According to BBC News, a bottle of 1788 Cafe Anglais Vieux Cognac recently sold at auction for more than $36,000. Which leads one to think, if that cognac was "vieux" a year before the French Revolution, what the hell is it now?
The lot was part of a multimillion-dollar sale of over 18,000 bottles from the cellar of a famed French restaurant that has been around since 1582, La Tour D'Argent. Don't cry for D'Argent, though. Even after selling off the 18,000 bottles, their wine list still has more than 400,000 left for your drinking pleasure.
So what's the most you've ever spent on a bottle? I think I've broken the century bottle mark once or twice in a wine store for some high-end California Cabernets like Silver Oak. Dining out, I've been on the receiving end of some spectacular expense account dinners that included stupidly expensive wines being ordered and swilled by my fellow diners--who had no idea what they were enjoying. But when somebody is bogarting the Opus One instead of letting it open up in the decanter, sometimes you just gotta keep up.
Share your best/worst expensive wine story in the comments and maybe we can come up with a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck for the best one.