The World’s Most Expensive Wines

Wine is already a favorite drink of the early civilization, dating back as early as 4100 B.C. Due to meager ingredients and controlled growing conditions of grapes, wine is among the most arduous drinks to produce. Over the years, the highly talked up vintage wines have, in fact, been auctioned and bought at sky-high prices. But what makes this draught that expensive?

The Daily Mail reported that the selling price of a wine depends on the supply and the need for it, the economic situation of the wine-producing region, age and maturation, and whether if it’s a vintage classic or not. Some of the most sought wines by the elites are the kinds of wines you drink with high class escorts. Here is a list of some of the world’s most expensive wines:

1. Château D’Yquem

According to the Thrillist, Château D’Yquem is “the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold.” The winery is actually one of the favourites of Thomas Jefferson (yes, that Jefferson). The Château has also the reputation of the only sweet wine to have been given the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. No wonder that a bottle of D’Yquem was sold at a whopping $117,000 in 2011.

2. Château Lafite Rothschild

The Rothschilds are one of the richest families in the world, mainly because of their bank ventures. Chateau Lafite Rothschild, a bottle owned by the family, was sold at a staggering $156, 000 in 1985.

3. Château Margaux

This is the only wine that made our list that wasn’t exactly sold. Château Margaux is among the wine collection of Thomas Jefferson and was presumed to have a value to the tune of $500,000. However, a waiter accidentally knocked over a bottle in 1989. The merchant, a New Yorker named William Sokolin, received $225,000 from the insurance.

4. Jeroboam of Château Mouton-Rothschild

Produced during World War II, this bottle of wine was sold at $310,000 in 2007. That being said, a glass of Jeroboam of Château Mouton-Rothschild only costs $8,631 since the wine is not in a standard 750-mL wine bottle. Nevertheless, big bottle or not, a sip from this wine does not come cheap!

5. Screaming Eagle Cabernet

This 1992 wine classic is the most expensive wine in our list. This six-liter bottle was auctioned at $500,000. You can basically buy 25,000 boxes of the cheap stuff with that kind of money. A good thing about this Cabernet is that the proceeds from the auction went to charity.