A 237-year old bottle of yellow wine was bought by an amateur wine group for a staggering $77,000. The age-old wine was from France’s eastern Jura region at a local wine festival auction.
Swiss aficionado Pierre Chevrier, who bought the bottle on behalf of an amateur wine group, did not appear stunned by the price. “My passion is to open bottles and I am delighted to have bought this bottle of yellow wine, which I will drink,” he said.
“Finally, yellow wine has hit the big leagues,” said wine festival founder Bernard Badoz of Jura’s trademark beverage. “To sell a bottle for 57,000 euros is not crazy,” he said of the 1773 bottle. The late harvest Savagnin grapes were harvested by Anatoile Vercel under King Louis XVI and it would then pass through eight generations of the Marmier family in eastern France, where the bottle sat patiently in a cellar. The bottle was only expected to go for $13,500-22,000 contrary to the high selling price.
A type of sherry-like white wine, Jura’s yellow wine gets its color from its maturation in a barrel under a layer of yeast. The wine festival at Arbois, in the Jura region, is also offering tastings of its 2004 vintage for the 50,000 people expected to attend this weekend.