Saturday 25 November 2017

World's most expensive wine

1. 1787 Chateau Lafite (pictured, from the estate of Thomas Jefferson) Bought in 1985 by Christopher Forbes for stg£105,000 (€127,700). Undoubtedly undrinkable, this expensive vinegar was bought as a piece of Jefferson memorabilia, not as a bottle of wine. It's now in the Forbes Collection in New York.

2. 1787 Chateau d'Yquem Sold in February 2006 by the Antique Wine Company in London for stg£55,000 (€66,900).

3. 1951 Penfolds Grange Hermitage Sold for Aus$50,200 (€35,000) in 2004. The wine that put Aussie Shiraz on the map.

4. 1947 Cheval Blanc Bought for US$135,125 (€104,900) in 2006 for a three-litre bottle. That works out at $33,781.25 (€26,200) for a normal-sized bottle.

5. 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild A six-magnum case sold for US$345,000 (€267,700) at Christie's in LA in 2006. That's $28,750 (€22,300) per bottle.

6. 1978 Montrachet Domaine de la Romanee Conti Went for US$23,929 (€18,500) a bottle in 2001 at Sotheby's in New York.

7. 1934 DRC Romanee Conti Hart Davis Hart Fetched US$20,145 (€15,600) per bottle in Chicago in June 2006. There were only three vintages of this wine ever made: 1934, 1999 and 2002.

8. 1941 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Went for US$24,675 (€19,100) per bottle in the October 2004 auction at Zachys in LA. What did it taste like? "It was one of the best I'd ever had," said movie director Francis Ford Coppola. "There is a signature violet and rose petal aroma that completes this amazingly well-preserved, robust wine that had just finished fermentation at the time of Pearl Harbour."

9. 2003 Romanee Conti In the better shops at €3,600 a bottle.

10. 2005 Chateau Petrus You'd pick it up for €2,500 a bottle. Said to be Michael Smurfit's favourite.

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