Wine merchant Le Clos unveiled a Balthazar of Château Margaux 2009 at the cost of $195,000, making it the world’s most expensive bottle of red wine to ever be retailed. Le Clos is the exclusive partner selected to offer the Château Margaux Balthazar, which is on display at Le Clos’ flagship store at Dubai International.
This is the first time in the history of Château Margaux that Balthazars have been bottled. The 2009 vintage, which can be aged for over a century, is widely reputed to be one of the best vintages ever produced by Château Margaux. Only six Balthazars have been produced, of which only three will be offered for sale; all available exclusively through Le Clos.
The 12 litre Balthazar is housed in an impressive case of oak and raised on steel legs symbolising the barrels resting in the Château Margaux cellars. Beautifully engraved with gold by master craftsmen, the Balthazar’s visual appearance is eclipsed only by the quality of wine itself.
Its owner will enjoy a priceless experience – being flown first class to France to visit the first growth’s estate, enjoying a private tour of its cellars and vineyard, before having dinner at the Château hosted by Paul Pontallier, Chief Winemaker and Managing Director of Château Margaux.
The Château Margaux 2009 is undoubtedly one of the best vintages produced since the Mentzelopoulos family took over the ownership in 1977. It is a wine of wonderful concentration, finesse, balance and freshness. Its finish remains fresh, flavoursome and of astonishing length.
The famous vineyard of Château Margaux sits on top of one of the deepest gravel deposits in the Medoc area of Bordeaux. It is this lightness of soil and depth of gravel that give Château Margaux its perfumed nose, elegance and poise.