A gorgeous bottle of wine is like a fine art piece. Each of them has a different story that speaks out to different people. Usually, it is quoted that the older the wine, the better it tastes, bet we couldn’t agree more. A sparkling bottle of wine with a label that screams exotic, rare and ancient, has become the favorite status symbol for millionaires and billionaires. So much that wine bottles are even auctioned at the highest price and people do not even care to open it, rather it is up somewhere on their bar hanging as a classic showpiece. And while this is not all, it’s still one of the many reasons why you should know about the world’s most expensive wines.
The most interesting of all facts about wine is this- Wine is even bought as an investment sometimes by ultra-rich. There is no doubt, that you might have heard about the quote- nothing ages better than a fine bottle of wine!
Vineyards and wineries have been evident for centuries now. One of the earliest known wineries to mankind was from 4100 BC in Armenia. The sheer talent of winemaking, the entire process that is put up to produce the finest of wines is no doubt an art in itself, and this makes it the sole reason why these bottles come up with such a heavy price tag.
From choosing the perfect climate, types of grapes, kind of soil, storage facility, raw materials, barrel quality to the reputation of the winery and the maker, there are so many factors that are at play while preparing the best out of the best wine. This in turn requires an ample amount of effort and money. Hence, the best quality wine is sold at the highest rates.
Now that we know what goes into the making of expensive wine, let us dwell further into the world’s top 10 most expensive wines in descending order.
10 Most Expensive Wines of the World
10. Domaine De La Romanee-Conti 1978 Grand Cru
Domaine De La Romanee-Conti is Burgundy’s well-known winemaker. What makes DRC so popular across the world is the fact that they make their wine from eight different vineyards.
But what makes it such a highly auctioned bottle to date? Their top-notch quality stands unique in the market. Because of the region’s geography, the soil on which it is made adds to its silky texture and gives a unique taste. Not only that, but the rare availability also builds on to the list of things that make it so exorbitant. It is an evident case of demand and supply. Since the supply is not in an abundant quantity, the demand grows more and more each passing year.
9. 1811 Château D’Yquem
The Château D’Yquem is a premium wine from the Sauternes region in the southern part of the Bordeaux vineyards. This celebrated old vintage drink is on the high-end scale of price due to the lack of availability. This does make it a reason why it is so costly, but the climatic conditions in which the grapes, that are used to make it, grow, also become one factor that adds to its worth and exclusivity.
8. Château Lafite 1865
Another blessing for the world, straight from France! Château Lafite Rothschild is a wine estate in the Pauillac region of the Médoc, France, that produces one of the most expensive red wines in the world. They are famous for making splendid quality wine.
Château Lafite 1865, is one of their best-selling ones to date. The reputation of the Rothschild family has been a brownie point for the wine that makes it so expensive.
7. Château Lafite 1787
The maximum price it had been sold was $156,000 in 1985 at an auction.
As mentioned earlier, the reputation of the winemaker also holds a key factor in pricing a wine. According to the Guinness Book Of World Records, this bottle still enjoys falling into the high-price scale.
6. Ampoule From Penfolds
Probably Penfolds’ most expensive wine to ever be released is Ampoule. It was launched at a wine tasting event in Moscow. Descending a South Australian heritage, Ampoule remains a King.
Penfolds ordered four South Australian craftsmen to design its surrounding structure: Nick Mount, the glass sculptor, Hendrik Forster, the metalsmith, Andrew Bartlett, the cabinet maker, and the glassblower Ray Leake.
5. Château Margaux 2009 Balthazar
To date, only six bottles of Château Margaux 2009 Balthazar have been manufactured, and among them, only three were upon sale. A luxury wine merchant in Dubai made it possible.
When you buy a 2009 Balthazar, you also get a chance of flying to France first-class and have a private tour of Margaux’s vineyard. Adding a cherry on top of it, a private dinner with its chief winemaker Paul Pontallier, now how does that sound like?
4. Château Margaux 1787
Do you know how most of these wines have a history of being famous due to their top quality and demand? Guess we have an interesting story to tell you about.
Château Margaux 1787, is well-renowned for being one of the expensive bottles of wine to ever been broken. In 1989, New York wine merchant, William Sokolin, owned a bottle of Chateau Margaux 1787. It was one of many different wines that were uncovered behind a Paris cellar wall in 1985. He wanted to showcase the wine bottle at a party and so he went and got it out of the cellar. At the end of the evening, a waiter accidentally crashed at their table and broke the wine bottle. Oh, praise the Lord! At least he had insurance for the lavish piece.
3. Château Cheval Blanc 1947
Considered a legend in the world of wines, Cheval Blanc 1947, is said to be one of the finest ones to exist.
What sets this fine piece apart from other Bordeaux is the sole fact that is indeed rich in alcohol and acidity. Ask any of the experienced wine tasters out there and you would know the lavish Blanc is not just famous for its brand, but indeed it is one of a kind. From the texture to the ingredients, it is elegant mixed with danger.
2. 1945 Jeroboam Of Château Mouton-Rothschild
Another legendary wine of the vintage era, Mouton, has been auctioned as a high-priced wine for ages.
The 1945 Jeroboam, was manufactured shortly after World War-II. As a Jew, Baron Philippe de Rothschild fled to Britain after escaping from prison, and once the war was over he went back to supervise the harvest at Mouton.
1. Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
Can we please have some drumrolls in the background? Giving you the most expensive wines to ever exist in history – Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992.
One of the most well-acclaimed wines out there, straight from the Napa Valley that tastes like heaven, almost! The purple opaque color adds a rich and extravagant feeling. Talking about the smell, it screams of blackcurrants and oaks. Every component is blended and brilliantly focused on which adds different dimensions to its flavor.
What makes these world’s most expensive wines so exorbitant?
The beauty of wine lies in the way it is made, the ingredients that are used, the soil it is grown in, and the climate it is raised in. Besides all this, what matters is the maker of wine. Most of the above-mentioned wines were made in France. The winemakers were family-business owners and had one thing in common- they were rich.
What makes them so expensive is the fact that they all hail from a rich background of winery owners. Frankly, wine has been a traditional celebratory drink, especially in Europe. The entire culture has been followed through the Roman era, and keeping it alive takes effort. Even because of the limited ingredients and the conditions in which the grapes should grow, makes wine one of the toughest drink to make, and hence justifying the cost.