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Apr 19, 2008 04:38 PM

Record $500,000 paid for 27 bottles of red wine

My yearning to get into the fake bottling industry is becoming overwhelming.
I plan to specialize in DRC ( Democratic Republic of Congo).

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  1. This same moron paid $5,000 a bottle for '82 Petrus.

    Assuming that those aren't counterfeit bottles, I've not tasted any 1982 Bordeaux that would warrant anything near this insanity.

    As a reasonable rule of thumb for maximum wine pricing, it's hard to make a case that wine is more important to a great meal than the food is. Assuming (a stretch) that the wine is EQUALLY important to the food, and that each diner would have 2 glasses of these $20,000 bottles of wine (500,000 / 27 = roughly 20,000 per bottle), that would work out to around 2,000 PER GLASS.

    So, two glasses = $4,000. What meal could possibly cost $4,000 to match this absurdity ?

    And for possibly for chinese cuisine, no less, for which burgundy and bordeaux aren't very sensible matches to begin with.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Chicago Mike

      That may be true but in these times of insane prices, in 10 years (or less) that may look like a bargain. People are willing to pay outrageous prices for status.

      1. re: monkuboy

        Those people need to grow a set if this insanity/idiocy is their measure of status.

        1. re: mikek

          Think of them as Arthur Bach (from the Dudley Moore movie) without the charm, wit or sense. Haha..

          1. re: mikek

            A fool and his money are soon partying!

        2. re: Chicago Mike


          People don't drink DRC because it is great, which I understand it is, but because it is DRC. What is the point of being a billionaire if you can't spend money outragiously?

          1. re: dinwiddie

            Very valid point, and while I enjoy many things in excess this just seems so far in excess that I cannot wrap my brain around it. Oh well, cest la vie!