The most expensive wines in the world begin as grapes on the vine before being transferred into oak wine barrels to age and mature. Our personal obsession with wine barrels begins after the barrel has been used several times to make wine and is ready for its new life as something else – perhaps a vanity, mirror, or coffee table.
Still, we enjoy a good glass of wine as much as the next person, if only to set atop our wine barrel table to complete the look.
What Are the Most Expensive Wines in the World?
A trip to your local Costco will show you some wines that might max out your budget – like a $200 bottle of Joseph Phelps Insignia or a $300 bottle of 1995 Opus One. Yet, these bottles pale in comparison to the cost of the most expensive wines in the world.
For instance, Sotheby’s auction house recently sold a bottle of 1945 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti for a shocking $558,000! Which brings us to the first wine on our list of the most expensive wines out there…
#1. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti
Average price: $19,702
Highest price: $558,000
Collectors refer to this luxe wine as “DRC,” a brand that routinely gets the highest prices for their bottles. These high-dollar wines originate from a small 4.5-acre winery known as Romanée-Conti. The estate is located in Burgundy, France and produces both red and white wines of the highest caliber.
#2. Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru
Average price: $19,702
Highest price: $551,314
People rave about the taste and smoothness of this wine – and it better be good considering how much one bottle will cost you! The Leroy family has been crafting exquisite wines since the eighteen-hundreds. Leroy utilizes biodynamic farming.
#3. CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1947
Highest price: $304,375
At the time this 6-liter bottle sold in 2010, it was the most expensive wine bottle ever purchased. At $304,375, that means each glass cost $7,609. Not only was it an incredibly aged vintage wine, but it was produced by the famous Saint-Emilion.
#4. Heidsieck 1907
Highest price: $275,000
Everyone loves a glass of bubbly, but what about champagne salvaged from a shipwreck? That’s where this bottle originated! In 1998, a Swedish ship that wrecked near the coast of Finland was discovered with 2000 bottles of 1907 Heidsieck still in tow. Some of these bottles sold for as much as $275,000.
The ship sunk back in 1916, while World War I was raging. The ship was on its way to the Imperial Court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia before a German submarine sunk it.
#5. CHÂTEAU LAFITE 1869
Highest price: $230,000
This bottle of wine fetched a pretty penny – in fact, the collector who purchased the bottle purchased three of the same bottles at the same time. Their total bill was $690,000!
The wines were estimated to be worth about $60,000 each, but this collector was willing to pay far more per bottle. The wine originated from a first-growth Bordeaux.
#6. Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese
Average price: $13,220
Highest price: $33,883
This is one of the most expensive white wines in the world; it is a Riesling from Germany, more specifically the Mosel region. It was produced by the famed Müller family, who has been developing delicious wines on their steep slate vineyards since the late seventeen-hundreds.
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