Wine Facts: The Billionaire’s Vinegar

The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine.


This book by Benjamin Wallace is now being made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and tells the true story of a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux (supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson) that sold for $156,000 at auction and of the eccentrics whose lives intersected with it.

Was it truly entombed in a Paris cellar for two hundred years? Or did it come from a secret Nazi bunker? Or from the mouldy basement of a devilishly brilliant con-artist? As Benjamin Wallace unravels the mystery, we meet a gallery of intriguing players; from the bicycle-riding British auctioneer who speaks of wines as if they are women to the obsessive wine collector who discovered the bottle. Suspenseful and thrillingly strange, this is the vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries.

More wine facts from Brads Wines next week

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