The English wine merchant "The Antique Wine Company" headquartered in London was founded in 1982 by Stephen Williams. There are now 20,000 customers in around 70 countries. The company has often grown very qualitatively exceptional wines vintages specialized. In the company-owned cellars store 10,000 bottles of special vintages, There are regular extensive Lots Acquired renowned wines. So for example in November 2011 top lots at the Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction. The range of services includes wine trade. Auctions rare wines, special wine events, private master classes, basement planning (for the financially strong) and various special services such as after order the search for very special and expensive wines / wineries / vintages. In collaboration with the University of Bordeaux, a wine bottle authentication service is offered. By ion beam analysis, the age of the bottle or the glass be determined. This should be the ever occurring manipulations and wine adulteration when selling very expensive and old vintages uncovered or prevented.
A specialty is the well-known furniture designer Viscount David Linley (also chairman of the auction house Christie's ) created "Grand Château Series", consisting of handmade wine cabinets with architectural models of nine prestigious Bordeaux châteaux. These are the five elite goods of the Bordeaux classification 1855, namely Château Haut-Brion. Château Lafite-Rothschild. Château Latour. Château Margaux and Château Mouton-Rothschild, as well as the cult status Château Cheval Blanc. Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Château Pétrus and Château d'Yquem, These each contain 18 bottles of the best vintages from the 20th and 21st centuries. The cabinets consist of six superimposed drawers with three bottles each and a miniature Château model on top (prices are only available on request). As before most expensive white wine The Château d'Yquem was built by the Antique Wine Company in July 2011 for £ 75,000 (€ 85,000) 1811 to the French wine expert Christian Vanneque sold. Other major auction houses are Christie's and Sotheby's,