The World’s Most Expensive Bottles of Wine
If you love wine, or collecting historical artifacts, consider this list of the most expensive bottles on the planet.
Have you ever wondered what $2,000 tastes like? These vintages are so valuable, you would be crazy to drink them! Rather than consumables, think of them more as collector’s items, or artwork that appreciates with time.
When you check out these prices, you’ll see what I mean…
Penfold’s Grange Hermitage 1951: $38,500
Another great achievement by this wonderful Australian winery, Penfold’s produced the Hermitage vintage mid-century. While 1,800 bottles were originally produced, only 20 now exist. Made of predominantly Shiraz grapes, this blended wine was produced using experimental techniques inspired by the production of Bordeaux.
Massandra Sherry de la Frontera 1775: $43,500
This sherry is the oldest known bottle from the Massandra vineyard in Ukraine, which is famous for its extensive collection of highly valuable and historical Russian and European wines. It was bought in 2001 at a Sotheby’s auction in London, and the price paid is worth about $52,000 today. It is the oldest known bottle from Massandra to date.
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945: $114,614
Considered one of the best wines of the last century, this vintage was purchased at a Christie’s auction in London. Contained in a jeroboam bottle (containing four times the usual amount as a regular bottle), this price equates to about $23,000 per 750 ml.
Château d’Yquem 1811: $118,000
This vintage has the distinction of being the most expensive white wine ever sold. While most whites do not age well, this particular blend is known to withstand the ageing process beautifully. It was purchased by a private collector and sommelier, who now displays the bottle at his restaurant in Bali, Indonesia.
Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, 1787: $156,450
Since Bordeaux can only last for 50 years, let alone over 200 years, this is without a doubt a totally undrinkable bottle of wine. So why such a high price? Because the initials Th.J are inscribed on the bottle: an indicator that a certain Mr. Thomas Jefferson owned it at one time. As ambassador to France, Mr. Jefferson often brought home vintages to add to his collection. This is a wine that is a collectable for its historical value.