A bottle of 1915 Krug champagne went under the hammer for US$116,375 (about RM516,000) in New York, one of just four left in the cellars of the sparkling drink makers.

The lot, sold on Sept 25, also included a tasting journey for four people who will enjoy the bottle on location in France’s north-eastern Champagne region.

In 2011, a bottle of 1841 Veuve Clicquot 1841 was purchased for a record €30,000 (RM150,000).

And two 1959 Dom Perignon Rose bottles fetched US$84,700 (RM376,000) at wine auctioneers Acker Merrall & Condit in 2008.

The Veuve Clicquot bottle had spent an estimated 180 years under water in the hold of a schooner off the Finnish coast.

The Krug bottle, sold during a Sotheby’s auction, never left the House of Krug cellars, today managed by luxury conglomerate LVMH.

The anonymous buyer of the bottle will visit the House of Krug for two days with three guests.

In addition to the Private Cuvée 1915, the buyer will also taste some of the rarest and most refined drinks made there, as well as a meal prepared by Arnaud Lallement at his award-winning restaurant L’Assiette Champenoise. – AFP Relaxnews