Most people will spend less than ten pounds on a single bottle of wine for drinking. For a special occasion or with a meal out in a restaurant, this figure is likely to reach around thirty to fifty pounds. Wine enthusiasts and collectors may push this number into the triple digits when looking to add a quality vintage to their collection. However, for some, the wine budget is considerably larger. From special auctions to private sales, we take a look at some of the most expensive bottles of wine that have ever been sold!
2013 Taste of Diamonds - $207,000,000
Champagne is typically more expensive than a standard wine, so it comes as no surprise that the most expensive bottle of wine is a bubbly. The 2013 Taste of Diamonds Champagne is a luxurious blend of Grand Cru Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, presenting a creamy, yet floral finish. However, this bottle has sort of cheated its way to the top of the ‘most expensive’ list. Despite winning the ‘Best Taste’ award in 2012, it isn’t really the wine itself that warrants the $2.07 million price tag, but the bottle. Crafted by Alexander Amosu, who added a logo made from gold, as well as a large diamond on the bottle by hand, the extravagant bottle is where the vast majority of the money is going to. In fact, you can actually buy the same bubbly in a standard Champagne bottle for only $211 – a bargain in comparison!
1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet - $500,000
An oak-aged vintage, with sweet, bitter and berry notes, this red wine is one of the most expensive in the world. Originally sold at a charity auction in Nappa Valley in 2000, making it a fairly young wine at the time, which is surprising considering the price tag! While a standard bottle of this wine can be bought for around $7,000, the auctioned bottle was in fact an imperial-sized bottle, which can fit 6 litres of wine – the equivalent of eight standard wine bottles!
2015 The Setting Wines Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - $350,000
The most expensive single, standard bottle of wine to be sold at auction, the 2015 The Setting Wines Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was sold for an impressive $350,000 at a charity auction in 2017. This rare bottle was created by Jesse Katz, a celebrity winemaker based in California.
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 - $304,375
A private collector bought this pricey bottle at a Christie’s auction in 2010. This bottle of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 is often considered the true winner of the ‘most expensive wine’ award, as it was sold at an auction house as opposed to a charity auction, which puts money towards a charity rather than the quality and prestige of the wine. Although it holds six litres of wine as an imperial-sized bottle, this still works out at around $38,000 per standard bottle size-worth! The size also makes this particular bottle very rare, as it is the only surviving Imperial sized bottle from that vintage.
2013 Armand de Brignac Rose - $275,000
It can be argued that this bottle is priced more for the quantity of wine than the quality, but nevertheless, it is still one of the most expensive bottles out there! Containing the equivalent of forty standard bottles of wine, in a four-foot tall bottle, you’ll be getting plenty of this pink bubbly for your money – the challenge will just be in pouring it!
Heidsieck 1907 - $275,000
While a very old bottle of Champagne is likely to fetch a fairly high auction price anyway, this figure is sure to skyrocket when the fact this particular Champagne has been at the bottom of the sea in a shipwreck is taken into account! In 1998, 82 years after the ship was sunk by a German submarine, 2,000 bottles of 1907 Heidsieck were recovered and sold, with some fetching up to $275,000.
Chateau Lafite 1869 - $230,000
Despite only being valuated at around $60k per bottle, a bidding war at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong led to a trio of Chateau Lafite being sold for a whopping $690,000 in 2010. Working out at $230,000 per bottle, this is the most that has ever been spent on a single bottle of wine.
Chateau Margaux 1787 - $225,000
An infamous bottle of wine that could have made it to the top of the list, had it not been for a tragic spillage! Originally valuated at around half a million dollars, the Chateau Margaux 1787 came from Thomas Jefferson’s wine collection and even featured his signature on the bottle. Tragically, a wine server knocked the bottle over at the Four Season Hotel before anyone even got a chance to take a sip! Unfortunately, the insurance only paid out $225,000 to cover the loss of the wine, slashing the value of the wine by half.
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