The Antique Wine Company was founded in 1982 in London. The Antique Wine Company specializes in rare and fine wines. It was founded by Stephen Williams who now has over 20,000 clients in 70 countries. Since its begining, the company has specialized in exceptionally fine wines and presently has over 10,000 bottles of the world’s finest vintages in its wine cellars. The company is also known for its fine wine events and record breaking wine collections. Services include: private wine master classes, sourcing rare wines and cellar planning.
Viscount David Linley, a cabinet maker with The Antique Wine Company has developed the Grand Chateau Series. These handcrafted wine cabinets models of their top nine chateaux in Bordeaux hold 18 bottles each from their corresponding estates, which was produced in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Château d’Yquem model is used by a collection of Chateau d’Yquem, spanning 141 vintages starting in 1868. This collection also includes several letters and other memorabilia from the Château archives valued at £1m. The other chateaux have been priced at £149,000 each. In 2006, a 135-year vertical collection which contains every vintage from 1860 to 2003 sold over $1.5 million. This was one of the highest prices to ever be paid for a single lot of wine.
In July 2011, The Antique Wine Company sold a bottle of white wine braking the world record as the most expensive bottle ever sold in the world. An 1811 Chateau d’Yquem was the bottle which was bought by Christian Vanneque, a former wine steward at a cost £75,000. The bottle is now on display in one of Christian Vanneque’s restaurants, the SIP Sunset Grill in Bali. But eventually Christian Vanneque does plan to drink his prize.
The Antique Wine Company bought the Hospices de Beaune in Nov. 2011, from the wine auction in Beaune, France. Called the La Pièce de la Président, this lot contained 460 litres of Corton red wine of the Clos du Roi Grand Cru vineyard. The lot was auctioned off by model Inès de la Fressange and actor Christian Clavier valued at €110,000.