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The 1811 vintage was exceptional in many European wine-growing regions and is considered the best of the past three centuries. Among others, the red wines from Château Lafite-Rothschild (then Château Lafite) and Château d'Yquem, a Riesling from the Bassermann-Jordan vineyard and Tokay in general are mentioned. Wines from this vintage are also known as "Napoleon wines" because Emperor Napoleon (1769-1821) was at the height of his fame at the time. His son Napoleon II was also born in this year.

Château d'Yquem 1811

A Château d'Yquem 1811 sold for € 85,000 in 2011 and is one of the most expensive wines in the world. The 1811 wines have also been dubbed wines of the century. The name comet wine was popularly coined because a comet discovered by Honoré Flaugergues (1755-1830) appeared, which was one of the three largest comets sighted; its tail was well over 100 million kilometres long. The comet was credited with influencing its outstanding quality.

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