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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Billionaire's Vinegar Chateau Lafite 1787


Billionaire's Vinegar

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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