10 Most Expensive Wines in the World
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Purchasing any one of the bottles on our list would cause most of us to declare bankruptcy, but if you're in the mood to pay more for a solitary bottle than many people pay for two months' worth of rent, we would like to suggest one of the finer bottles of wine available on the market. Using Wine-searcher.com, we’ve compiled a list of average pre-tax retail prices of the world’s most expensive 750 ml bottles (vintages are not taken into consideration) to help you make your selection.
Evaluating the world’s most expensive wines is like drawing a bead on a moving target; in fact, these retail prices seem like a steal compared to some auction sales and limited edition wines. In 2010, Sotheby’s auctioned off a bottle of 1869 Château Lafite for a cool $233,972 in Hong Kong. In October 2013, Le Clos retailed a limited edition Balthazar of Château Margaux 2009 for $195,000 at the Dubai International Airport, claiming the title of most expensive bottle of red wine ever to be retailed. And in November 2013, Christie’s auctioned off a case of 1978 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru for $476,280 to a buyer in Asia. The price breaks down to $39,700 per bottle, or $4,900 per glass.[slideshow:
Our retail list is Burgundy-driven, with eight of the top 10 hailing from the iconic premium region. German Riesling holds two slots, and it’s only after the top 10 that the list diversifies slightly. Number 11 (average price $3,418) is Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Cuvée Cathelin, an Hermitage introduced in 1990 by the famed producer. Number 12 on the list (average price of $3,309) is the Taylor Fladgate Scion 1855, a rare and remarkable pre-phylloxera Vintage Tawny Port. Slot 16 is a nod to California Cult Cabs with Screaming Eagle (average price $2,746). Bordeaux makes an appearance at slots 14 and 18 with Petrus and Le Pin, respectively.
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