Most of us really enjoy a good bottle of wine. However, as much as we love a tipple, we wouldn’t consider paying much more than twenty quid for a decent bottle. In fact many of us would shudder at the thought of shelling out much more than a hundred pounds, let alone thousands. There are many wealthy people out there however who wouldn’t think twice about spending a huge amount of money on a great quality vintage. Here we look at the most expensive sold in history.
Screaming Eagle Cabernet
This 1992 red wine was sold at a charity auction in 2000 and reached the astronomical price of $500,000. Businessman Chase Bailey bought the 750ml bottle although some wonder whether the price is not a true reflection of its value due to the money being donated to charity. Maybe Bailey was just being very generous?
Chateau Lafite 1787
The famous man behind the publishing dynasty, Mr Malcolm Forbes treated himself to a bottle of Chateau Lafite 1787 way back in 1985 for an eye watering $160,000 – imagine how much that baby would be worth in today’s money! It had the initials Thj inscribed into it and is rumoured to have first belonged to President Thomas Jefferson.
A bottle of Chateau d’Yquem sold in 2006 for an amazing $100,000 was noted as quite unusual since it is the most expensive bottle of white ever sold. The vintage year was 1787 meaning that the anonymous buyer now had a piece of history to add to his wine cellar.
Another very old wine, this time a Massandra 1775, was sold at famous London auction house Sotheby’s back in 2001. Not strictly a wine, but a very old sherry, this certainly won’t be heading for the trifle any time soon.
Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951
This sale was for a bottle of Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 but the producers of this wine are considered far more important than the actual bottle of wine. Penfolds Grange Hermitage are known for producing the most expensive wine in the world and apparently there are only 20 bottles left in existence, this being one of them. It sold for $38,420 in 2004 to an Australian wine collector.
Cheval Blanc 1947
Sold in San Francisco in 2006 this wine had the special recognition of being one out of only two Saint-Emilion wines to have a class A rating. It is not known who bought the vintage Merlot but it cost them a pretty, $33,781 in fact.
Le Montrachet, DRC 1978
In 2001, half a case of Le Montrachet was sold for $23,929 a bottle at Sotheby’s. That’s over $100,000 in one go!
Romanée-Conti DRC 1990
Another vintage wine to be sold at Sotheby’s, six bottles of Romanée-Conti DRC 1990 was sold for $28,113 in 2006. The wine is extremely rare as the yield in that part of France is so low and so just one bottle of the stuff is quite a find.
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945
A bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 was sold at famous auctioneers Christies in 1997 for $23,000. This wine is one of the most sought after in the world and considered one of the best of the 20th century, hence the hefty price tag.
Screaming Eagle 1994
Funnily enough, three bottles of Screaming Eagle, the same producers of officially the most expansive wine on the list, sold for $3,833 a bottle at Christies in Los Angeles in 2000. Although expensive, it was a far cry from the $500,000 1992 vintage sold in the same year.
Author: Alfie Davenport is a wine enthusiast working for British Antique Replicas, producers of replica antique furniture.