We have all seen legendary bottles of wine in movies and on television, worth as much as a car or a house. Some of these wines are part of exclusive collections and almost all of them are beyond the reach of normal pockets. Today we will review the most expensive wines in the world.
Usually, wine prices are designed for all budgets. It is a common drink, with many health properties and, thanks to the fact that there is a large production all over the world, it is possible to get a bottle of the best red wine of the moment at a very affordable price.
However, wine prices can range from a few euros to an exorbitant amount. In this sense, we have all heard of a bottle of wine that costs as much as a car. These expensive wines come from exceptional vintages and are often prohibitively expensive. True wine lovers invest their money in these bottles, as they increase in value over time and, furthermore, wine has become a collector’s item, just like art or old toys.
The most expensive wines in the world are usually unique pieces, the product of the union of centuries-old knowledge about winemaking, special climatic and terrain conditions. For example, a year in which the temperature and rainfall have been especially good for the growth and ripening of the grape, and for a particularly good grape strain. This produces a unique alchemy, the result of which is an exceptional wine and whose price exceeds the imaginable.
To give you an idea of the prices that these bottles can reach, below, we share a list with some of the most expensive wines in the world.
In 2010, the Swiss auction house, Christie’s, auctioned off a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc Imperial from 1947 for €224,598, making it a contender for the throne of the world’s most expensive wine. It is, according to the opinions of the experts, one of the best Bordeaux wines in history. Thanks to its exceptional quality, this wine can be enjoyed despite being over fifty years old, something that not all wines are capable of withstanding.
The most expensive wine in Spain is made in Pedroñeras, a small town in Cuenca, in Castilla La Mancha. The “gold” edition of this wine, whose bottle has a capacity of 16 liters and has been designed by the artist Alberto Rodríguez Serrano, costs between 17,000 and 25,000 euros. However, up to 340,000 euros have been paid for a special edition, which could be the most expensive bottle of wine in the world and which makes it one of the most expensive wines in the world.
It is a very fine wine, which does not turn sour when opened, and has sweet aromas reminiscent of fig bread, as well as a very fruity flavor and a sweet palate, with hints of cocoa.
Domaine de La Romanée-Conti
Each bottle of Domaine de La Romanée-Conti Burgundy wine costs €15,000. This wine is the fruit of the know-how of the Leroy/Roch and Villaine family, whose vineyards date back to 1232, when Abbot Saint Vivant bought the first two hectares of land.
It is an exclusive wine, since only 6,000 bottles are sold each year, its scarcity being one of the main reasons for its price. As if that were not enough, it is a wine that withstands the passage of time very well, thanks to the almost perfect balance between flavor and acidity.
The wines from the Médoc area, northwest of Bordeaux, also known as Primer Cru, are considered one of the great red wines in the world. Le Château Lafite Rothschild is one of them. The most expensive bottle, from the 1787 vintage, was sold in 1985 at an auction in London for a whopping $160,000.
In this case, the price was not due only to the exceptional quality of the wine, but also to the fact that the initials of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, were engraved on the bottle, since it was part of his private collection.
Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese
This sweet white wine, with an unpronounceable name, was made by Egon Müller, with grapes from the Lower Saar region. Although the price of these bottles is usually around 11,000 dollars, a not insignificant amount, they have come to pay up to 35,000 euros for a bottle.
It is an exclusive wine, which is made with hand-selected grapes, completely dehydrated and raisined, which results in a very sweet wine with production limited to a few hundred bottles.
The 2004 Penfolds Block 42 is a wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Barossa Valley area, near the Australian city of Adelaide. This wine region has a tradition dating back to the mid-1800s.
Although it is not a traditionally appreciated area, these bottles can reach 168,000 dollars in price, due to various factors. The first is that the bottles are designed by artists Nick Mount and Ray Laerke, and the second is that only 12 bottles are sold every ten years.
A bottle of Heidsieck champagne from 1907 sold for $275,000 at auction. The reason for the price is that it was destined for the cellars of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II.
These bottles are known as “Shipwrecked”, since they were rescued from the bottom of the sea in 1997, since the ship in which they were transported sank in 1916 when it was hit by the torpedoes of a German submarine during the First World War.
Cabernet Sauvignon S.Eagle
This Cabernet Sauvignon made in California in 1992 has a dull, almost black purple color and an unmistakable aroma of blackcurrant jam. In the year 2000 it became one of the most expensive wines in the world when 500,000 dollars were paid for a bottle.
Considered one of the best sweet white wines in the world, 87,000 euros were paid for a bottle of 1811, considered the best vintage of Château D’Yquem.
Semillon variety grapes contain more sugars, which produces a noble fermentation. In addition, the production process requires very special climatic conditions, so its production is not always possible.
Between all these wines, we have seen some of the most expensive bottles in the world. Many of them are more expensive than the most expensive Vega Sicilia on the market. As we have seen, many people appreciate this drink to the point of spending thousands of euros on expensive wine.