Most Expensive Red Wines

Red wine is regarded as an accessory to meat! Mario Lemieux, a popular wine collector, is considered to have said that. Over the centuries, the rates of some of the red wines have filched the glare of publicity. Keeping that in mind, have look at the most expensive red wines in the world.

Whether for the reason of an eminent label, a previous famous possessor, or just solely exceptional and extremely valued vintage, the red wines featuring on this list are certainly among the most extravagant liquid grips in the whole history. This isn’t a conclusive list undoubtedly, as the articles here may be sold differently.

1. Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 – $500,000

screaming eagle cabernet sauvignon

The Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 has secured the first spot on our list of the most expensive red wines in the world. It comes with a monstrous price tag of $500,000. This wine is, definitely, the Grand Royale when it comes to red wines.  It is remarkably striking and sensational.

2. Chateau Margaux 1787 – $500,000

chateau margaux

The Chateau Margaux is acknowledged as the costliest wine which was never sold. The opening price of this red wine was around $500,000. It was legitimated to be a part of the wine assortment of Thomas Jefferson. The Chateau Margaux 1787 was unintentionally shattered by a waiter. Insurers had to pay out around $225,000.

3. Chateau Lafite 1787 – $160,000

chateau lafite

The Chateau Lafite 1787 is ranked third on this list of the most expensive red wines around the globe. A bottle of it was allied with Thomas Jefferson, third President of the States. It was later vended to Malcolm Forbes in the year 1985 for a whopping price of $160,000.

4. Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 – $38,420

penfolds grange hermitage

This particular 1951 wine is considered to be the most expensive one in Australia. Only 20 bottles of this exclusive wine is in existence worldwide & that makes it a rare & special brand. A Wine collector in Adelaide bought one bottle at an auction house at a whopping price.

5. Cheval Blanc 1947 – $33,781

cheval blanc

The Classification of Saint-Emilion wine has awarded this particular wine as Class-A status, which is a privilege that this brand enjoys. In the year 2006, a 3 litre bottle was bought at a whopping price, making it rank in the expensive red wines ever sold.

6. Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1941 – $24,675

inglenook cabernet sauvignon

This variety is considered to be the best wine ever produced in Napa Valley. It has a dark, deep, vibrant flavour. Francis Ford Coppola owns this since 2004 & according to him – the violet and rose petal aroma that completes this amazingly well-preserved, robust wine.

7. Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 – $23,000

chateau mouton rothschild

This vintage wine has an average price of $16,992 for a 750 ml bottle. A jeroboam of this wine, was sold to a bidder at Sotheby’s New York in 2004. A decade earlier, a jeroboam of this fine wine was bought by an anonymous bidder at Christie’s, London at a whopping price.

8. Domaine de la Romanee Conti 1990 – $20,975

domaine de la romanee conti

In the year 1996, at Sotheby’s eight bottles of this exquisite wine were sold in an auction with a whopping price tag. This particular wine is produced from a small land parcel where the vines are almost 50 years old. This wine is known to be world’s finest Pinot Noir.

9. Petrus 1982 - $ 5,326

petrus red wine

This variety comes from the vineyard of Petrus, which extends almost across 28 acres & produces red wine entirely from Merlot grapes. The grapes are hand harvested & French oak barrels are used in the production process. A lot of care is taken to maintain the exclusive taste of this brand of wine.

10. Chateau Lafite 1865 – $4,650

chateau lafite 1865

This variety of wine, available in 750 ml bottles is almost 150 years old. At Sotheby’s auction in 2006, double magnum of this wine was sold at a record price. Light ruby colour with a touch of brown will blow your mind away for this wine.

11. Chateau Margaux 2009 Balthazar – $4,062

chateau margaux 2009 balthazar

This 2009 vintage wine can be aged for over a century, is reputed to be one of the best vintages ever produced by Château Margaux. Only six Balthazars have been produced. The 12 litre Balthazar is housed in an impressive case of oak and raised on steel legs symbolising the barrels resting in the Château Margaux cellars. To give a visual appeal to the Balthazar, it is engraved beautifully with gold by master craftsmen & eclipsed only by the quality of wine itself. 

Purchasing any of the red wines displayed on this list would, most certainly, declare us bankrupt. But, if you possess the money to splurge or the humor to acquire a really costly bottle then it should definitely be one from this list. However, there are a lot of mediators effecting the prices.

ByAnum Yoon

Anum Yoon is a writer and blogger with a passion for money management and a productive lifestyle. You can also find Anum on her personal blog.

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