What makes a bottle of wine cost $20 or more than $2,000? According to specialists, the price of a wine is defined by different factors: the winemaking process, the packing, the region it was produced, how it ages, are some details that are determinant for its the final price.
However, not everything is science. Marketing strategies are also essential and so is the amount of the production — the rarer the wine, the more expensive it gets. Therefore some winemakers prefer to release a limited amount of their wine every year.
Here are the most expensive wine bottles you can find.
10 Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc: $2,500-6,000
Screaming Eagle is a very exclusive wine label. Their vineyard is in Oakland, California and they only produce 500 cases of wine every year. That means that there are less than 10 thousand Screaming Eagle bottles on the market. Due to its limited production, it is considered very valuable.
The average price for a regular bottle is $2,500 and they are well known for its cabernet sauvignon. However, their sauvignon blanc production is even more limited and it costs at least $6,000, one of the most expensive wines in the world.
9 Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru: $10,000+
The Richebourg Grand Cru is a label created by Henri Jayer, who died in 2006. He is considered a man ahead of its time when it comes to wine. Jayer was completely against chemicals in the winemaking process.
Back on a time when producers aimed to produce as much as they could to have a higher profit, the entrepreneur went against the flow. Richebourg Grand Cru produced approximately 3,500 bottles per year. The limitation of the product made the prices increase.
The most expensive bottle is the Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru. Only 700 bottles of this wine are made per year and it can cost more than $10,000.
8 Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru: $7,500-16,800
Lalou Bize-Leroy is known for being the most powerful women in the wine business. She founded Domaine Leroy in 1988 and didn't take long until it became one of the favorite wines among specialists.
Their vineyard is in the Cote de Nuits, that has a reputation for excellent wines (including Richebourg Grand Cru, also in this list).
Leroy Grand Cru produces some of the most expensive wines in the world and one of them is the Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru. The average price for this bottle is $7,500, but the price can go up to $16,800.
7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru: $8,000-100,000
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is a famous vineyard, located in a village in France with the same same. Also known as DRC, this label is considered one of the best wines in the world and also one of the most expensive.
The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is especially famous for its white wine, but just 250 of this type of wine are released every year. This is one of the most desirable items for wine collectors. A bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru costs at least $8,000, but the prices go up to $100,000.
6 J.S. Terrantez Madeira: $8,600-9,500
This Portuguese wine produced on Madeira Island is one of the most desirable bottles of all times. And this reputation comes from a long time. The J.S. Terrantez Madeira was produced in 1805, the same year the American president Thomas Jefferson started his second presidential period.
This is a nearly extinct bottle and one of the oldest wines we can find in the market. More than the taste itself, which makes this wine valuable is the historical value behind it.
A bottle costs typically between $8,600 and $9,500.
5 Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru: $10,000-15,200
Unsurprisingly, this is another French brand on the list. The Domaine Leflaive is especially.known for its white wines, that are produced on their 13 acres of Grand Cru vineyards. The brand is a pioneer in biodynamic viticulture in Burgundy. This technique is used to cultivate the grapes based on natural phenomenons, such as terrestrial and lunar rhythms. The same philosophy is used in the whole process. This meticulous production makes this wine unique.
Domaine Leflaive also produces very affordable wines that cost less than $70 a bottle. But the biodynamic wines are produced at their 13-acre vineyard are way more expensive. A bottle of Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru starts at $10,000 and goes up to $15,200.
4 Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru: $13,000-25,200
Georges Roumier created his brand in 1924. It became a successful family business and the rest of his descendants followed his steps. After Roumier death in 1965, Jean-Marie (son) and Christophe Roumier (grandson) took the reigns of the company.
Today the brand has almost 30 acres of vineyards in the Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint-Denis, and Corton-Charlemagne regions of Burgundy. They have a great reputation among wine lovers.
Their most expensive bottle is the Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru, that costs approximately $13,000, but it can be also found by $25,200.
3 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese: $13,220-33,883
This is the only German label on this list. Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (good luck on trying to pronounce that), is the most expensive white wine produced in the Mosel region, Germany.
Egon Müller produces the wine, this brand is known for just using the Riesling grape, that grow in the Scharzhofberg vineyard.
They have some affordable labels. However, people who want this specific bottle on their collection have to be willing to pay a value that goes from $13,220 until $33,883.
2 Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru: $19,700-551,314
Another wine produced by Domaine Leroy. And this one makes the Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru looks like a bargain.
The Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru is also produced in a smaller scale but is also used the biodynamic farming. As we have seen, this method follows a different rhythm and is based on natural phenomenons and not on market demand.
It is possible to find a Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru for $19,700, but people are willing to pay $551,314 for it. This amount is enough to buy a house!
1 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru: $551,314
This is another wine produced by Domaine Romanée-Conti (DRC), one of the favorite wine producers among collectors. Because DRC produces it on a small scale and for a particular niche, willing to pay astronomical prices, each bottle costs a small fortune.
The Romanée-Conti, with 4.5 acres, is considered their best vineyard and is where the grapes used at the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru come from.
This was considered the most expensive wine in the world in 2018 and the bottles can cost up to $551,314