10 Most Expensive Wines
Any of us wine drinkers may enjoy a bottle or two during diner or social gatherings, but most likely we aren't trying to buy the ten most expensive wines. Popularity and competitive wine collectors drove up the price of these ten prestigious bottles. The most expensive wines that will be referred to fetched incredible sums at auctions and store locations. Let's take a look at the ten most expensive wines, the prices they were acquired for, and some of the specifics that made them different.
- Chateau Lafite 1787. Believe it or not, this highly sought-after bottle of expensive wine was purchased by Forbes for $160,000, the largest sum ever. The past American president, Thomas Jefferson's initials are carved onto the bottle.
- Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945. In 1997, at Christie's London, this bottle of very expensive wine sold for $114,614. At the time, it was considered one of the finest vintages of the 20th century.
- Chateau d Yquem 1784. The third highest selling wine bottle was also sold at Christie's London, eleven years earlier in 1986, for the incredible amount of $56,588. Much like the Chateau Lafite 1787 that is ranked first, this bottle also bares the initials of Thomas Jefferson are etched into the bottle.
- Massandra Sherry. There must be a strong desire for expensive wines in London - this Sherry sold at Sotheby's London in 2001 for $43,500. This particular Sherry was the oldest Western European wine in the entire Massandra wine cellar - containing close to a million bottles at that point.
- Romanee Conti. Once again, Sotheby's London claimed this bottle in a set of eight, at $28,112 a bottle, This total purchase of $224,900 was made back in 1996.
- Le Montrachet. An extensive seven-bottle purchase was made at Sotheby's New York in 2001 of this particular wine. These expensive wine bottles came to $23,929 a piece.
- Romanée-ContiDRC 1990. Now we finally enter the four digit wine purchase sums. Six magnums (1.5 liters) of this wine vintage were sold for $5,800 at Zachy's New York.
- Screaming Eagle 1994. Over on the west coast of the United States, in California, Christie's Los Angeles sold this wine for $3,833 a bottle. The sale included a total of three bottles.
- Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982. Now we enter the under a thousand dollar realm. In 1997 Christie's and Zachy's in New York sold a total of fifty cases (600 bottles) of this rather expensive wine for $700 a bottle, for a total of $420,000.
- Screaming Eagle Cab 1992. Technically, this wine should be considered the highest selling wine, being that it was sold for $500,000. But it was sold at a charity auction at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000, and the bulk of this half a million dollars was all donated, only really earning the Napa Valley Wine Auction less than $700 for it.