The Billionaire's Vinegar

The Billionaire’s Vinegar tells the story behind the notorious and controversial Jefferson bottles, a collection of vintage Bordeaux said to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson that subsequently sold at auction for record-breaking prices.

The book written by Benjamin Wallace, traces the history of the wines, found in a walled-up Paris basement by German collector Hardy Rodenstock. They include a 1784 Château d'Yquem, a half-bottle of 1784 Château Margaux and a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, which set a record sale price of $156,450 when auctioned at Christie’s in 1985.

The cache’s authenticity has remained a constant source of controversy and has been the subject of several high-profile court cases involving billionaire William Koch and Decanter’s veteran columnist Michael Broadbent.

In May 2012 it was announced that the book will be adapted into a film starring Brad Pitt.

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Brad Pitt to star in The Billionaire's Vinegar

8th May 2012

The Billionaire's Vinegar, the controversial book about the Jefferson bottles affair, is being made into a film starring Brad Pitt.

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The Jefferson Bottles case

19th October 2009

Michael Broadbent's resounding victory in the English courts, with Random House apologising unreservedly for, and admitting the untruth of, allegations in The Billionaire's Vinegar that Broadbent...

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Broadbent wins Jefferson Bottles libel case

13th October 2009

Michael Broadbent has won a libel victory against Random House, publishers of The Billionaire’s Vinegar.

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Broadbent celebrates with Mouton 1990, ponders film injunction

13th October 2009

Having won his libel case, Michael Broadbent now has to decide whether to try to block a Will Smith-produced film of The Billionaire’s Vinegar.

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Broadbent to sue over Billionaire’s Vinegar

27th July 2009

Michael Broadbent is suing the publishers of The Billionaire’s Vinegar for defamation of character.

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Benjamin Wallace on The Billionaire's Vinegar

8th June 2008

Benjamin Wallace discusses his book The Billionaire's Vinegar as part of the Authors@Google series

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New book on Jefferson bottles 'riddled with inaccuracies': Christies

24th May 2008

‘The Billionaire’s Vinegar’, a book about the collection of contentious Jefferson bottles, has left Decanter columnist Michael Broadbent MW angry about alleged inaccuracies and mischaracterisation...

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Two 'Jefferson bottles' films in the offing

5th February 2008

A major Hollywood consortium including actor Will Smith, and HBO Films, have separately bought the rights to a book and a New Yorker article about the Jefferson Bottles affair.

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