Personally, I don’t believe that you have to spend a lot of money to have good wine. My dad, who prides himself in being a bit of a wine snob, came to dinner a few years ago and positively commented several times on a wine I had served him – a beautiful Chilean red. When I told him what it cost me, he nearly fell off his chair. It was a $4, and no, I am not a cheap skate, I just like to look for a bargain. Indeed, there are some amazing deals you can get on good wine.
Indeed,wine is the nectar of the gods, and some of us may believe we are rich and have more money than most. We would not hesitate to spend a lot of money on a good bottle of wine. Now we are talking about wines that cost more than our mortgages or even a Roman Abramovich yacht in some cases. However, if you ever wanted to indulge and cost is not a factor, enjoy the list of exclusive and extravagant wines below.
The bottle of wine that fetched the highest ever price was Chateau Lafite, 1787. Sold at $160,000 in Christie’s London in 1985. The wine was bought for Forbe’s collection. The specialty of the bottle is that it bears Thomas Jefferson’s initials etched on the glass.
Jeroboam Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 fetched the second highest price ever. The wine was considered to be one among the highly admired vintages of the 20th century. It was sold for a whopping $114,614 at Christie’s London in 1997.
The wine bottle of 1784 Chateau d’Yquem stands third. It was sold at Christie’s London in 1986 for an amazing sum of $56,588. This bottle also bears the initials of Thomas Jefferson.
Now comes the turn of the 1775 Sherry from the Massandra Collection, sold at Sotheby’s London in 2001. It fetched a price of $43,500. Massandra winery was highly admired in the Czarist Russia. Massandra’s cellar contains many bottles (close to a million) of both Russian and Western European wines. This Sherry was the oldest among the Western European variety.
At the fifth place stands a set of eight bottles of Romanée-Conti, DRC 1990. The set was sold for $224,900 (or $28,112 per bottle) at Sotheby’s London in 1996.
Sixth in line is Le Montrachet, DRC 1978. Seven bottles of it were sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2001 at $23,929 per bottle.
Romanée- Conti, DRC 1990 is in the seventh place. 6 magnums of the wine were sold at Zachy’s New York at $5,800 each.
At the eighth spot stands three bottles of Screaming Eagle 1994, sold at Christie’s Los Angeles in 2000. The price fetched was $3,833 per bottle.
Ninth in line is fifty cases (six hundred bottles) of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1982. The sale was made at Christie’s/Zachy’s New York in 1997 for an astonishing price of $420,000 ($700 per bottle).
Let us now come to the tenth wine of the day. Though this wine should have ranked first in terms of price, its value was somehow overshadowed as it was auctioned for charity. Imperial of Screaming Eagle Cab 1992 was sold at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000 for an astronomical sum of $500,000. The wine as purchased by Cisco Systems executive Chase Bailey. Though technically it had fetched the highest ever price, but much of its price has to be discounted as it was meant for charitable purposes.
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