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$195,000 Buys the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

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A wine shop in the Dubai International Airport is selling what they call in the press release "the world's most expensive bottle of red wine to ever be retailed." The Le Clos wine shop in Terminal 3 is selling three Balthazars (12-liter bottles) of Château Margaux 2009 priced at $195,000 each. This is the first time the famous Bordeaux wine producers have ever bottled Balthazars, and the release refers to the 2009 vintage as "one of the best" with "wonderful concentration, finesse, balance and freshness." Château Margaux has created six Balthazars, only three of which will be on sale, all through Le Clos.

Along with 12 liters of fine wine in an oak case, Balthazar buyers will receive a first-class flight to France to visit Château Margaux. The trip will include tours of the vineyard and cellar, and a dinner hosted by managing director Paul Pontallier. Pontallier tells Reuters in the video below the "Balthazars ... allow wine to keep almost forever in such a case so what can happen in 50 years time we don't know. We will certainly not repeat that very often. We want to keep it very very special." While this is the highest priced bottle to retail, wines have sold for higher prices at auctions, like the nine-liter 2010 Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir that that auctioned for $205,000 earlier this year. Below, the video and press release:

Video: World's most expensive bottle of wine unveiled in Dubai

Le Clos Unveils World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine in Dubai

DUBAI, UAE, October 10, 2013 --

Le Clos retails a limited edition Balthazar of Château Margaux 2009

Exclusive wine merchant Le Clos unveiled today a Balthazar (12 L) of Château Margaux 2009 at the cost of USD 195,000, making it the world's most expensive bottle of red wine to ever be retailed. Le Clos, the game-changing retailer of fine wines and luxury spirits, is the globally 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.

Speaking about Le Clos' selection as the exclusive wine retailer of the Balthazars of Château Margaux 2009, Oliver Dixon, Head of Fine Wine at Le Clos, said: "To be given this honour by Château Margaux underlines Le Clos' position as a world leader in bringing rare fine wines to market. We are immensely proud to display this limited edition of the Balthazar of Château Margaux 2009 at our flagship store in Dubai Airport's Terminal 3."

Mr Pontallier commented: "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 international and 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."

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.

· Le Clos Unveils World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine in Dubai [PR Newswire]
· World's most expensive bottle of wine unveiled in Dubai [Reuters]
· All Wine Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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