Champagne has been associated with luxury for a very long time. That’s why many people these days pop open a bottle of it when they are celebrating a birthday, marriage, or something else very special that doesn’t happen every day.
Many years ago, champagne even took the place of certain religious rituals. When that happened, priests were no longer needed to christen ships, since champagne seemed good enough to do the job, and that’s probably why the beverage is usually seen at special events to this day.
Good champagne does not usually come cheap. Here are the most expensive bottles that exist today.
10 Shipwrecked Champagne – Approximately $14,181.81 Per Bottle
Lots of amazing things have been discovered in the remains of a shipwreck, and some of those things were a bunch of bottles of champagne that cost approximately $14,181.81 per bottle. In 2010, a team of divers in the Baltic sea literally took a dive into history when they discovered a shipwreck that contained a box full of bottles of champagne.
A few of them were 200 years old at the time, and they were still in great condition. The bottles were later sold at an auction. If bottles could talk, it would certainly be interesting to hear what stories these bottles would tell.
9 1990 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millennium Cuvee Methuselah - $18,800
1990 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millennium Cuvee Methuselah appears to be pretty tasty, but its’ size is part of the reason why it is worth $18,800. There are normal bottles of champagne, but this one is something else entirely.
This champagne is rather large. The bottle is nearly as big as eight standard bottles of champagne.
Another thing this kind of champagne has going for it is the fact that it is not very easy to find. There are only 2,000 other bottles that are similar to this one around the world. Being able to bring one of these bottles home is a seriously big achievement.
8 1928 Krug - $21,200
Some things happen by pure luck, and that is the case for the 1928 bottle of Krug champagne, which is worth $21,200. This champagne was the result of a particularly great summer, as well as a very fruitful harvest that year.
There are lots of reasons why this particular champagne is as expensive as it is. Some believe it was King George VI’s favorite kind of champagne, which certainly makes it seem quite special.
Marketing played a role here as well, of course. Given its history, this was once the most expensive bottle of champagne in the world. It might not hold that title anymore, but it is still very expensive nonetheless.
7 1841 Veuve Clicquot - $34,000
The shipwreck that was mentioned earlier shined a spotlight on a few great bottles of champagne, including $34,000 Veuve Clicquot that was made in 1841. Apparently, chilling champagne in the ocean is not as ridiculous as it sounds, since that is what kept these bottles in the great condition that they are in these days.
This champagne was located 160 feet below the surface of the water, which means that they were kept in ideal conditions, since things tend to be pretty cool down there. Lots of historical events have taken place in the world of champagne, but this is definitely one of the most interesting ones.
6 1959 Dom Perignon - $42,350
All Dom Perignon champagnes are pretty expensive, but these brought in a lot more money than the others have, since they seem to be worth $42,350. The reason why 1959 Dom Perignon champagne is so expensive is because it is quite rare, which means people are a bit lucky when they come across one of these bottles.
Two of these bottles were sold at an auction. The person who ended up buying them paid a whopping $84,700. That seems like a very steep price, but when one considers the fact that the winner walked away with two bottles, that price tag does not seem quite as heavy.
5 1820 Juglar Cuvee - $43,500
The shipwreck that was discovered in the Baltic sea in 2010 also contained Juglar Cuvee champagne from the year 1820, which is worth $43,500. This champagne is incredibly special since it is such a rare find.
The reason why these bottles are hardly ever seen is because the House of Juglar did not exist after the 1840s, which is a big part of the reason why 1820 Juglar Cuvee is definitely something any champagne collector would never pass up, should they have the chance to purchase it. Another thing that adds to the uniqueness of these bottles is the fact that there are barnacles encrusted on them since they were at the bottom of the ocean for so long.
4 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah - $49,000
Only thirty-six bottles of 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah were made, which is why those bottles are worth $49,000. But allegedly, the taste alone is so good that it would be worth that kind of price even if it was not such a rare thing to find.
This champagne has a very unique, bold taste to it. If luxury were a drink, it would probably be this one. This bottle of champagne is gold-plated, and it is a little on the spicy side. Those who drink it might also detect a hint of vanilla as well, which does a great job of complimenting the more obvious flavors.
3 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter - $90,000
The 2011 Armand de Brignac bottles of champagne cost $90,000, so they are definitely not easy on the pocketbook. They are much more expensive than other bottles of champagne for a couple of reasons, one of which is that the bottle is pretty big, thus making it great for parties and other special occasions that involve large crowds.
Another reason why this champagne costs so much is because the people who produced it are well-known within the industry because of their quality products. Any person who collects champagne is likely to know who the Cattier family is, since they make awesome champagne.
2 2013 Armand de Brignac Rosé 30-Liter Midas - $275,000
The 15-liter bottle of champagne might have seemed huge, but that is nothing compared to the 30-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac Rosé, which costs $275,000. When one looks at this bottle, they probably won’t be too surprised when they find out how much it costs, since it looks quite expensive.
This bottle is the size of some very small people. It stands at approximately four feet tall, and it weighs about 100 pounds. It contains the same amount of champagne as 40 standard champagne bottles do, and everything on the bottle was done by hand. This bottle is covered in pink gold.
1 2013 Taste Of Diamonds - $2.07 Million
The 2013 Taste of Diamonds is the most expensive bottle of champagne in the world, and it costs a breath-taking $2.07 million. The design of the bottle is the reason why this champagne is so expensive.
The front of the bottle features a real diamond, and the large size of the diamond makes it that much more impressive. This champagne just screams luxury, since there are probably very few people who can afford to buy it.
The taste of it seems pretty good as well. The texture of the beverage is rather creamy, and it has a floral taste to it.