Despite all of this conflict, the best and most expensive wines are bottles remaining from crops that were cultivated long ago. Ageing is a major part of the wine, and wine that’s been aged longer is usually considered to be of a finer quality. Luckily for us, we can track the most expensive jars of wine that have been sold. The price does not ever correspond to the quality sometimes it’s inflated thanks to the perceived rarity of the bottle but usually speaking the wines in this cost bracket can be considered the most luxurious of their kind. These are the list of top ten most expensive bottles of wine ever sold.
List of Top Ten Most Expensive Wines 2015
|Rank||Most Expensive Wines||Costs|
|1||1947 Château Cheval Blanc||$304,375|
|3||1869 Château Lafite||$233,972|
|4||1787 Château Lafite||$160,000|
|5||Romanée Conti 1945||$123,900|
|6||1811 Château d’Yquem||$117,000|
|7||1787 Château d’Yquem||$100,000|
|8||1945 Château Mouton-Rothschild||$47,000|
10. Royal DeMaria
Canadian winery Royal DeMaria designed this bottle, which differs from the normal wine as it is an ice wine. Icewine is produced in a unique way compared to most wines the grapes are frozen on the vine since being fermented, creating a sweeter taste that makes ice wine a ‘desert wine’, as the perfect accompaniment to a sweet treat. They sold a specially nice bottle of their vintage in 2006 for $30,000.
9. 1775 Massandra
Massandra is an area in Crimea, which is either Russian or Ukranian, depending on who you ask that has been well-known for its wine production for centuries. In 2001, a bottle of wine from the Massandra region sold for $43,500. What made that special bottle so helpful? It probably had anything to do with the case that the bottle in question was produced from a crop that was cut in 1775. At the time of its sale, the wine in that bottle had been holding and ageing for 226 years. If it’s still tied, today it is 239 years old, and the buyer is only 11 years away from having a bottle of 250-year-old wine. Whether it would still taste good just to drink is up for debate, but chances are its more of a collector’s item at this point.
8. 1945 Château Mouton-Rothschild
The famous Rothschild banking group is, in all likelihood, the richest family to ever walk the face of the earth. Nathaniel Rothschild bought the Château Mouton near Bordeaux, France in 1853. He turned the estate into the vines, and it became one of the most well-respected winemaking services in the world, getting shout-outs in classic James Bond movies and becoming a well-known brand among luxury consumers. This special bottle of a 1945 vintage was reserved specifically for the château’s owner but was later sold at a sale to a fan who paid $47,000 for a chance to examine it.
7. 1787 Château d’Yquem
In the world of extravagance wines, red is often better than white. The only difference in production is the shade of the grape; red wine is made using red grapes and white wine is made utilizing white grapes. White wine tends to be better when matched with seafood and lighter meals, but it almost ever plays second fiddle to Red…almost always. Another product of a French château, this bottle of 1787 Château Yquem scored one for the white side when it traded for over $100,000 in a private performance that included a representative doing flown over the sea to carry it by hand. Now that’s service.
6. 1811 Château d’Yquem
As you can view, Château d’Yquem is no slouch when it comes to producing the finest of wines. Why would this bottle from their vineyard produced in 1811, 24 years after the 1787 bottle be sold for less than the used one? The older the bottle, the higher the cost, but that’s not ever the case. The 1811 season at Château d’Yquem was considered exceptionally good, with amazing even working so far as to tag it one of the greatest white wines ever. The fame of that year’s production means that the few remaining bottles of it still in circulation carry a hefty premium. It was purchased by sommelier Christian Mannequin, who plans to open it in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his wine-tasting career.
5. Romanée Conti 1945
Judging from a fast glance at the list, 1945 appeared to be a good year for extremely expensive wines. Plus, the ending of the war and all that other stuff was probably a big deal also I guess. This jar of Romanée Conti, made from a 1945 vintage, traded for $123,900 to an American collector at Christie’s fine-wine auction. Only 600 bottles were ever built, making it an exceedingly rare vintage.
4. 1787 Château Lafite
This jar of 1787 Château Lafite was more than just an extremely rare and high-quality bottle it was from the personal collection of none other than Thomas Jefferson, and it even bore his originals. Malcolm Forbes purchased the bottle in 1985. The wine is no great drinkable as the years, and almost rudimentary bottling process have spoiled it though it’s a collector’s item that Mr. Forbes spared no expense in acquiring. The $160,000 he paid in 1985 would be cost around $315,000 now.
3. 1869 Château Lafite
Although 80 years growing than its 1787 counterpart, this bottle of 1869 Château Lafite was traded for a massive $233,972 at an auction to an anonymous Asian buyer. Expected to sell for around $8,000 before the auction, the sellers were stunned to view it caught up in a call war that caused its price up close to a quarter-million. Unbeknownst to them, Château Life is deemed a luxury item in Asia and consequently carries a hefty premium.
2. 1907 Heidsieck
This 1907 Heidsieck is stratospherically costly, and with good reason. It was part of a small collection that was ordered specifically by the Russian imperial family of the early 20th century the last tsar, Nicholas II of Russia. The wine was thought lost when the ship is carrying it sank in 1916, but the wreckage was found in 1997. Each jar of the batch sold for $275,000 which is absurdly expensive for the wine that no one was even positive would be drinkable after. Only a very small group of people know if growing wine for a time on the ocean floor continues anything to the taste.
1. 1947 Château Cheval Blanc
In the wine area, reputation gives as much weight as age, and, similar the 1811 Château d’Yquem, the 1947 Château Cheval Blanc is grape that has a tremendous reputation. Considered by many to be one of, if not the very best Bordeaux of all time, the bottle was sold at a Christie’s wine auction in Geneva to an anonymous buyer. The bottle can be kept for another 50 years under typical storage and still be used with no issue which is ideal, seeing how you would only need to pop open the world’s most expensive jar of wine for a particularly momentous moment.