Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. Naturally, wine contains chemical balance that enables them ferment even without some additives like sugar, water, enzymes, acids, etc.
Most ceremonies are incomplete without a bottle or bottles of wine (s), which add some form of colour and beauty to make an occasion grand. So special are they, that wines made aside from grapes are named after the product from which they have been produced. The older they are, the finer they are in terms of taste; and that is why they always command hefty sum during auctions.
Wine aficionados could spend ‘fortunes’ to acquire top quality wines. Below you will find a collection of some of the most expensive wines in the world. Some of the prices could make you develop Goosebumps if you are not a wine aficionado; but they are true reflection of the value placed on them by tradition and history.
Chateau Margaux- for the lion-hearted, and those who have a whopping $195,000 to part with, all roads lead to the famous La Clos in Dubai International Airport where only three bottles of Chateau Margaux are available. It is bottled in Balthazars, which holds 12 litres of wine. Its original price prior to auction was $12,300, which is still a jumbo sum to part with for a bottle of wine; but wine aficionados won’t blink an eye about that tag.
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir– the Williams Selyem Pinot Noir was originally priced at $17,000 prior to winning the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Reserve Grand Champion and Best of Show award. It was however, auctioned off at staggering $205,000 at a white dinner also in Houston.
Chateau Cheval Blanc– if you thought it was a crazy idea to ‘blow’ $38,000 on a bottle of wine; wonder what your reaction would be if someone told you the Chateau Cheval Blanc fetched a mammoth sum of $304,375 during an auction. Known as one of the greatest Bordeaux of all time, can last another 50 years without any loss in quality.
Chateau D’ Yquem– another French wine to make the cut; not surprised though because it holds the enviable Guinness record for the most expensive bottle of white wine. Pride of Bordeaux, this wine is currently on display at SIP Sunset Grill in Bali, Indonesia, owned by Christian Vanneque, who paid a whopping $117,000 to purchase it.
Romanee Conti– hold your breath because you can’t afford to lose it; but your eyeball won’t drop off its socket if you are a wine aficionado. Buying a bottle of wine at a price that could get you a Ferrari is not a crazy idea, but a fact that you cherish the rich tradition and history of the Romanee Conti, which was created in 1945. It is valued at $123,900.
Chateau Lafitte– $156,450 was the price paid by Malcolm Forbes, who sadly saw his investment turned to zero after placing his priceless acquisition on a pedestal in a glass case beneath halogen spotlights so it could bask in all its glory. Chateau Lafitte was believed to have originated from the basement of former United States President, Thomas Jefferson.
Penfolds Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon Ampolue– unlike the wines we have added before now, this one originates from Australia. It is a limited edition made in 2004, which was made from hand-picked grapes from one of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the world, and fermented in oak hogshead barrels. At $168,000, it ranks as one of the most expensive wine acquisitions, and is currently domiciled in a bullet-proof glass in a Cantonese restaurant owned by the man who acquired it, Wong Wing Chee from Hong Kong.
Chateau Margaux– this is another expensive and top quality wine believed to be a part of the Thomas Jefferson collection. It was discovered from his basement in 1985 with is initials “Th. J.” Its original value before it was it was smashed was put at $500,000 by the owner. Fortunately for the owner, it was insured for a whopping sum of $225,000, which was the sum paid by the insurance firm.
Chateau Lafitte 1869– this wine was initially thought to worth $8,000 before an auction took place. The participant at the auction were however stunned when it was eventually sold for a staggering $233,972.
Heidsieck 1907– sometimes you have to ask yourself what is in a bottle of wine that makes it so fascinating to some wine lovers. The Heidsieck, according to Chris Hoel, who attended a private wine-tasting event, has intense aromas of gunflint and black rifle powder mixed with a briny note like roasted oysters. One striking thing about the Heidsieck is that 200 bottles were found by a ship driver 80 years after they got lost in a shipwreck, and each bottle was sold for $275,000.
One of the most interesting places to find expensive wines online is actual Amazon. Sure, you won’t find these ultra expensive wines, but you’ll see a huge list of expensive wines that can be delivered to you very quickly. View the list of expensive wines on Amazon here.
So there you have it! Do you disagree with my little collection or have a barnd to add to the list? Drop me a comment below.