May 23, 2013

10 of the world's most expensive bottles of wine

We all know that older the wine, the better it gets, and only a true wine connoisseur knows the value of an older wine. Vintage wines are chosen from some of the most exceptional vineyards and may sell for thousands of dollars per bottle. Some of the rarest bottles in the world lie in collector’s cellars and some pass through well-known auction houses. So, for the avid wine collectors, below is the list of 10 most expensive wines.

1. D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme liquor - Price: $44 million

World’s most expensive wine that is created in association with Liverpool-based Stuart Hughes and Italian distillery Antica Distilleria Russo is called D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme. The flawless design of the bottle that is adorned with three single cut diamonds (13 carats) on the neck has made it one of the most expensive wines in the world. One of the rarest diamonds is set on the body of the bottle that alone weighs 18.5 carats and the bottle costs whooping $ 44 million.

2. Isabella’s Islay -  Price: $6.2 million

The company behind the world’s most expensive non- alcoholic drink Ruwa has come up with Isabella’s Islay, is one of the world’s most luxurious whisky that is available in two editions. Each bottle of the drink is handcrafted and is encrusted with beautiful and dazzling 8500 diamonds, almost 300 rubies. The bottle is completely covered with very old single malt cask strength Islay whisky inside and English Crystal decanter. Each Isabella’s Islay costs $6.2 million and the bottle is also available in special edition that retails for $740,000 and is encrusted with gold and diamond lettering.

3. Chambord by Donald Edge -  Price: $3 million

Designed by renowned jeweler Donald Edge, the bottle is one of the most expensive sprits containers that was unveiled by the prominent fashion designer Betsey Johnson at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The bottle is bejeweled with 1,100 brilliant, princess and pear cut diamonds as well as a single emerald cut diamond. the proceedings from this brilliant bottle will help in raising funds and awareness of breast cancer.

4. Master of Malt - Price: $1.4 million

105-Year-Old wine has set a new record of being one of the finest wines in the world. The wine is produced by the well known company Malt whiskey and was discovered by Scottish historian. The hard fetched whiskey was distilled on February 17, 1906 at the Aisla T’Orten distillery in the Highlands. The cask that was used was a sherry butt and was kept in the basement for about a century by Aberdeen-based historian, Allie Sisell. It was sold to Master of Malt in 2010 by Mr. Sisell and was bottled on March 8, 2011 after it spent 105 years in cask. That is the reason this exclusive drink is worth $1.4 million.

5. 1992 Screaming Eagle Wine  - Price: Price: $500,000

1992 Screaming Eagle Wine that has a beautiful opaque purple color with elegant fruity flavors that linger in the mouth for hours. This exclusive wine was sold at a charity event called Auction Napa Valley 2008 and fetched a whopping $500,000! Although it is one of the most expensive wines ever sold but, later some of the price was discounted as it was meant for the charity purpose. The wine was purchased byCisco Systems executive Chase Bailey.

6. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 - Price: $304,375

Next in the list is Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 that has been given A class status in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine. The exclusive colossal Cheval Blanc 1947 has set a record of single bottle sold at an auction. According to the Christie’s wine expert, Michael Ganne, this is the only known bottle in the Imperial format and can be kept for another 50 years without any problem. One of the greatest Bordeaux of all time the bottle was owned by an anonymous Swiss collector. The wine was sold at an auction at Christie’s in Geneva and was sold for $304,580.

7. Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck - Price: $275,000
The Shipwrecked 1907 wine is 100 year old wine obtained from the Heidsieck vineyard and took over eighty years to reach its destination. Over 200 bottles were shipped to Russian Imperial family in 1916 and got lost in the sea and was discovered in 1997 by a ship driver. Finally, the old wines are being sold to the wealthy guests at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow. Each Heidsieck bottle costs whooping $275,000.

8. Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1869 -  Price: $232,692

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong ballroom witnessed a new record for auction of wine when three bottles of 1869 Chateau Lafite Rothschild went for sale and set a record of most expensive bottle of wine sold at auction. The fact that made the bottles rare was they came directly from the Chateau Lafite’s cellars and were the oldest wines in the auction and costs $232,692 each.

9. Chateau Lafite 1787 -  Price: $160,000

Originally bought by Thomas Jefferson in France, the 1787 Chateau Lafite is amongst the finest wine that is turned into vinegar which is a natural happening. Coveted by the true connoisseur Chateau Lafite 1787 was sold in London for collection purpose as it is not drinkable and fetched a good some of $160,000.

10. 1945 Romanée Conti -  Price: $123,900

1945 Romanée Conti got a special place in the Christie’s fine-wine auction in Geneva and this exclusive wine was sold in a record breaking amount. This rare wine was produced during the World War II before the outbreak of phylloxera and only 600 bottles were created. The bidder was a collector form U.S who paid whooping $123,900 for one fine bottle.

If you own some expensive luxury wine, you will love this:

Louis Vuitton  teamed up with a winery in Bordeaux, France, to build luxury limited edition wine suitcase.

xoxo LLD

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