The top most expensive wines in 2016 were made decades ago, four of them prior to 1950 including a bottle from the 1870s. You may be surprised to find that #1 on this list, is also the most recent.
#5 Chateau Margaux, $225,000
With an average bottle costing $1,500, Chateau Margaux is well known for their prestigious wines. In 1989 William Sokolin, a wine merchant was paid out $225,000 from insurance after dropping a bottle of 1875 Chateau Margaux Wine that originally belonged to Thomas Jefferson. The glass did not shatter but two holes appeared, lead to wine leaking all over the cellar floor.
#4 Chateau Lafite $232,692
In 2010, a rare wine from Chateau Lafite was put up for auction at the Sotheby’s auction house in China. Part of a 2000 bottle group from Lafite’s cellars, they were among the oldest bottles of wine in the auction. A vintage from 1869, the bottles had only been valued at $8,000 per bottle. Due to a bidding war that astounded even the auctioneers, the bottles were eventually sold for $232,692 each. The kicker is that they were all sold to the same person. The Anonymous Asian bidder paid just under a million dollars for the three bottles. Talk about not learning to share.
#3 1907 Heidsieck $275,000 per bottle
“Jönköping”, a Swedish freighter in WWI was sunk by a German U-boat and in 1997 it was raised from the gulf of Finland. Right under 1,000 drinkable bottles were recovered and distributed through auctions and several of the world’s most luxurious hotels. The bottles are still available for an average price of $275,000. For a much smaller cost you can try the 1996 edition ($120).
#2 1947 Cheval-Blanc $304,000
In 1947 Coeval-Blanc had a mishap with several vats that had yeast go bad, but the very few vats that made it, created one of the most renowned Bordeaux’s in the world. Bottles went for an average price of $12,00 but as the supply quickly disappeared the price shot up. A buyer from Geneva who is unknown to this day purchased a bottle for $304,000 at the Christies auction.
In 2008 a case was sold for $146,000 which is valued at $3.6 million.
#1 Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 $500,000
Sold only by an ultra-exclusive mailing list and rare auction, the Screaming Eagle is very rare for a 1990s vintage. 175 cases were produced in ’92 and even fewer after that. Bottles ran up to 6 liters in size so the thought was a very long-lasting vintage (if you didn’t rush). The last time a bottle was sold was a charity auction in 2000 were the bottle fetched half a million dollars. Very impressive for a wine under ten years old.
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