Article originally published on May 4, 2017
For wine connoisseurs, the charm lies in being ready to gather a distinct group of wines made from several grape varieties, regions and vintages. There is a certain luxury in getting different bottles, some of which are unique and very estimable. For some oenophiles, their compilation consists of popular wine labels. For others who can afford to experience one-of-a-kind varieties, collecting these bottles comes with a four-figure cost tag. Here’s a peek at some of the most expensive wine bottles currently on the market.
Cheval Blanc St-Emilion 1947
This world-class vintage wine is one of only two wines that have ever been granted Class A status in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine. As far as we know, just 110,000 bottles were produced and only a few have managed to survive. Considered by the best sommeliers in the world as the finest Cheval Blanc in the twentieth century, the Cheval Blanc St-Emilion 1947 has a sensual flavour and luxurious texture.
Henri Jayer, Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 1999
Cros Parantoux is a premier cru situated in Vosne-Romanée and is now one of the most celebrated wines in all of Burgundy. Whether this is because of the worldwide celebrity of Henri Jayer, or whether the quality of this site made the reputation of Henri Jayer is difficult to say but either way, is has been an extraordinary marriage for more than 50 years now. As a result Cros Parantoux is on almost everyone’s very short list of premiers crus that merit validation to grand cru status.
Chateau Lafite 1787
Dubbed as the most expensive “standard” bottle of wine in the world, the vintage Chateau Lafite 1787 is thought to be from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar! This theory comes from his initials (ThJ) being etched into the glass and his well-known love and passion for wine. The Chateau Lafite 1787 was purchased by publisher tycoon Malcolm Forbes in 1985, and is one of the most expensive wines in the world!
Ampoule from Penfolds
Released by South Australia’s most famous winery, Penfolds, the wine does not have much of history, instead, it relies on the experience, presentation and reputation of the brand. Tasting the wine is meant to be an experience in itself, as you have to break off a small piece of wood before you even begin to get to the wine.
Chateau Margaux 1787
This bottle of wine can no longer be bought by any amount of money. Unfortunately, it was knocked over by a waiter during a Margaux dinner in a Four Season Hotel. It was said to be the most expensive wine unsold and is thought to be another bottle from Jefferson’s collection. It is so exclusive that we couldn’t even find a picture of it!
Chateau Lafite 1869
This bottle of wine caused quite a stir when it went up for auction in Hong Kong. Auctioneers only anticipated it to reach a respectful $8,000, however, to their surprise, an anonymous bidder from Asia claimed the highest bid – $230,000. In Asia, the Chateau Lafite 1869 is considered by many to be extremely rare, so bidders were willing to pay big money to secure one of the worlds most expensive wines.
Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck
In 1916, a ship carrying the wine was torpedoed by a German submarine in the First World War, causing it to sink to the bottom of the ocean for over 80 years. The wreckage was discovered in 1997 and 2,000 bottles were saved. So, even if you can’t drink it, for the right amount you get an incredible piece of history and a fantastic story to tell at dinner parties.
Cheval Blanc 1947
Being the recipient of the exclusive Premier Grand Cru Classe (A) rank in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine in 2012, Chateau Cheval Blanc is well regarded as one of the most prestigious winemakers in the world!
Jeroboam of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild
Originating from the vineyards of the richest family on earth, it’s no surprise that this bottle of wine has such an outrageous price tag. With symbolism on the label indicating the victory of the Allied forces in the Second World War, the wine is said to be one of the best vintages of the last 100 years.
Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992
Over the years the cabernet has topped several of the worlds most expensive wine lists. It eventually sold at a charity auction in 2000. The wine is aged in 60% new oak and has an aroma of blackcurrants, a subtle trace of oak and an opaque purple appearance.