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World's most expensive red wine goes on sale in Dubai

Only three bottles of the 2009 vintage from France’s Château Margaux vineyard are available for $195,000

World's most expensive red wine goes on sale in Dubai

The world’s most expensive bottle of red wine, priced at $195,000 a bottle, has gone on sale in Dubai airport, with only three of the limited edition bottles made available for purchase.

The 12 litre bottles were produced by the 400-year-old Château Margaux vineyard in the Bordeaux region of France and have gone on display at the Le Clos wine store in Dubai International Airport.

The Château Margaux vineyard is renowned as one of the world’s greatest vineyards and the 2009 vintage is considered to be one of the best ever produced by the estate.

Only six Balthazars, which are 12 litre bottles, have been produced, and three have been offered for sale in the Dubai outlet, which is located in the A380 concourse.

"To mark this fantastic vintage, we are delighted to create a unique opportunity by partnering with Le Clos to offer three Balthazars to the world’s most discerning wine buyers. Château Margaux’s history stretches back over 400 years, during which the estate has produced some of the world’s best wines time and again. The Château Margaux 2009 vintage is one of the finest we have ever produced, hence why we chose to bottle it in this magnificent format,” Paul Pontellier, chief winemaker and managing director of Château Margaux said in a statement issued by Le Clos.

Priced at $195,000, the bottles are reported to be the most expensive ever sold, while the price tag also includes a first class ticket to France to visit the Château Margaux estate.

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Bertie Wooster 6 years ago

The more I read this site, the more I understand that companies and people seemed to have learned very little from the 2005 to 2008 period.

What short memories we seem to have.

It will work because it is different in Dubai.

Mark X 6 years ago

UAE and Dubai seem to have double stands. On one side they proclaim the Islamic Codes, i.e. no alcohol and all that malaki etc, while on the other side the airports sell the most expensive wines and alcoholic drinks. The funny thing is you are not allowed to get on the metro from the airport if you are carrying any alcohol, sold to you by the same people or at the same place.
Are there any true values in these double standards other than make the maximum profits from anyone?

oldtimer 6 years ago

Ironic that on a holy day for the Muslims around the world, that such an article be published by Arabian Business...unless there is a hidden message that they are trying to let the readers see...this article is released on the wrong day...let alone all the other negative publicity this release is going to give Dubai

fahad 6 years ago

It is a Declaration of War against God.
That what happens when you publicly make such sins .
In the end,everybody knows who wins this battle.
I hope they will repent soon.

R Erhart 6 years ago

May I say that I am absolutely shocked and as Fahad said that
'it is a declaration of war against God'.
There are millions and millions of people going hungry in the world including in Dubai every day and then Le Clos is proud to be able to offer three of those bottles of Red Wine and I am sure I am
not wrong that they will be sold most likely to a local.
Not to speak of that alcohol in general in Dubai and the UAE is banned and only allowed to be sold in Hotels and very specific outlets and then to make such an announcement on a holy day for all the Muslims around the world.
R Erhart

Ponder 6 years ago

It was published on the 13, a working day and not a sacred day. Stop trying to make storm out of nothing. You cant start claiming & encroaching days that come before and after on the calendar now can you?!

This is the job of this company, it is set up with the sole purpose of this activity and it handles business really well. Can money be spent better than on this expensive wine, sure, but thats ones opinion. The activities of this company and those like it have made the UAE into the most desirable place to do business & live in, setting it above and beyond anything else in the region. FACT - no other place comes close in the variety of offerings, that is why tourists from neighboring countries flock here during holidays!

The laws of the UAE are very clear as to who can purchase/consume within the UAE, and in the DEPARTURE/TRANSIT wing of the terminal/airport building.

Lets stop pretending that this doesnt exist and that people (many who pretend otherwise) do not indulge!

albert pinto 6 years ago

i hope whoever buys the bottle trips as soon as he pays for it and falls on his face flat on the ground and i would pay 195000 to be there laughing

rednrosy 6 years ago

well albert..most likely he would pay by credit card as such the purchase would be insured...
let him enjoy it..

Daud 6 years ago

Some of the commenters should lighten up, people can spend their money however they wish, foolishly or otherwise. It might be the worlds' most expensive plonk and the buyer may become entitled to be called the world's biggest plonker, but so be it.

Random Guy 6 years ago

some really interesting comments I must admit. Lighten up people. If X is willing to buy 195k worth of one wine bottle, then let X buy it. I dont see the point of bashing others who are willing to spend on whatever they want if it makes them happy; or not. As for involving religion, please keep those opinion to heart; no good ever comes out of that.