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Thursday, May 20, 2010

La Grande Dame and Shipwrecked Wine

ALLUDING to my previous post, the photo is of a piece from Veuve Clicquot's "cruise collection,"a collaboration with Italian luxury boat designer, RIVA.

The made to order (and made to measure) piece, made of mahogany, leather and chrome, houses: 4 bottles of La Grande Dame (Veuve Clicquot's Prestige Cuvée) '98, 2 magnums of La Grande Dame '88, 6 Riedel champagne flutes and water tumblers, and they even throw in a few plates, table mats and cutlery--all for a mere $80,000.

If that's a little too steep for you, there's also the "limited edition cruiser bag" (limited to 300 pieces) which comes with 1 bottle of La Grande Dame '98 and 2 champagne flutes--for the much more reasonable price of $425.

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BUT, if you're like some of us (I'm not one of them) and have money to burn, there's also:

  • Cristal Brut "Methuselah," 1990 - $17,625
  • Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam (which comes in a white gold bottle) - $40,000
  • Pernod-Ricard Perrier-Jouët - $50,000
  • and "Shipwrecked" Heidsieck, 1907

This last bottle comes from the Heidsieck vineyard in Champagne and was literally lost at sea (along with another 200-some bottles of the stuff) for over 80 years after a wreck off the coast of Finland in 1916. It wasn't until the late 90's that they were finally discovered and are now being sold for the lofty price of $275,000 a pop!

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