Christie's the auction house has just sold a treasure trove of rare Bordeaux which had been hidden for more than 60 years.
This old wine had been hidden from the Nazis during World War II in Paris's Ritz Hotel.
In the early days of the war the hotel's staff hid more than 120,000 bottles – one of the greatest restaurant wine cellars of the time – in a reserve cellar on the rue Lecourbe in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, just a few kilometres south of the Place Vendôme. The hiding place narrowly escaped discovery in 1943 and lay undisturbed until earlier this year.
The Haut Brion half-bottles sold for an average price of €234 each, and Mouton Rothschild sold for an average price of €216 per half-bottle. If only I had the money required to sample some of these great wines........Dream on.
"Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune".
Dr Thomas Fuller