"The most recent memorable wines that I wrote up in the Hedonist’s Gazette [a section of eRobertParker], were a 1917 Latour and a 1917 Mouton Rothschild. It’s not because they were like the most ‘Wow!’ mind-blowing extraordinary wines that I've ever had, but because they were in World War I bottles. They looked almost like ale bottles – very funny, strangely shaped.
They were both in pretty good nick. But tasting history is pretty exciting: sitting there and thinking about everything that was happening in the world at that time. It reminds you of the extraordinary nature of wine apart from the hedonistic bit.
We had it here in Singapore. Some friends of mine who live in Denmark go back for a month in August and bring back great bottles. This is the wonderful thing about Singapore – there are passionate collectors here who have cellars around the world and love to share.
We were at Les Amis – probably the most famous restaurant in Singapore. There were only four of us drinking these bottles and it feels a little gratuitous."
As told to Rebecca Gibb
Fast Facts from Wine-Searcher's search engine:
- 1917 vintage not offered on Wine-Searcher, but 1916 and 1918 are available
- Average price of 1916, $4,291; 1918, $4,808
- Mouton Rothschild search rank: 2
- Three offers on Wine-Searcher in two countries
- Average price: $1,851 per bottle (excl. tax)
- Château Latour search rank: 6.