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Margaux Launches Biggest Bottle Ever With $195,000 Price Tag

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Largest Margaux Bottle

If you’re passing through Dubai international airport’s terminal 3 and have $195,000 burning a hole in your pocket, a 12-liter bottle of 2009 Château Margaux could be just the ticket.

The first-ever Balthazar (equivalent to 16 bottles) of Château Margaux claims to be the world’s most expensive single bottle of wine to be sold in a retail store.

While it probably won’t fly off the shelves, the first growth is throwing in an incentive for the wealthy wine collector: a first class plane ticket to France to take a private tour of Margaux’s cellars and vineyard, plus dinner at the château hosted by Paul Pontallier, the estate’s managing director.

Only six of the large format bottles have been produced and three will be on sale in their specially-designed oak display cases at Dubai airport wine store Le Clos.

The average price of a bottle of 2009 Margaux is $1,301 (excluding taxes) and 16 individual bottles, equivalent to the 12 liters contained in the Balthazar, would set you back $15,612 – a saving of $179,388 compared to the large format bottle.

The 2009 received high praise from the world’s leading wine critic when it was released: ex-Wine Spectator editor James Suckling awarded it a perfect 100 while Robert Parker was close behind with 99 points.

Wine-Searcher columnist Jeannie Cho Lee MW scored the vintage 98 when she tasted it en primeur and called it: « A stunning elegant Margaux that is approachable yet has the ability to age in the cellar for decades. »

Source: Rebecca Gibb
11th October 2013

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