1989 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 5L Jeroboa

Does anyone know the value of this bottle that a friend has brought to my attention.

Answer From Expert Roger Bohmrich MW

I don't have all the current auction prices at my fingertips, but there are retail listings in the US for 1989 Lafite Rothschild in early 2014. The standard bottle (750 ml) is being offered by a few prominent Bordeaux merchants at $800 to $1,000. There is one listing for the jeroboam at $14,000. The Liv-ex Index from The Fine Wine Exchange in England indicates the auction price of a case (12 x 750 ml) is GBP 5,170 (December 2013), if that is any help. The prices of rare large format bottles, however, may be only partly related to the value of a standard bottle.

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Roger has enjoyed a lengthy career in the wine trade as an importer and retailer, and at present he is an educator, speaker and consultant. He set up and managed Millesima USA, a New York merchant affiliated with a leading European company. Previously, he served as senior executive of importers Frederick Wildman & Sons. In recent years, Roger has judged wine competitions in Argentina, Turkey and China. Roger became one of America's first Masters of Wine in 1993.

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