An 80-year-old case of Château d'Yquem fetched £29,670 (€47,600) – almost £2,500 per bottle – at Christie's Geneva earlier this week.

At a sale Christie’s called ‘the best in Geneva for 27 years’, rare Bordeaux wines went under the hammer for huge sums, ‘reconfirming the current strength of the fine wine market’, a press release from the auction house said.

Following close on the heels of the Yquem 1921 – which was snapped up by a private Italian buyer – was a case of 1982 Château Pétrus, sold for £16,813 (€27,000).

Other highlights – all cases – were Château Lafite 1959 which fetched £9,396 (€15,000), Château d’Yquem 1967 (£9,396) and Château Pétrus 1995 (£6,429, €10,300).

Written by Adam Lechmere14 May 2002