50-Year Old Chateau Libertas 1961 at R6666
1961 must have been a good year for wine in South Africa. It’s the vintage year of a trio of bottles of Chateau Libertas that were sold at the recent Annual Nederburg Auction for R20 000.
Due to celebrate its 80th birthday next year, Chateau Libertas is the grandfather of South African red blends. Chateau Libertas was developed by Dr. William Winshaw in 1932 as an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend and has been made without interruption ever since.
At the 2011 Nederburg Auction, a trio of 50-year-old bottles went for an impressive R20 000, the equivalent of R6 666 a 750ml bottle. The 1961 vintage wine was bought by a foreign company trading between Asia and Africa.
At the same auction there were two other lots of vintage Chateau Libertas that also fetched handsome prices. A six-bottle case of 1965 was sold to a local chain for R14 000 (or R2 333 a bottle), while a 1967 case of six bottles went under the hammer for R8 800 (R1 466 a bottle), sold to a Chinese buyer.