The world’s most expensive wine
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The world’s most expensive wine

In a world where people tend to speculate about almost everything, wine certainly wouldn’t be out of the trend. In producing countries, the access to a good broth isn’t necessarily expensive. For about 5 or 10 euros, it’s possible to taste good wine, with the experience becoming excellent if you invest a little more – about 20 euros. From young wine to reserves, there’s a wide range of options, varieties, and provenances.

When you’re looking for a special gift, or even when you’re trying to impress someone, it’s possible to find a grand reserve of a special production for prices which don’t exceed the 40 euros.

On the other hand, of course, there are those people who own so much money (or who are so much in love for wine), who are able to buy a bottle for exorbitant prices. Notwithstanding, you need to consider that a special wine must follow a series of restrict, important details for an appropriate tasting: good conservation in barrels and in the bottle over time (temperature, lighting…), perfect decantation, and the trust that the wine is able to maintain all of its properties and characteristics – which isn’t always an easy task.

For the rich ones, and also for science fiction lovers, the Wine Searcher website has recently released a list of the world’s 50 most expensive wine. At the top of that list we find a Burgundy which costs over 15.000 dollars a bottle, the Richebourg Grand Cru Côte de Nuits.

The dominance of French wine seems evident: out of the list’s 50 names, 45 are French, 4 are German, and one is from the USA. Dominance, at least, when it comes to price, for we all know that the most expensive doesn’t always mean the best.

The Wine Searcher research was organized through a search engine that compares the process of over 7 million wine worldwide, from more than 50.000 wine trades in the world. As reference is the standard 750-ml-bottle. The findings reveal an estimated average price that, when calculated, excludes the prices obtained from actions, as well as the highest and the lowest prices, in order to avoid that the price obtained from a specific bottle influences the media. With that, currently, the world’s most expensive wine is the Richebourg Grand Cru that, even being worth 15.000 dollars a bottle, can reach the stunning amount of 23.000.

Both the first and the third of the list this year are from the acclaimed oenologist Henri Jayer, considered a Burgundy icon. Jayer passed away a few years ago, was in favor of small-scale productions, with minimum manipulation during the elaboration process, and a defender for the eradication of chemicals. His work is known worldwide, so much so that UNESCO has this year registered his wine regions of Côtes de Nuits and Côtes de Beaune world heritage sites under the name Burgundy Climates.

We have highlighted below the list of this year’s 10 most expensive wine, based on the Wine Searcher’s study:

1. Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru (Burgundy, France) 13.133,73 €
2. Romanee-Conti Grand Cru (Burgundy, France) 11.893,55 €

3. Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux (Burgundy, France) 7.935,02 €
4. Egon Muller-Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (Mosel, Germany) 6.034,78 €
5. Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru (Burgundy, France) 5.124,18 €

6. Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru (Burgundy, France) 4.284,51 €
7. Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (Mosel, Germany) 4.192,02 €
8. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru (Burgundy, France) 4.030,37 €
9. Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru (Burgundy, France) 3.951,34 €
10. Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin (Ródano, France) 3.778,02 €


Rafael Paniagua

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