Today we bring you a small but juicy list of the most expensive red wines in the world. Exclusive brands and exquisite flavors mark the price to pay for the perfect wine to fit your luxury lifestyle and we are here to give you the best options. From Bordeaux to Napa Valley, the art of producing wine is being more and more respected and appreciated as it should be.
5. Cheval Blanc 1947 St-Emilion (Bordeaux, France) $135 125
This vintage is one of the only two wines granted Class A status in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine. The three-liter bottle was bought in 2006 at Vinfolio in San Francisco for the record-worthy price. This was a limited edition wine, with only 110,000 bottles being produced and just a few survived to this day. The blend is 50:50 Cabernet Franc and Merlot, some of the most luxurious high-end brands of wine. It is considered by sommeliers as the finest Cheval Blanc in the twentieth century, exuding rich, volatile acidity with lush texture and a sensual flavor. The harvest year was marked by hot weather with temperatures soaring to 35 degrees Celsius, yielding generous crops with high natural sugar levels.
4. Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 $38 420
The most expensive wine from Australia, Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 set the record when a wine collector in May 2004 bought it in an auction at MW Wines in Adelaide, South Australia. Only twenty bottles are known in existence. The wine is predominantly Shiraz with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and regarded as one of Australia’s finest wines.
3. Chateau Lafite 1787 $156 450
The most expensive standard bottle of wine, this vintage is believed to be from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar. A ThJ initials are etched in the glass. The third president and one of the founding fathers was an ambassador to France and he’s said to spend much time visiting the Bordeaux and Burgundy vineyards for his wine collection. Some experts are skeptical of the 1787 story though, but that didn’t bother the publisher tycoon Malcom Forbes, who bought it in 1985.
2. Chateau Margaux 1787 $225 000
Said to be the most expensive wine unsold, it’s another collection from Jefferson. No money can buy this now; a waiter knocked it over during a Margaux dinner at the Four Season Hotel. Talk about spoiling centuries of waiting and speculating. The owner, New York wine merchant, William Sokolin valued it at $500,000, a price that had since been devalued to “just” $225,000, the amount paid by insurers for the spilled wine.
1. Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 $500 000
The most expensive red wine still belongs to this vintage, a surprisingly young wine, a six-liter bottle of Cabernet from Napa Valley. The wine arguably won by technicality when it fetched for charity the record-smashing price at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000. Still, this bottle is for keeps and now worth its price for topping many most expensive wine lists over the years and gaining the world’s attention in the process.