It’s no secret that Jura is hot with wine geeks right now. However, the region’s appeal, apparently, goes back hundreds of years. 244 years to be exact. That’s the age of a bottle of Jura that sold for a record €103,700 ($120,800) at auction this weekend.
The vintage 1774 Vin Jaune (a.k.a. yellow wine) was sold by the Jura Encheres auction house alongside two sister bottles from the same year which fetched €76,250 and €73,200 respectively.
All three gems were 87cl bottles made by the winemaker Anatoile Vercel in the Eastern Jura. Vercel’s surviving family still live in Arbois where they kept the bottles cellared for generations.
“They are the oldest bottles of wine in the world on the market,” auctioneer Brigitte Fenaux proclaimed at a presser.
In 1994, a panel of experts cracked open a bottle from the same lot. According to Jura Encheres, the juice drank well and contained notes of “walnuts, spices, curry, cinnamon, vanilla and dried fruits.”
The buyers were identified only as Canadians and a second group of “Americans with links” to France according to the AFP.
“I didn’t think that these bottles would sell for so much. The last record set in 2011 was €57,000,” Fenaux told AFP.
Photo courtesy Jura Encheres