The Great Divide

At fine-wine auctions, rare wines continue to outdistance everyday bottlings
Peter D. Meltzer
Issue: June 30, 2006

Early spring and late winter auctions demonstrated how the gap between the uncommon and the ordinary continues to grow. At one end are the trophy wines, such as a six-magnum lot of DRC Romanée-Conti 1985 that sold at NYWinesChristie's on March 2 for $170,375—the highest price ever paid for a case of wine at a commercial wine auction.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands June 30, 2006.

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