Sherry-Lehman is selling a Lafite-Rothschild cognac for something like $495 a bottle, a case will run you around 5 grand. What makes a bottle of wine, cognac, etc. worth that? I don’t mean in the what kind of colossal douchebag spends 500 bucks for a bottle of wine way, though that is a totally legitimate question to ask. I mean, what differentiates a $400 bottle of wine from a $100 bottle or a thousand dollar bottle. The only reasons I can imagine are status, to show that you have that kind of money to throw around or you are possessed of some bizarre wine fetish which is only satisfied by experiencing the micro differences in taste and smell that different wines may possess, differences that I’ve yet to encounter. It’s all such a mystery to me.