Expensive wine falls into two categories. There is expensive wine that you can pay a lot of money for, drink, and enjoy. And there is expensive wine you can pay a fortune for and not drink – just watch it sit on the shelf and gather a bit of dust. Unless of course, you have the luxury of time to walk over to your bottle of expensive wine and wipe off the dust whenever it is needed. So, which bottle of expensive wine do you prefer? You can learn a whole lot about expensive wines by reading some of my wine articles .
According to the Guiness book of World Records, the bottle of most expensive wine in the world is: the 1787 Cateau Lafite – a Bordeaux. This bottle of expensive wine used to be in the possession of Thomas Jefferson, one of several high profile expensive wines that was in possession of the late 3rd President of the United States. What is the price for this bottle of expensive wine? $100? $500? $1000? $10,000? Try much more. There are many estimates floating around but from what we gathered, this bottle of expensive wine once sold at an auction for roughly $160,000. Remember that Aston Martin you’ve been dreaming of all your life? Well guess what. That dream might be toast, you now have a choice to make. Dream car you have been waiting all of your life for, or a bottle of expensive wine that you can’t drink because it’s so old. Yes, I know – tough decision.
That brings us to the other category of expensive wine – wine you can drink and you don’t have to spend a fortune for – just a half fortune. Expensive wine that is “not too old to consume” can run anywhere from $100-200 for a bottle of wine to $2,000 a bottle. In some cases, this expensive wine can go as high as $30,000 for a bottle of wine. For example, a bottle of Montrachet 1978 sold for more than $20,000 in the early 2000’s. While this expensive wine is much more desirable in price when compared to its’ very expensive wine counterpart, it still demands quite a few benjamins to own the bottle of wine. Or a whole bunch of Jefferson’s.
According to a few online wine retailers, you can buy drinkable expensive wine from the internet for as much as $10,000 for a bottle of Chateau Margaux. Less expensive wine options include: a Chateau Mouton Rothschild for more than $700 or a Chateau Pavie for more than $800. If you decide you want to hold off from buying your dream car and buy a bottle of expensive wine to cherish, buying buying most expensive wines from an online wine retailer may be the way to go. Because of the cometitive nature of the internet, online wine retailers are offering free shipping on selected bottles of wines and even discounts for buying bottles of wine in quantity.
The most expensive wine which are sought after by collectors are usually Bordeaux or Burgandy. But all types of wine can have expensive counterparts including: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Barbera, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Reisling, Blush, and more. For example, one of the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold is the 1787 vintage Sauternes from Château Yquem which sold for roughly $100,000 – undrinkable of course. But if you are interesetd in a more affordable wine that you can drink and will be a little easier on the pocketbook, try an expensive red wine such as the Château Pétrus which sells for more than $1,400 per bottle.
Whether you favor an expensive wine such as a Bordeaux or Burgandy; or such wines as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, or Reisling – you are to find expensive wine counterparts for each. If you ever get a chance to taste an expensive wine, take it. You are likely to notice a world of difference. Red wine or white wine, it doesn’t matter – when high quality wine grapes are used in combination with rigorous wine making processes, you are paying for the taste. Unless of course, you can afford it, and you are paying for the “lack of taste” – or the collector’s bottle of undrinkable expensive wine.