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France Wine Auction: 1774 Vin Jaune Brings Record Price



  A Vin Jaune wine bottle from 1774 (file photo)

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The wine was made using grapes harvested during the reign of King Louis XVI

A bottle of wine from 1

774 was auctioned in eastern France for a record price of € 103,700 ($ 120,800)

The bottle of Vin Jaune (yellow wine) comes from the Eastern Jura and was made from grapes during the reign of King Louis XVI.

At the same auction, another bottle of the same vintage sold € 76,250, and a third was sold for € 73,200

The three 87cl bottles of Vin Jaune were made by winemaker Anatoile Vercel.

They were owned by his descendants in Arbois, the wine-growing region of the Jura, and are considered one of the oldest wines in the world

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The buyers were Canadians and someone who bought wine for Americans with connections to France, said the AFP news agency auctioneer Brigitte Fenaux from the auction house Jura Encheres. [19659007] "I did not think these bottles would sell that much, the last record in 2011 was € 57,000," she said.

"There were winemakers in the room who applauded those who were happy, that was it's movement."

AFP reports that in 1994 a tasting of 24 wine experts rated the wine as 9.4 out of 10.


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