When I grow up I want to pay NZD3000 for one bottle of wine. And after I drink it, I’ll put a candle in the bottle.


I attended a ‘fayne wayne’ auction recently. For research purposes only. And in the vain hope that everybody in the room would suddenly suffer a bout of temporary paralysis, and allow me to win Lot 84, a 1970 Margaux, for $50. Didn’t happen. It sold for $300, to someone else.

For the record, the more eye watering prices went for the following; per bottle; plus 15% buyers premium and GST:

1 magnum Ch. Petrus 2008 – $3000 (Lot 108 pictured)

1 magnum Ch. Marguax 2005 (WA 100 pts) – $3000

1 bottle Ch Mouton Rothschild 1982 (Parker 100 pts) – $1300

1 bottle Ch. Petrus 2006 – $1250

1 bottle Ch. Lafitte Rothschild 1988 – $750

1 bottle Ch. Latour 2003 (Parker 100 pts) – $700 – one of many

1 bottle Ch. Haut Brion 1985 – a modest $400

Fuck me, those top two work out at over $400 A GLASS the way I pour.

Under what circumstances would I drink a wine like this, if I ever had the chance, and could the taste ever live up to the price commanded of it? The empty bottle would only end up in the recycling bin with all the others. Or would I put a candle in it?

The guy selling this plonk never got around to drinking any of it himself, so what does that say about acquisition practices, and how that pushes prices up?

(I’m a bit grumpy; I put a cheeky low bid on a bottle of 1991 Te Mata Estate Cabernet Merlot. Didn’t get it. And I’d wanted to put a candle in it after.)

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