Whether you are a current wine connoisseur, or looking to expand your range of upscale dinner party trivia – it is worth having the 10 most expensive bottles of wine on your mental radar. Merging your personal taste in wine with that of your taste buds will add class and distinction to your social caliber. But in order to even consider topping the price tags attached to these incredible crushed grape concoctions, prepare to part with between a hefty five and six figure charge. Even if you would rather buy a house than one of these elaborately priced libations, it does not cost anything to dream about them.
Chateau Lafite 1865 Price: $27,000
For this single, double-magnum bottle of this royal red wine, the monetary damage was $27,000. This 750 ml bottle of Chateau Lafite 1865 was a breed of wine that was in good favor at the table of King Louis XV in France. This particular sale changed hands between a Florida businessman and on to a serious European wine collector during a telephone negotiation.
Romanee-Conti 1945 Price: $28,112
The purchase of this red wine, from the French vineyard known as Romanee-Contee, carried an astounding price of $28,112 for its 1945 vintage. In 1996, this particular purchase occurred at Sotheby’s London, with the complete eight-bottle set amounting to $224,900. The key contributor to the pricey nature of this expensive wine is the lengthy production process required to produce even one bottle of Romanee-Conti 1945. In order to completely fill a single bottle, it takes the total harvest from three Pinot Noir grape vines.
Royal De Maria Price: $30,000
For the ideal dessert wine, this Royal De Maria, also referred to as an ice wine because of the grapes being frozen on their vines prior to fermentation, is a rich man’s perfect post-dinner delight. The time-consuming process involved in producing this wondrous wine surely added to its costly $30,000 sale of a single bottle in 2006.
Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 Price: $38,420
As far as the vast spectrum of Australian wines is concerned, this Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 is considered to be the most expensive bottle. Apparently it has been reported that there are only 20 remaining bottles still in existence. An Australian wine auction house in 2004 had a bottle available for bidding, which ended up being sold to an Adelaide wine collector for AUS$50,200. With a 13.5% alcohol content, the variety of grapes involved in this expensive wine is 100% Shiraz, which equates to a 50/50 split between Magill and Morphett Vale.
Massandra Sherry de la Frontera 1775 Price: $43,500
For all the sherry fans out there, this bottle has netted the highest price, thanks to its ancient vintage date, which has been authenticated as the oldest European wine available. Massandra Winery produced this fine wine in Russia, with a worldwide reputation as one with the most extensive collections of Russian and European wines with an Imperial Seal. This Massandra Sherry de la Frontera 1775 was sold at Sotheby’s London.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 Price: $47,000
A complete set of the Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 was auctioned off by Sotheby’s New York, with the highest bid reaching up to $310,700. This puts the price of each 750 ml bottle at $47,000. This extremely expensive wine bottle is an industry favorite because of its rich aroma with a recognizable eucalyptus scent. The bottle’s crest decoration is a factor that adds to its enormous cost.
Chateau d’Yquem 1811 Price: $117,000
White wine normally is available at a lower cost than red wine, but the Chateau d’Yquem 1811 put that typical assumption to rest. This sweet Sauternes-style wine was produced during a “comet year”, which typically yields a tastier result. A wine bar owner in Indonesia named Christian Vanneque bought this bottle for the dynamically steep fee of $117,000.
Cheval Blanc 1947 Price: $135,125
In 2006, the sale of this French favorite transpired in San Francisco, California for a three-liter bottle at the price of $135,125. According to the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine, the Cheval Blanc has been rewarded with a note-worthy class A status. To put this impressive reward in proper context, in terms of all available merlot wines, there are only two of which were granted with this exceptional classification. The striking individuality of this wine stem from the fact that the grapes utilized for its production were harvested during an ideal weather condition: during the months of April to October when there is less rain and a consistently warmer temperature.
Chateau Margaux 1787 Price: $225,000
Out of the total collection of the world’s expensive wines, the Chateau Margaux 1787 is even harder to acquire do to the fact that it no longer is in existence. It has since travelled from the wine cellar of past president Thomas Jefferson to the possession of accomplished wine merchant William Sokolin. Mr. Sokolin apparently brought along this expensive wine bottle to the Four Seasons Hotel for a Margaux dinner but it unfortunately smashed into pieces because of the mistake of a waiter. An insurance company paid William Sokolin the unprecedented price of $225,000.
Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Price: $500,000
For the crown of most expensive bottles of wine ever sold, look no further than this coveted bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992. Even with its considerably recent vintage date in comparison to its pricy competitors, this six-liter wine bottle, which was sold to the highest bidder in 2000 by Napa Valley wine auction for a staggering price tag of a half of a million, ended up raising that gigantic sum of money for charity. It also has the interesting distinction of only being released in 1995.
This article was written by Jo Greig on behalf of WineInvestment.org, a global fine wine trader and investment specialist.