Happy Thirsty Thursday! As I mentioned last week, Thirsty Thursday is a new section on NewsforChews that will be dedicated to all things drink related…recipes, news, and anything else I think is important for you to know. While it will not be always alcohol related (as Thirsty Thursdays typically are), it looks like the first few Thirsty Thursday posts will be!
Today is about wine! When my family was visiting Burgundy, France this year we stood less a foot away from one of the most exclusive and expensive wine vineyards in the world, Romanée-Conti. If you didn’t have a tour guide, you probably would have driven right by the plot of land and not even realize what you passed. The Romanée-Conti plot is unassuming, blends in with the rest of the vineyards, and is simply marked by a stone cross looking over the wine-blessed land.
Now, what makes this plot of land produce the most exclusive, expensive, and sought after wine? Is it the constant amazing bottles of wine put on the table, the position of the land in regards to sun position and slope, the history of the vineyard owners, or the exclusivity of purchasing a bottle due to the small production yield (6,000 bottles per year)? The answer: all of these. But I also compare it to a designer bag. Someone once said Chanel is one of the must-have designers, and someone once said this about Romanée-Conti wine, therefore it has become a designer wine. But, just how “designer” is it?! Typically when I buy a bottle of wine for myself, I don’t spend too much. My motto is, it’s just grape juice, and will be gone in day or two after opening it, so why spend a lot? With this motto, I won’t be purchasing a bottle of Romanée-Conti any time soon! Late October 2013, three bottles of Romanée-Conti 2006 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti sold for $31,070 at a Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. auction in Chicago. Wait, what?! Yep, you read that correctly! Just over $10,000 a bottle. I can’t even comprehend spending that much on a bottle of wine!!! Even our tour guide, who grew up in the Burgundy region had never tasted or even seen a bottle of this wine!!!! Talk about exclusivity!
And just like designer bags being counterfeited, wine is counterfeited! A father and son team were arrested on suspicion of producing and selling approximately 400 bottles of Romanée-Conti wine, which were fraudulently sold for a sum of around 200 million euros ($2.7 million)!!!! If they are convicted, they could face 10 years in prison.
More reading about Romanée-Conti: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748704654004575517760867938900
I hope you enjoyed today’s Thirsty Thursday and learned something! Now go pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine in celebration that you didn’t spend $10,00 on a bottle of wine!
Santé (French for cheers)!