Wine has a long history tracing back to around 6000 BC and is believe to have originated in areas within the borders of Georgia and Iran. Wine was first appeared in Greece and Bulgaria, Europe around 4500 BC, it was one of the most common drink during the ancient Greece, Thrace and Rome. In general, royal blood, majestic people and even Jesus take it. Today, continuing the legacy of the ancient; we are still craving to taste the wines, while some are attracted by the bottles, some by the brands, and yet some weigh upon the wine’s origins.
I guess the older the bottle, the more $$$ you need to pay to get it and it might cost you a fortune for that. Read on to discover the ten most expensive wines available on the market.
10. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945
Price: USD23,000 per 750ml
Wine Year: 1945
Sold at: Christie’s, London auction, 1997
In 1997, a jeroboam of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 – considered one of the great vintages of the last century – sold to an anonymous bidder at Christie’s, London. The $114,614 price-tag equates to almost $23,000 per 750ml (a regular-sized wine bottle). The 1945 label is famous for its “V” print for “Victory”, indicating the end of the Second World War.
09. Romanée-Conti DRC 1990
Price: USD28,113 per 750ml
Wine Year: 1990
Sold at: Sotheby’s London auction, 1996
A set of eight bottles was sold for $224,900 at auction at Sotheby’s London in 1996. The high price of the wine was mainly due to the extremely low yield of the soil in the area of France where it’s produced – it takes the produce of three Pinot Noir grape vines to make one bottle. The average age of the vines, extending over 1.8 hectares, is 53 years and the Pinot Noir harvest can produce up to 450 cases of Romanee-Conti DRC wine.
08. Cheval Blanc 1947
Price: USD33,781 per 750 ml
Wine Year: 1947
Sold at: Vinfolio, San Francisco, 2006
This merlot enjoys the status of being one of only two wines that have been given the Class A status in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine. A three-litre bottle was bought at Vinfolio in San Francisco in 2006 for $135,125 ($33,781 per 750 ml).
07. Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951
Price: USD38,420 per 750ml
Wine Year: 1951
Sold at: Australian auction house
Penfolds Grange Hermitage is known as the most expensive Australia wine ever produced. The 1951 Penfolds Grange Hermitage is known to have only about 20 other bottles left in existence today. In May of 2004, a wine collector in Adelaide paid AUS$50,200 for a bottle at an Australian auction house.
06. Massandra 1775
Price: USD43,500 per 750ml
Wine Year: 1775
Sold at: Sotherby’s London auction, 2001
Massandra 1775 is known as the most expensive and oldest sherry from Russia’s Massandra winery. She was sold at auction at Sotherby’s London in 2001.
05. Chateau d’Yquem 1787
Price: USD100,000 per 750ml
Wine Year: 1787
Sold at: Antique Wine Company in London, 2006
Chateau d’Yquem 1787 is the world’s most expensive white wine. Traditionally white wine normally sells for less than the red, but a rare 1787 vintage Chateau d’Yquem fetched $100,000 from an anonymous American collector in 2006. What gave the said wine esteemed with such high value may rest on the nostalgia that is associated with the said bottle. When the grapes were being harvested for the 1787 Chateau d’Yquem, George III was the King of England, George Washington was the President of the United States and James Watt was developing the first steam engine.
04. Chateau Lafite 1787
Price: USD156,450 per 750ml
Wine Year: 1787
Sold at: – , 1985
Chateau Lafite 1787 is the most expensive standard bottle of wine. Publisher Malcolm Forbes in 1985 paid $160,000 for a bottle of 1787 vintage, which was believed to be from the late President Thomas Jefferson’s cellar and has the initials ThJ etched in the glass. However, its authenticity has been the subject of speculation, with experts split on the matter.
03. Chateau Margaux 1787
Wine Year: 1787
Sold at: -
In 1989, a bottle, also from Thomas Jefferson’s collection, was valued at an astronomical $500,000 by its owner, a New York wine merchant called William Sokolin. The high price may have been a publicity stunt, but it was never tested. When Sokolin took the wine with him to a Margaux dinner at the Four Season Hotel, a waiter knocked the bottle over, breaking it. Insurers paid out $225,000. Probably it is the most expensive wine that never get sold.
02. Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck
Price: USD275,000 per 750ml
Wine Year: 1907
Sold at: -
Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck is the world’s most expensive Champagne. In 1998, two thousand bottles of Champagne were salvaged from a ship, originally destined Imperial Court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, which had been torpedoed by German sub during World War I. They have been sold at auctions all over the world as an historic novelty.
01. Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992
Price: USD500,000 per 750ml
Wine Year: 1992
Sold at: Napa Valley Wine Auction, 2000
Let us now come to the tenth and the penultimate wine of the day. Though this wine should have ranked first in terms of price, its value was somehow overshadowed as it was auctioned for charity. Imperial of Screaming Eagle Cab 1992 was sold at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000 for an astronomical sum of $500,000. The wine as purchased by Cisco Systems executive Chase Bailey. Though technically it had fetched the highest ever price, but much of its price has to be discounted as it was meant for charitable purposes.
In term of valuation, fine wine has withstood two US recessions and beaten a benchmark shares index over the past 13 years according to a study conducted by two economists.
But how much are you willing to pay just to get a sip of the “drink from heaven”?