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most expensive wines in the world

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A complete and up-to-date ranking for such wines is difficult as the market is constantly on the move. Very expensive wines are almost without exception based on extremely low yield and with the most elaborate methods often in "manual work" often in only small numbers with few thousand bottles produced. For these also the term becomes Garage wine used. For a single 0.75-liter bottle of such top-class plants you have to at least 100 to 200, in some cases up to 500 euros and older and / or outstanding vintages pay up to five and not so rare ten times. In addition to outstanding quality are for a high value of a wine bottle but also historical backgrounds or famous previous owners of importance. This means that there are certainly collectors who do not buy such wines for the purpose of enjoyment.

Gold bar (symbol of expensive) and wine bottles

Top producers & wineries

Top quality is usually characterized by a long time durability out. This means that they have not yet reached their peak after marketing and thus the maturity only after prolonged storage or bottle aging to reach. These wines, at the age of 10, 20, 30 years and older, are also expected to be in optimum condition and free from wine errors are. In the list of the world's most expensive wines are regular vintages the following producers or wineries include:

Record holder & leader

For wines before the Second World War, especially of the 19th century and older, special laws apply, because here also the historical value counts. They are not always purchased for enjoyment and can be quite inedible. Such special vintages are being auctioned at true fantasy prices. Naturally be at Auctions the highest prices achieved. For many years he was record holder on Château Lafite-Rothschild 1787, the 1985 auction house Christie's was sold for $ 156,450. The from the estate of the third US President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) originating bottle went to the US publisher Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990). It came from a mysterious find, seller was the well-known wine collectors Hardy Rodenstock (1941-2018). As a result, four wines (Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Mouton-Rothschild for $ 500,000) led to several lawsuits and lawsuits.

Finally, the longtime record Broken. The auction house Sotheby's Hong Kong auctioned three bottles of Château Lafite-Rothschild 1869 in October 2010 by 1.8 million Hong Kong dollars each. That was $ 232,692 at the time. The buyer was allegedly a telephone company from Asia, the name was not announced. The three bottles came directly from the cellar of the winery in Pauillac. The most expensive white wine was in 2011 a Château d'Yquem of the legendary vintage 1811 of the Antique Wine Company sold in London for £ 75,000 (€ 85,000). Buyer was living in Bali sommelier and wine collector Christian Vanneque (* 1950) who exhibited the bottle for the opening of his new restaurant "SIP Sunset Grill".

In August 2012, a "Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Block 42 Ampoule 2004" of the Australian winery changed Penfolds for € 160,000 the owner. The wine is bottled in a special container. This consists of a hand-blown, cylindrical glass vial, which is housed in a conical glass sculpture and this in turn in a container made of fine jarrah wood. It comes from the vineyard "Kalimna Block 42" with already in 1885 planted extremely old vines. Of this exceptional specimen only 12 units were produced. The buyer was a regular guest of the Tyrolean five-star hotel "Jagdhof" in Neustift (Stubaital). Matthias Tanzer, the chief sommelier of the house, arranged the sale.

Ampoule from Penfolds

The most expensive champagne comes from a ship wreck discovered in 2010 (see details under the keywords Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin and also Heidsieck monopolies ). The in 2011 at the VDP auction in the monastery Eberbach sold Scharzhofberger Trockenbeerenauslese vintage 1999 from the winery Egon Müller-Scharzhof (Mosel region) holds the German record, The most expensive wine, however, does not appear in the various record lists mostly because it was not a "real" sale, but a charity event in which he was sold. This is the legendary with 99 Parker points rated Screaming Eagle Born in 1992 in the Napa Valley. For a 6-liter bottle was paid half a million US dollars.

Record list of white wines, red wines, champagne

The list in the table is not exhaustive. It should be noted that prices vary per source in € (Euro = 1), US $ (US $ = 1.14), HK $ (Hong Kong Dollar = 8.91), AU $ (Australian Dollar = 1.60) or £ (pounds = 0.88) (in brackets the ratios on 9 February 2019). To be able to compare exactly, one would have to consider the respective market value of the sales years. For some bottles there are sometimes considerable price differences and different currency information in the sources. Almost all of the wine bottles listed below have a volume of 0.7 (for very old vintages) or 0.75 liters. The exceptions (*) are Château Cheval Blanc (double magnum with 3 l), Screaming Eagle ( impériale with 6 l) and the Château Mouton-Rothschild ( Jeroboam with 4.5 l). A correct ranking is therefore difficult. The wines were sorted in ascending order of price regardless of their currency:

winery country Area / Wine jg Type sale price
Egon Müller-Scharzhof Deu Trockenbeerenauslese 1999 Wei VDP 2011 € 6,433
Jaboulet-Aîné Fra Hermitage La Chapelle 1961 red Christie's 2007 £ 10,312
Dom. de la Romanée-Conti Fra Montrachet (Chardonnay) 1978 Wei Sotheby's 1996 $ 23,929
Massandra spa sherry 1775 Wei Sotheby's 2001 £ 27,867
Penfold's Grange Out Shiraz, CS 1951 red Oddbins 2004 $ 35,767
Château d'Yquem Fra Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc 1784 Wei Christie's 1986 £ 36,000
Dom. de la Romanée-Conti Fra Romanée-Conti (PN) 1945 red Acker Merall 2007 $ 41,825
Moët et Chandon Fra Dom Pérignon Rosé (PN) 1959 Cha Acker Merall 2008 $ 42,350
Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin Fra Pinot Noir 1839 Cha Artcurial 2011 $ 46,640
Château d'Yquem Fra Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc 1811 Wei AWC 2011 £ 75,000
Château Mouton-Rothschild Fra CS, CF, Merlot 1945 red Christie's 1997 $ 114,614
Château Cheval Blanc * Fra CF, Merlot, Cot, CS 1947 red Christie's 2006 $ 135,125
Château Lafite-Rothschild Fra CS, Merlot, CF. 1787 red Christie's 1985 $ 156,450
Penfolds Out Kalimna Block 42 (CS) 2004 red Tyrol 2012 € 160,000
Heidsieck monopolies Fra Diamond Bleu (PN, Chard) 1907 Cha Moscow 1998 € 224,000
Château Margaux Fra CS, Merlot, CF. 1787 red New York 1989 € 225,000
Château Lafite-Rothschild Fra CS, Merlot, CF. 1869 red Sotheby's 2010 $ 232,692
Château Mouton-Rothschild * Fra CS, CF, Merlot 1945 red Sotheby's 2007 $ 310,700
Screaming Eagle * United States Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 red Napa Valley 2000 $ 500,000

Curiosities & Anecdotes

William Sokolin (1930-2015) One of the most expensive wine bottles was broken in a never quite clear, somewhat obscure sales attempt. US wine merchant William Sokolin (1930-2015) hosted an exquisite dinner at New York's Four Seasons restaurant in 1989, with a Château Margaux the year 1787 from the estate of the 3rd US President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) with his initials "Th. J. "was to be sold on behalf of the English owner for the price of $ 500,000. Around 180 people had been invited.

A waiter pushed the bottle off the table, which shattered as shown in the picture. After a second version Sokolin ran with the bottle in the hand into the tray of a waiter. The bottle had no loss because allegedly the Château Margaux had recorked the bottle a year earlier and thereby refilled the shortfall with Margaux born in 1959. An insurance company had to shell out $ 225,000, which the unknown owner and Sokolin shared. Whether at the exorbitant high price actually a buyer would have been, is at least questionable, at least there was no chance at the time of the accident. If so, this would most likely have become by far the most expensive wine bottle.

There is a special story about two bottles Château Haut-Brion of the legendary comet vintage 1811 (see in detail there), for which a very high, but never kolportierter price was paid. See also below oldest wines, as well as a list of special residences Wines of the century,

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