5 most expensive bottles of wine ever sold at auction

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1. 1947 French Cheval-Blanc – £192,000
An imperial bottle of 1947 Cheval Blanc was sold at auction for the respectable sum of £192,000 in November 2010 to a private collector at Christies, Geneva, setting a world record for the most expensive single bottle of wine ever sold at auction. Continue reading

Have you discovered your palate?

Steps to becoming a wine tasting expert

For anyone who wishes to be able to evaluate and taste wine like an expert, there are a few simple tips you can follow. With that in mind, here is Kubera Wealth’s guide on how to taste wine like a professional and truly discover your palate.

Right environment

First of all, make sure you are in the right wine tasting environment. For example, a noisy or crowded room can affect your concentration, while any distracting smells can impede your achieving a clear sense of a wine’s aroma. You will also need the right glass – not a glass that is too small, the wrong shape or smells of detergent or dust. And there are other factors to take into consideration: what is the temperature of the wine? How old is the wine? Are there any residual flavours left from what you’ve been eating or drinking previously?

Sight test

Ensure that the glass is approximately one third full. Look straight down into the glass, hold the glass to the light and give it a tilt so the wine rolls toward its edges. This will allow you to see the wine’s complete colour range – and not just the dark centre – giving you a clue to the density and saturation of the wine. A murky wine may have chemical or fermentation problems, or it may just be a wine that was unfiltered or has some sediment due to be shaken up before being poured. A wine that shows some sparkle is always a good sign.

Tilting the glass so the wine thins out toward the rim will provide clues as to the wine’s age and weight. If the colour is pale and watery near its edge, this suggests that the wine is rather thin. If the colour looks tawny or brown (for a white wine) or orange or rusty brick (for a red wine), it is either an older wine or has been oxidised and may be past its prime.

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