Top 10 Most Expensive Wines in the World

Posted on2021-03-19

What determines the price of a bottle of wine?

There are several common factors when talking about the price of a wine, production costs, its packaging, its demand, etc...

But when we talk about the select group of the most expensive wines in the world, other factors come into play, such as its price, its quality, its quality and its price.

In this post we will focus on those wines whose characteristics make them legendary wines and we will look at an average price, not at the price of a particular vintage or at limited editions of bottles full of diamonds.

Which are their regions of origin?

It is worth noting from this list their geographical concentration, as 3 of them are German wines from Moselle and the remaining 7 are wines from Burgundy, more specifically 5 from the Cote de nuits and 2 from the cote Beaune, both areas located in the cote d'Or which comprises the heart of French Burgundy.

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Which grapes are involved?

On the other hand, it is striking that this list is made up of 10 single-varietal wines and only 3 grape varieties are included in such a select classification.

  • 5 single varietals of Pinot Noir
  • 3 single-varietal Riesling
  • 2 single-varietal Chardonnay

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And the 10 Most Expensive Wines in the World are....

10º - Leroy Domaine d'Auvenay Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy,France

Average Price - Euros: 3,341 € - USD: $3,943

Variety of Grapes: Pinot Noir

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9º - Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Goldkapsel, Moselle, Germany

Average Price - Euros: €3,328 - USD: $3,928

Variety of Grapes: Riesling

riesling

8º - Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France

Average Price - Euros: €3,726 - USD: $4,397

Variety of Grapes: Pinot Noir

7º - Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel, Germany

Average Price - Euro: 4.250 € - USD: $5,015

Variety of Grapes: Riesling

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6º - Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France

Average Price - Euros: 4,845 € - USD: $5,718

Variety of Grapes: Chardonnay

montrachet

5º - Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France

Average Price - Euros: 6,105 € - USD: $7,204

Varietal Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir

On average 340 bottles and a dozen magnums of this Musigny Grand Cru are made from a small parcel of pinot noir planted in 1905.

4º - Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France

Average Price - Euro: €6,689 - USD: $7,894

Varietal Grape Varietal: Chardonnay

The Montrachet appellation is a grand cru vineyard located south of the Côte de Beaune and is considered to be the best in the world for the chardonnay variety.

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3º - Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy France

Average Price - Euros: 7.133 € - USD: $8,417

Variety of Grapes: Pinot Noir

Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru though also makes a range of wines from some other prestigious micro-vineyards such as Chambolle-Musigny, Volnays-Santenots, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosnes-Romanée, Richebourg and Clos-Vougeot, all of them fully biodynamic

2º - Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Moselle, Germany

Average Price - Euro: 9.017 € - USD: $10,641

Variety of Grapes: Riesling

White wine made by Egon Muller, in the famous Scharzhofberg vineyard, within the vast Moselle region, known for its intense Riesling wines. 

This Trockenbeerenauslese is a sweet, concentrated wine, vinified from a strict selection of grapes fully raisined and dehydrated by botrytis rot, and its production is limited to a few hundred bottles. 

1º - Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy France

Average Price - Euros: 13.526 € - USD: $15.961

Variety of Grapes: Pinot Noir

Comes from a 1.8 hectare vineyard with 60 year old vines and an average of 5,500 bottles are made per vintage

Its average price is almost $16,600, although its maximum price has reached $87,500. Many consider the classic Vosne-Romanée wine made from pinot noir to have the perfect balance of weight, structure, elegance and longevity. 

Tasting notes often refer to a combination of tart red fruits (particularly cherries and raspberries) and darker elements of undergrowth, liquorice and smoke.

But... What is the highest price a single bottle has ever fetched in history?

So far we have been talking about the most expensive wines according to characteristics that are repeated over the years.

Here also appears Romanee-Contiand we travel back in time to the vintage of 1945, right at the end of the Second World War, when only 600 bottles were produced. And 1945 was the last vintage before the replanting of this mythical vineyard. We had to wait until 1952 to enjoy the next vintage.

Two of them were auctioned at Sothebys auction house in New York on 13 October 2018, with the first one fetching a record-breaking $558,000 (502. 075 €) to date.

Did you imagine a wine could reach this price? 

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