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most expensive wines in the world

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A complete and current ranking for such wines is difficult because the market is constantly changing. Almost without exception, very expensive wines are extremely low yield and produced with the most complex methods, often by hand, often only in small quantities with a few thousand bottles. The term is also used for this Garage wine used. For a single 0.75 liter bottle of such top-class plants you have to buy at least 100 to 200, in some cases up to 500 euros and for older and / or outstanding ones vintages pay up to five times, and not so seldom ten times. In addition to outstanding quality, historical backgrounds or famous previous owners are also important for a high value of a wine bottle. This means that there are definitely collectors who do not acquire such wines for the purpose of enjoyment.

Gold bars (symbol for expensive) and wine bottles

Top producers & wineries

Top qualities are usually characterized by a long durability out. This means that they have not yet reached their peak once they have been marketed maturity only after long storage or bottle aging to reach. These wines aged 10, 20, 30 years and older can also be expected to be in optimal condition and free of wine errors are. The list of the most expensive wines in the world are regular vintages of the following producers or wineries included:

Record holder & leader

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

Finally, the long-time record Broken. The auction house Sotheby's In October 2010, Hong Kong auctioned three bottles of Château Lafite-Rothschild in 1869 for 1.8 million Hong Kong dollars each. That corresponded to US $ 232,692 at the time. The buyer was said to be an Asian phone company, but the name was not disclosed. The three bottles came straight from the cellar of the winery in Pauillac. The most expensive white wine was in 2011 Château d'Yquem of the legendary vintage 1811 of the Antique Wine Company sold in London for £ 75,000 (€ 85,000). The buyer was the one living in Bali sommelier and wine collector Christian Vanneque (* 1950) who exhibited the bottle at the opening of his new restaurant "SIP Sunset Grill".

In August 2012, a "Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Block 42 Ampoule 2004" by the Australian winery changed Penfolds for € 160,000 the owner. The wine is filled 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 is housed in a container made of fine Jarrah wood. It comes from the Kalimna Block 42 vineyard with extremely old vines planted in 1885. Only 12 units of this exceptional specimen were produced. The buyer was a regular guest at the Tyrolean five-star hotel "Jagdhof" in Neustift (Stubaital). Matthias Tanzer, the head sommelier des Haues, had arranged the sale.

Ampoule from Penfolds

The most expensive champagne comes from a shipwreck discovered in 2010 (see the keywords below for more details) Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin and also Heidsieck monopolies ). The in 2011 at VDP auction in the monastery Eberbach The 1999 Scharzhofberger Trockenbeerenauslese sold by Egon Müller-Scharzhof (Mosel region) holds the German one record, The actually most expensive wine does not appear in the various record lists mostly because it was not a "real" sale, but a charity event in which it was sold. That is the legendary at 99 Parker points rated Screaming Eagle Born 1992 in the Napa Valley. Half a million dollars was paid for a 6-liter bottle.

Record list of white wines, red wines, champagne

The table does not claim to be complete. It should be noted that the prices differ per source in € (euro = 1), US $ (US dollar = 1.14), HK $ (Hong Kong dollar = 8.91), AU $ (Australian dollar = 1.60) or £ (pounds = 0.88) are given (in brackets the ratio on February 9, 2019). In order to be able to make a precise comparison, one would have to take into account 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 (doubles magnum with 3 l), Screaming Eagle ( impériale with 6 l) and the Château Mouton-Rothschild listed below as penultimate ( Jeroboam with 4.5 l). A correct ranking is therefore difficult. The wines were sorted in ascending order according to the 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
Penfolds Grange Out Shiraz, CS 1951 red Oddbins 2004 $ 35,767
Château d'Yquem Fra Sémillon, 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 Sémillon, 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 Diamant Bleu (PN, Chard) 1907 Cha Moscow 1998 € 224,000
Chateau 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

Oddities & anecdotes

William Sokolin (1930-2015) One of the most expensive wine bottles was broken during an unsettled, somewhat obscure sales attempt. The US wine merchant William Sokolin (1930-2015) held an exquisite dinner in 1989 in the New York restaurant "Four Seasons" Chateau Margaux born in 1787 from the estate of the 3rd US President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) with its initials “Th. J. ”was to be sold in the media on behalf of the English owner at a price of $ 500,000. Around 180 people had been invited.

A waiter pushed the bottle from the table, which shattered as shown in the picture. According to a second version, Sokolin ran into a waiter's tray, bottle in hand. The bottle had none loss, because allegedly the Château Margaux corked the bottle a year earlier and filled the missing stock with Margaux vintage 1959. Insurance had to shell out $ 225,000, which the unknown owner and Sokolin shared. It is at least questionable whether a buyer would have actually found himself at the exorbitantly high price, at least at the time of the accident there was still no offer. If so, it would most likely have been by far the most expensive wine bottle.

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

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