Pinot Noir Bottle Sells for $4,100 a Glass

The entire bottle sold for $205,000

First of all, please let us gawk at the fact that there is a wine bottle that holds the equivalent of 12 bottles of wine. That's right; the LA Times reports that a 9-liter bottle of Williams Selyem Pinot Noir has just been auctioned off, and the gigantic bottle (called a Salmanazar) holds about 50 6-ounce glasses of wine.

The wine, which won the Reserve Grand Champion and Best of Show prizes at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, was auctioned off Saturday in Houston, racking up $205,000. Divided by 50 glasses, that's $4,100 a glass of this red.


To compare, the highest value lot on sale for Ferran Adrià's Sotheby's elBulli wine auction is three bottles of Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Romanée Conti 1990, with an estimated value of $32,500 to $47,500. Of course, those are some 750 milliliters instead of 9-liters, which means if one bottle goes for $32,000, it'll be $8,125 a glass. And that's not even as expensive as that $8,850 cocktail. So $205,000 for a 9-liter bottle of wine is actually a steal. Get on it.