Many of us drink wine regularly, whether it is a weekend delicacy or straight from the box in our fridge. It doesn't matter how or why we drink it because we generally just enjoy the taste. It is a sophisticated drink that we can swirl in our glasses, but some bottles are a bit out of our price range by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
We have found the most expensive wines ever sold in the world and you might be shocked by some of the prices. A few of these bottles are hundreds of years old, while others are less than ten. Keep reading to learn more about the ten most expensive bottles of wine.
10 Chateau Lafite 1787 – $156,450
This bottle might not seem particularly special, besides the fact that it is over two hundred years old, but it holds its own piece of history. This bottle, in particular, is speculated to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson himself who personally bought it in France. There is a Th. J. etched beneath the label for his initials, but its authenticity is still questionable. It was last sold in London to be a part of a collection since it is no longer drinkable after sitting for so many years.
9 Ampoule From Penfolds 2012 – $168,000
This was a limited-edition release of a 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. The cost comes into play when you look at the case holding this prized wine. The entire piece was designed to focus on the artistry and science behind the creation of wine. The company only released twelve of these handmade vessels and the wine itself is said to have dark chocolate and licorice aromas. It expires in 2030, but who would want to drink it when it looks this good in its case?
8 Chateau Margaux 1787 – $225,000
This was another bottle thought to be owned by Thomas Jefferson himself, as it carries the same inscription as the Chateau Lafite. This bottle is only valued at this price because it was smashed during a dinner party. It was initially valued at only $160,000 but the owner had it insured for $225,000, which is the reasoning why it's so high on our list. It might no longer be on the market or even attainable, but it has forever been granted a place in history due to this unfortunate event.
7 Chateau Lafite 1869 – $230,000
There were several bottles of this rare wine that were sold at an auction in Hong Kong for $230,000 a bottle. This wine is prized because it was the first vintage created under Baron James de Rothschild and is said to have a cherry flavor. It is impressive that this bottle has lasted so long, despite the years it has spent sitting in cellars across the world, and it is a testament to its workmanship. We are unsure if we would try a wine this old, but we do know it would be hard for us to drop this much cash on a single bottle.
6 Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck – $275,000
This bottle sat at the bottom of the ocean for about thirty years after the Swedish ship carrying the spirits was sunk by a German U-boat. The ship was discovered in 1997, but the bottles were kept in pristine condition due to the temperature and pressure of the water. They were brought to the surface in 1997 and less than two thousand bottles were recovered, but the story behind it is what gives it the high price tag. The taste is said to be very citrusy and it is recommended that anyone who has the chance should take a sip of this phenomenal wine.
5 Armand de Brignac Rose 2013 - $275,000
This bottle is so expensive because of its size, which contains thirty liters of wine for consumers to enjoy. This adds up to forty standard bottles, and the bottle itself weighed over one hundred pounds and was about four feet tall. It can be bought at the Hakksan's MGM Grand Outpost in Las Vegas and limited numbers of this wine were created. The bottle itself was created by eight workers who constructed it by hand. The first bottle was uncorked in 2013 in honor of its production.
4 1947 Cheval Blanc – $304,375
There were a total of 110,000 bottles of this wine produced in 1947 and it is said to be one of the most tasteful wines ever produced in the twentieth century. It is described as porty and rich, which is out of character for this company, but it was loved by connoisseurs of the craft. It was a daring attempt to make something outstanding, which is why this aged bottle has fetched such high prices even today.
3 Jeroboam Of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 – $310,700
There were over 70,000 bottles of this wine produced, but only 24 of them were considered Jeroboams. This vintage was produced shortly after the end of World War II, which brought in a new era of change in all aspects of society. This wine was of high quality and those who drank it could taste the victory. It has been described as exotic, with hints of tobacco and creamy fruit that give it flavor and texture. This wine was made to last and is definitely a crowd-pleaser despite the dent in the patron's wallet.
2 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 – $500,000
This was a six-liter bottle and only fetched this high price because it was being sold at the 2000 Napa Valley Wine Auction. All of the proceeds went directly to the charity, so many lists choose to leave this out of the ranking, but generally, you can pick up a bottle for less than $10,000. It is obvious that whoever bought this bottle felt strongly about the charity and wanted to be a philanthropist that evening, as any sane person would never spend that much on a single bottle.
1 Taste Of Diamonds 2013 - $1.8 Million
This sparkling wine was created by Alexander Amosu and contains a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Grand Cru Chardonnay. The price is not for the wine, but rather the bottle itself, which is made from 18-carat gold and 19-carat white diamonds. There is nothing else like it on the planet, but take away the bottle and the wine itself would only cost a mere $200. You might be wondering why people buy it, but the limited-edition bottle makes it desirable to collectors all over the world.