottles would sell for so much. The last record set in 2011 was €57,000," said auctioneer Brigitte Fenaux from the Jura Encheres auction house last Saturday. The two other bottles were snapped up for €76,250 and €73,200. The bottles of Anatoile Vercel Vin Jaune, among the oldest wines in the world, have been in the possession of Vercel's descendants in Arbois, eastern France, the capital of winemaking in the Jura region near Switzerland. The buyers were Canadians and someone who used to buy for Americans with links to France, Ms Fenaux said. "There were winemakers in the room who applauded, who were happy, it was moving." In 1994, a tasting panel of 24 wine professionals rated the wine a 9.4 out of 10, offering notes such as "walnuts, spices, curry, cinnamon, vanilla and dried fruits".

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