Cheers! 18L bottle of wine tipped to fetch £4,800 at auction

Posted on 8:07 PM by Sameer Shah

For lovers of wine fine, quality drops don't come much bigger than this 2006 bottle of Chateau Cheval Blanc.

But those hoping to add it to their collection will need at least £3,600 - and a large wine cellar - because at 18litres it is significantly bigger than the 750ml bottle most people are used to.

The large bottle, referred to as a melchior, is expected to fetch between £3,600 and £4,800 when it goes on sale as part of the Finest and Rarest Wines and Vintage Port auction at Sotheby's next week.

A Sotheby's spokesman said it was 'phenomenally rare' to have a bottle of such a size, and even more unusual for it to be a Bordeaux wine.

The melchior weighs in at 25kg, is 75cm high with a circumference of 70cm and contains enough wine to pour 144 glasses of wine.

The wine, and other fine and rare wines, will go up for auction on Wednesday.

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