We all know that older the wine, the better it gets, and only a true wine connoisseur knows the value of an older wine. Vintage wines are chosen from some of the most exceptional vineyards and may sell for thousands of dollars per bottle. Some of the rare and super-expensive wines may not even be drinkable at all, but it is a delight for vintage liquor collectors and becomes more of a trophy piece. Some of the rarest bottles in the world lie in collector's cellars and some pass through well-known auction houses. So, for the avid wine collectors, below is the list of 10 most expensive wines.
1. D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme liquor
Price: $44 million
World’s most expensive wine that is created in association with Liverpool-based Stuart Hughes and Italian distillery Antica Distilleria Russo is called D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme. The flawless design of the bottle that is adorned with three single cut diamonds (13 carats) on the neck has made it one of the most expensive wines in the world. One of the rarest diamonds is set on the body of the bottle that alone weighs 18.5 carats and the bottle costs whooping $ 44 million.
2. Isabella’s Islay
Price: $6.2 million
The company behind the world’s most expensive non- alcoholic drink Ruwa has come up with Isabella’s Islay, is one of the world’s most luxurious whisky that is available in two editions. Each bottle of the drink is handcrafted and is encrusted with beautiful and dazzling 8500 diamonds, almost 300 rubies. The bottle is completely covered with very old single malt cask strength Islay whisky inside and English Crystal decanter. Each Isabella’s Islay costs $6.2 million and the bottle is also available in special edition that retails for $740,000 and is encrusted with gold and diamond lettering.
3. Chambord by Donald Edge
Price: $3 million
Designed by renowned jeweler Donald Edge, the bottle is one of the most expensive sprits containers that was unveiled by the prominent fashion designer Betsey Johnson at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The bottle is bejeweled with 1,100 brilliant, princess and pear cut diamonds as well as a single emerald cut diamond. the proceedings from this brilliant bottle will help in raising funds and awareness of breast cancer.
4. Master of Malt
Price: $1.4 million
105-Year-Old wine has set a new record of being one of the finest wines in the world. The wine is produced by the well known company Malt whiskey and was discovered by Scottish historian. The hard fetched whiskey was distilled on February 17, 1906 at the Aisla T’Orten distillery in the Highlands. The cask that was used was a sherry butt and was kept in the basement for about a century by Aberdeen-based historian, Allie Sisell. It was sold to Master of Malt in 2010 by Mr. Sisell and was bottled on March 8, 2011 after it spent 105 years in cask. That is the reason this exclusive drink is worth $1.4 million.
5. 1992 Screaming Eagle Wine
Price: Price: $500,000
1992 Screaming Eagle Wine that has a beautiful opaque purple color with elegant fruity flavors that linger in the mouth for hours. This exclusive wine was sold at a charity event called Auction Napa Valley 2008 and fetched a whopping $500,000! Although it is one of the most expensive wines ever sold but, later some of the price was discounted as it was meant for the charity purpose. The wine was purchased byCisco Systems executive Chase Bailey.
6. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947
Next in the list is Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 that has been given A class status in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine. The exclusive colossal Cheval Blanc 1947 has set a record of single bottle sold at an auction. According to the Christie's wine expert, Michael Ganne, this is the only known bottle in the Imperial format and can be kept for another 50 years without any problem. One of the greatest Bordeaux of all time the bottle was owned by an anonymous Swiss collector. The wine was sold at an auction at Christie's in Geneva and was sold for $304,580.
7. Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck
The Shipwrecked 1907 wine is 100 year old wine obtained from the Heidsieck vineyard and took over eighty years to reach its destination. Over 200 bottles were shipped to Russian Imperial family in 1916 and got lost in the sea and was discovered in 1997 by a ship driver. Finally, the old wines are being sold to the wealthy guests at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow. Each Heidsieck bottle costs whooping $275,000.
8. Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1869
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong ballroom witnessed a new record for auction of wine when three bottles of 1869 Chateau Lafite Rothschild went for sale and set a record of most expensive bottle of wine sold at auction. The fact that made the bottles rare was they came directly from the Chateau Lafite's cellars and were the oldest wines in the auction and costs $232,692 each.
9. Chateau Lafite 1787
Originally bought by Thomas Jefferson in France, the 1787 Chateau Lafite is amongst the finest wine that is turned into vinegar which is a natural happening. Coveted by the true connoisseur Chateau Lafite 1787 was sold in London for collection purpose as it is not drinkable and fetched a good some of $160,000.
10. 1945 Romanée Conti
1945 Romanée Conti got a special place in the Christie’s fine-wine auction in Geneva and this exclusive wine was sold in a record breaking amount. This rare wine was produced during the World War II before the outbreak of phylloxera and only 600 bottles were created. The bidder was a collector form U.S who paid whooping $123,900 for one fine bottle.
11. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945
Price: $ 114,614
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 a wine that was highly admired by vintages of the 20th century. Jeroboam features the first artist-labeled Mouton Rothschild by Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The buyer of this rare vintage drink is unknown and the label is most notable for its “V” for victory, indicating the end of the Second World War. This fine wine fetched massive amount of $114,614.
12. 1865 vintage Château Lafite
1865 vintage Château Lafite, the vintage wine originally belonged to Massachusetts and Florida-based businessman Russell H. Frye, who has a record of collecting more than 8,500 bottles of wine over the last 10 to 15 years. The vintage wine was purchased by a European private collector over the telephone at an average price of $4,650 a glass.
13. Chateau d’Yquem 1787
The special vintage wine is purchased by a US based collector of fine wines is the one of the world’s most expensive white wine bottle ever sold. Antique wine company that is based in London has sold 1787 vintage Sauternes from Chateau Yquem. The sweet wine that takes centuries to mature is made in Bordeaux from completely shriveled up and was collected by US based collector of fine wines.
1811 Château d’Yquem
Price : $123,000
A true wine connoisseur knows the value of an age old wine, as they say “older it is, better it gets”. Classic wines are chosen from some of the brilliant vineyards and may sell for thousands of dollars per bottle, and for someone who understands the value of that bottle, never minds spending a fortune on it. So, for true wine lovers world’s most expensive wine has been sold for $123,000 (£75,000).A 200 year old of 1811 Château d’Yquem was sold by The Antique Wine Company, London to a private collector Christian Vanneque. The buyer intends to exhibit this most expensive wine in his restaurant in Bali in a bullet-proof, temperature-controlled showcase. The special wine has a history of collecting 100 points from the respected wine critic Robert Parker. The wine was under supervision and vigilance and had undergone many tests on authenticity, including tests on the corks, capsule and the color of the bottle.According to the proud owner of the wine, "This wine is very special – it is attached to the most renowned white wine in the world, and it was produced in the year of the Great Comet, which was believed to enhance the quality of the wine," It is a rare wine, which been tasted on three occasions and each time received five out of five stars, It was not just purchased as an investment - it is also going to be an enjoyment."
Pétrus Vintage 1961
The older the wine the better it gets. Well, the saying goes true with those who are ready to splurge millions to possess the best wines in the world. Last week, one such lot of old wines went up for sale at Christie’s New York. The 1961 Pétrus that was expected to fetch $50,000 to $90,000 finally went up for sale at $144,000. This Pétrus lot has set a world record for being the most expensive Petrus wine4s ever sold at auction. The auction was held on 29 October and has reportedly fetched around $2,105,340 from the complete sale.Despite facing the dark clouds of recession and a decline in world economy, the wines at the auction were sold for much higher prices than the pre sale estimations. The entire lot of Petrus wine was sold at 150% above the estimate which shows that rich wine connoisseurs are all set for festive season. Apart from the top lot, 11 bottles of 1961 Pétrus was sold for $90,000 to a European buyer. Another case of Lafite 1982 was sold to an Asian collector for $50,400.Wine specialist with Christie’s Americas Charles Antin said, "The sale of fine and rare wines at Christie’s New York this past weekend has once again demonstrated the extraordinary strength of the wine auction market, with the sale realising over $2 million. Leading the sale was a 12 bottle lot of the 1961 Pétrus, which realised $144,000 – the highest price on record for a case of Pétrus at auction."Earlier, a dozen of Pétrus vintage 1961 bottles were sold at Christie’s. The estimated price of this lot was $35,002 - $44,548 and fetched $37,604. The tasting note of the bottle said, "Deservedly one of the consistently brilliant super stars of the saleroom. Deep, full, fleshy with silky Pomerol texture; packed with fruit and generosity.”