A bottle of 1811 Yquem was sold by the Antique Wine Company at a private sale at the Ritz in London for £75,000 to French collector Christian Vanneque, former head sommelier of the Michelin-starred restaurant La Tour d'Argent restaurant in Paris.
He is now the owner of the SIP Sunset Grill in Bali, Indonesia, which opens this September.
The bottle will go on display there in a bullet-proof, temperature and hydrometrically controlled case.
However, it will only remain there for six years before Vanneque drinks it with his family to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his starting work in Paris. He has apparently already decided on a menu to go with it.
Vanneque called his purchase his little "folie" but insisted that it really was for drinking and would never be for sale again, "even if a wealthy Chinese gentleman or a rich man from the Middle East offers to buy it," he said afterwards.
Thursday, July 28, 2011