Saturday, October 07, 2006

Two bottles of Chateau Picard sell for $6,600!

Seems like your winemonkey has been on an auction rant of late so let us continue.

Two bottles Chateau Picard sold for a whopping $6,600. Unfortunatley for the cru bourgeois St. Estephe property, the bottles were actually vintage 2267 from the fictitious wine estate of Star Trek: Next Generation Captain Jean Luc Picard's fictitious family also known as Chateau Picard. Talk about futures. The bottles which were props and do not contain any wine sold for more than TEN times their estimate. Personally, I could think of many bottles which actually contain wine that I would rather fork over $6,600 for, but to each his own.

And I thought, wine people were nuts.
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Here is some info on the "real" Chateau Picard:
Size: 8 hectares (~20 acres)
Vine density: 9000 vines per hectare
Average age of vines: 30 years
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) and Merlot (15%)
Location: Clay interspersed with limestone on sand and gravel in the center of Saint-Est├Ęphe.
Classification: Classified as a cru bourgeois in 1932.

In 1997, Mahler Besse (talk about coinceidence) purchased the property and modernized the winemaking equipment and the cellars. Normally considered one of the better cru bourgeois wines in the appellation, the wine is vinified in 35% new oak barrels for 12 months after 3 weeks extended maceration in temperature controled vats.

And you didn't think you were going get anthing useful out this.

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