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Billionaires Rival, Plot to Snare $5,000 Bottles of Haut-Brion

Fate bequeathed a delusional legacy to the small French suburb of Pessac.

As the 1st century A.D. birthplace of Bordeaux wine, Pessac’s Gunzian gravel soil over the millennia has attracted holy men, scoundrels and a crowd of billionaires on a quest to spend beyond $5,000 for a vintage bottle of Chateau Haut-Brion Cru Classe de Graves Premier Grand Cru Classe Appellation Pessac-Leognan Controlee Domaine de Clarence Dillon SA.