World Watch

From the Oct 15, 2011, issue

An old horse-racing track in Bordeaux's Pomerol appellation will soon be producing grapes. Six wine producers bought chunks of the property at a recent sale and have already begun planting vines. Also, gold is apparently recession-proof-even the liquid kind. A bottle of 1811 Château d'Yquem was purchased in London in July for a record price of $117,000, making it the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold. Finally, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, is expanding its involvement with its only winery outside the region. In July, the company purchased 30 percent of Conti Attems, a winery in Friuli's Collio region, best known for its white wines. Frescobaldi bought 70 percent of Attems a decade ago. Reported by Wine Spectator staff.

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