Napoleon's Wine

7. November 2012, from Redaktion
Lot 1014-1016 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet.
A selection of the ports being auctioned. Lot 3: Scharzhofberger Trockenbeerenauslese – Vintage 1975 (L); lot 811: vintage Graham's (C), lot 1211: a 200-year-old bottle of Napoleon Cognac (R.)
Lot 238, Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000.
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Investing in port wine is a hobby for the patient. It typically takes even an excellent port wine decades before it experiences any appreciable increase in value.



Christie’s has held annual fall/winter port auctions for years now. These fine vintage wines are often old enough to constitute historic artifacts. That it can often take longer than a lifetime for a port to gain any appreciable increase in value is often par for the course. No wonder then that the Christie’s auction to be held on 6th and 7th November 2012 in Amsterdam will see a bottle dating back to 1811. It’s a 200-year old Napoleon Cognac that somehow survived the this stormy period of history, and carries with it the distinction of being from the same year that Napoleon’s only legitimate heir was born. But not even he lived long enough to benefit from this wine.


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In terms of actually drinking a wine though, probably the most interesting port to be auctioned is somewhat younger – from 1975 – and bears the label of famous winery Egon Müller. Nearly equally renowned however is a collection of rare port wines from the Symington family cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia – one of the world’s most influential port wine producers. A bottle of Graham’s port also made by the Symingtons dating from 1945 will also be up for sale, a further highlight. This is of course half the fun of port wine collecting – the chance to enjoy a little history.

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