By Sarah Henderson on April 4 2014
Rare items in the world can retain their value even in the difficult times of war and financial crises. We can safely include wine into this exclusive list, as its worth surpasses all borders and cultural differences. A good bottle of wine is equally appreciated across the world which is why it is to no surprise that some of them are valued at a price that is far out of reach for at least the majority of the population. Here is a list of the most expensive wines ever sold.
Chateau Lafite 1787 ($160,000)
Supposedly belonging to one of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, this bottle of wine was sold at almost $160,000 to Malcolm Forbes in 1985. Whether or not it truly belonged to Thomas Jefferson is debatable and the absolute truth is yet to be discovered.
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 ($114,614)
$114,614 was paid for this 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild by an anonymous buyer. Considering it’s one of the best bottles of wine produced in the previous century, the price seems to be just right.
Chateau d'Yquem 1787 ($100,000)
If you happen to be in favor of white wines instead of reds, then you would probably feel very special if you were to be given a glass of the most expensive white wine ever sold. That’s right; at the price of $100,000 Chateau d'Yquem is considered the most expensive wine in its category.
Cheval Blanc 1947 ($135,125)
$135,125 is what you would have to pay to taste this three-liter bottle of Class A merlot.
Chateau Margaux 1787 ($225,000)
Supposedly another Thomas Jefferson wine, it was never actually sold. Unfortunately, it was accidentally knocked over and spilt, meaning no one ever tried it. Insurance covered $225,000, but can money replace the value of a Thomas Jefferson wine?
Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck ($275,000)
2000 bottles of this famous champagne were salvaged from a ship and sold all over the world for the price of about $275,000.
Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1941 ($24,675)
Not only is this particular wine delightful to taste, but it also belongs to Francis Ford Coppola who said himself it was one of the best wines he had ever tried. The price of $24,675 doesn’t sound too steep now, does it?
Krug 1928 ($21,200)
$21,200 really is nothing compared to some of the prices we’ve had on this list. When you know you would be drinking champagne originating from 1928, it would be like experiencing a bit of history with every sip!
Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 ($38,420)
This one was appraised at $38,420 which is not that much when you consider the fact there are only about 20 of them left till this day.
Romanee-Conti DRC 1990 ($28,112)
Each bottle is appraised at about $28,112 and the reason lies in the very expensive and slow production process. It takes full three Pinot Noir vines to come up with a single bottle of Romanee-Conti DRC 1990. Taking this into consideration, it doesn’t seem like much to pay almost $30,000 for a single bottle. Or does it?