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Top 20 Most Upscale Wines In The World

Are you a wine enthusiast or just curious to find out which among the wines cost the most in the market?

If you want to impress a very important guest or to plan to have an extra special celebration with some extra cash on hand, then adding one of these wines to your collection could be your best option.

But just a piece of warning…you need to spend at least $6,000 to attempt to buy one!

Here is the astounding list of the top 20 most expensive and luxurious wines all over the world…

20 Most Expensive Bottles Of Wine Globally

The following list of wines reported below came from compiled data gathered from various sources all over the Internet, including Finances Online and Beautiful Life. The list starts from the least expensive to the most pricey.

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#20: Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc – $5,850

This list will start with the fanciest bottle of Sauvignon Blanc in the market. You need to shell out $5,850 from your pocket to get a bottle of this fancy stuff.

The limited-edition wine comes from Oakville, California. It is a small town that lies between Rutherford and Yountville. Because of its minimal production annually, it may take you years before you can get into the winery’s ultra-exclusive mailing list.

#19: 1949 Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru – $5,921

The next bottle on the list is a wine produced for the wealthy. On average, there are only around 700 bottles of this expensive stuff produced every year.

Aside from its exquisite quality, this vintage wine gets its high value due to its post-world war charm. Its gives the wine an added historical character with a higher value.

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#18: Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru 1990 – $7,447

Another expensive bottle from the vineyards of Domaine Leroy is its Chambertin Grand Cru 1990. The grapes used to produce the wine comes from the Pinot Noir vineyards in some of the most exclusive vineyards in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits region.

Each bottle contains luxurious wines with the rich, deep scent of red cherries, plums, and spices. It is perfect for people with the most discerning taste.

#17: Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru 1990 – $11,720

Another rare wine makes it on the list of the most expensive bottles in the world. The vineyards of Le Musigny only comes up with 380 bottles of this vintage Pinot Noir every year.

Because of the hot temperature in the region, the grapes used in this wine comes with thicker skins and richer flavours. It is perfect to pair with duck or any game bird dishes.

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#16: Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese – $13,615

From the vineyards owned by German producer Egon Muller, the $13,615-worth of wine will impress even the most discriminating wine aficionado.

This wine is popular because of its unique floral notes. The taste and texture have a hint of lime syrup, providing a deep, powerful impact with every sip.

#15: Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru 2012 – $14,450

Domaine Leroy continues to dominate the list with another prominent and expensive wine. Described by wine lovers as magical and delectable, the $14,450 Grand Crus comes with a flowery taste and a notable gentle and silky texture.

Due to the hotter temperatures during the late parts of summer in 2012, this wine developed a robust taste that you cannot compare with other wines in the world.

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#14: Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 1990 – $21,200

Spending over $21,000 for a bottle of wine is not a small feat. But experts believe that it will be worth every cent.

The grapes produced by the Romance-Conti vineyard can create the purest, most luxurious bottles of Pinot noir that every wine drinkers would love to sip at least once in their lifetime.

#13: Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 – $38,000

The Australian winemaker enters the list though its extremely rare bottle. Since there are only 20 known bottles in existence, its rarity made it one of the most expensive wines in the world.

Wine drinkers consider the Hermitage as of the best wines that came from the Land Down Under. This particular variety has a predominant Shiraz taste with a subtle hint of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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#12: Chateau D’YQUEM – $117,000

Guinness World Record recognized a vintage bottle of this Premier Cru Superieur as the most expensive white wine sold in history.

The bottle, purchased by French sommelier Christian Vannaque in 2011, has an extravagant price tag because it was bottled in 1811. Plenty of wine connoisseurs believe that it was a great year for white wine because of the temperature at that time.

#11: Romane Conti 1945 – $123,900

Another ultra-expensive wine made a list because of its interesting history. According to reports, the iconic vineyards of Romanee Conti was ravished by the Phylloxera insect in 1946, which means that only 600 bottles made in 1945 existed in the world.

Regular bottles from the winemaker sell for $7,500. But the rare one sold at an auction reached $123,900 in 2007.

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#10: Cheval Blanc St-Emilion 1947 – $135,125 

Entering the top 10 spots of the most expensive bottles of wine in the world belongs to the very rare classification of wine that received the Class A status under the Saint-Emilio category.

Reports revealed that there are 110,000 bottles of this wine produced, but only a handful managed to survive. According to the best sommeliers, this particular Cheval Blanc St-Emilion 1947 comes with a highly sensual taste and an opulent texture.

#9: Henri Ayer, Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux 1999 – $136,955

Compared to the other entries on the list, this wine is a bargain since the buyer got an entire case of wine instead of a single bottle.

The whole case of Cros Parantoux was purchased at a Christie’s wine sale in Hong Kong for $136,955. Since it is made from the grapes harvested in the iconic Burgundy wine region, it surely has the best taste for every wine lovers.

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#8: Chateau Lafite 1787 – $156,450

Known as the most extravagant standard wine bottle in the world, legends claimed that this vintage bottle is taken from the cellar of Thomas Jefferson since the initials ThJ was etched into the glass of the bottle.

Legendary publisher Malcolm Forbes purchased this expensive wine in 1985.

#7: Penfolds Ampoule – $168,000

South Australia’s Penfolds winery may not have the same history as the other producers of expensive wines in the world. Still, its reputation and wine presentation made it very popular among all wine enthusiasts.

Enjoying this particular wine is already an experience in itself. Before you can get to pour the wine, you need to break off a tiny piece of wood after opening the glass.

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#6: Chateau Margaux 1787 – $225,000

This lavish wine bottle is already considered priceless. Reports also claimed that it also belonged to Thomas Jefferson’s expensive wine collection.

The owner originally placed a $500,000 value for this wine. However, a waiter accidentally knocked the vintage bottled over. The actual value was reduced to $225,000 since it was the amount paid by the insurers.

#5: Chateau Lafite 1869 – $230,000

Another controversial bottle made the most expensive wine list when it was presented in an auction in Hong Kong. The auctioneers only thought that the bottle would reach up to $8,000 during the auction. But to their surprise, an anonymous Asian bidder bid $230,000 for the bottle.

Since the Chateau Lafite 1869 is extremely rare in Asia, the wine fans in the region are willing to put a dent in their pockets to own one of the most expensive wines in the world.

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#4: Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck – $275,000

While most people believe that spending $275,000 is exorbitant, the unique and interesting story of this bottle can justify its high price.

According to history, ship carrying bottles of this wine was torpedoed by a submarine from Germany during the First World War in 1916. The ship sank to the bottom of the ocean and was only discovered after 80 years. Fortunately, 2,000 bottles of wine were saved from the shipwreck.

While you may no longer drink its contents, the price tag of its wine can let you hold a priceless piece of history.

#3: Cheval Blanc 1947 – $305,000

Dubbed as the best Bordeaux ever made, this luxurious bottle of wine was sold to an anonymous buyer at an auction for $303,375.

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The price tag can be justified by its exclusive Premiere Grand Crus Classe (A) rank distinction. The winemaker is also popular as one of the most regarded winemakers in the world.

#2: Jeroboam of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 – $310,000

This luxury item comes from the vineyards of the most opulent family in the world, which is why it comes with an extremely high price tag.

The label on the bottle has a symbol of the Allied forces’ victory during World War II. If you cannot afford to buy an entire bottle, you can try a glass for $8,651. It is a tempting deal for any wine drinkers with extra cash!

#1: Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 – $500,000

The most expensive bottle of wine in the world costs more than a regular home!

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For years, this cabernet ranked on the top of the most expensive wine list. It was finally sold in 2000 at a charity auction. Those who are rich enough to enjoy this wine will be treated to a strong aroma composed of blackcurrants. It also has a subtle hint of oak. Wine lovers would also love its distinct opaque purple hue.

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Riley is a finance, lifestyle, and entertainment writer living in San Diego. He received his bachelor's degree in Journalism and Multimedia from the University of Oregon. His work has been featured in many finance and lifestyle publications throughout the US. When he is not writing, Riley enjoys reading and hanging out at the beach with his dog.

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