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The Most Expensive Wine

Inspire your collection with these bougie bottles.

August 18, 2023 at 2:27 AM PST

Embodying a unique sense of craftsmanship, expensive wines are the perfect way to elevate your taste palette. From cabernets to Château Cheval Blanc, the options for expensive wine are higher than you might think. Crafted from meticulously tended vineyards, every bottle is a testament to the dedication of vintners crafting elegant palettes through grape distillation.

In a world where time-honored traditions meet innovation, expensive wines stand as a testament to the art of winemaking while providing connoisseurs the ability to  celebrate some of life’s most cherished moments. They represent a wide range of characteristics such as keen attention to detail, savory taste, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Whether enjoyed with a gourmet meal, shared among friends, or cherished as an investment, expensive wines hold a timeless allure that captivates and inspires wine enthusiasts around the globe.

Furthermore, the options for expensive wines are endless and provide an enriching experience to every wine lover. From the velvety taste of an aged Bordeaux or the bold intensity of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, expensive wines offer a journey through the world’s finest grape-growing regions.

And though expensive wines may be hefty in price, the wine itself extends beyond the bottle. Ahead, are all of the most expensive wines to inspire your collection.

Château Lafite (1787)

The Drinks Business

Purchasing the bottle in 1985, Malcolm Forbes, of Forbes magazine, got his hands on this expensive wine for $156,450. This palatable wine is said to have come directly from Thomas Jefferson as the glass has the initials “ThJ” carved into it.

Get Similar: Carruades de Lafite. Many top Bordeaux estates have second labels, which are wines made from younger vines or that simply don’t meet the strict criteria for the estate’s top wine. These can offer a taste of the style at a more accessible price, including Carruades de Lafite, which is the second wine of Château Lafite.

Pair With: OKUNST Electric Wine Opener Set. Just because our wine is aged doesn’t mean our technology has to be! This electric wine opener kit with stand comes with a foil cutter, wine aerator pourer and vacuum stoppers.

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Romanée-Conti (1945)


Earning its high value due to the destruction of its vines in 1946 from a pest named Phylloxera, this particular vintage wine comes alongside 599 bottles that were produced and priced at $123,900 to $558,000 each.

Get Similar: Vosne-Romanée 2020. When looking for a similar wine, you’ll want to source from other vineyards within the Burgundy region, particularly those classified as Premier Cru or village wines. Louis Latour Vosne-Romanee is an exceptional yet affordable pinot noir from Vosne-Romanée, the same village as Romanée-Conti.

Pair With: Viski Rolling Crystal Wine Glasses Set. Not only does this glass set defy gravity, but it also says no to needing a stem for your wine glass. Whether you’re enjoying it on your own or have a date to keep you company, consider adding some excitement to your wine drinking excursion.

Heidsieck (1907)

Wine searcher

During the first World War, a ship carrying a cargo of wine was sunk by a German submarine, despite some of the bottles surviving the war.  In 1997, over 2,000 bottles of the wine were saved from the ocean 81 years later.The bottles are considered some of the most rare and most expensive with a price tag of $275,000.

Get Similar: Crémant de Bourgogne. When it comes to sparkling wine, shipwrecked Heidsieck is hard to top. Consider trying Crémant de Bourgogne, a delicious sparkling wine from the Burgundy region made using the traditional method.

Pair With: This JoyJolt white wine glass set. Tasteful and elegant, these long-stem wine glasses are professionally crafted in the Czech Republic with finest quality crystal, guaranteed to withstand the test of time.

Château Cheval Blanc (1947)

Best of wines

Sold at auction in 2010 for $304,374, the Chateau Cheval Blanc is a premier wine that’s said to be the best ever created. Alongside the Cheval Blanc, only two wines have ever received Class A status as a Saint-Emilion wine.

Get Similar: Le Petit Cheval. With expressive notes of warm black cherries, boysenberries and preserved plums, Le Petit Cheval is a competitive second label of Château Cheval Blanc.

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Screaming Eagle (1992)


This cabernet sauvignon won a world record for the most expensive bottle of wine purchased. The bottle was sold at a charity event for $500,000 with the record standing for 18 years. This particular iteration tends to sell at high values for half a million dollars and is certainly one of the most expensive wines on the market.

Get Similar: Opus One is a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, producing Bordeaux-style blends in Napa Valley. While it is still a premium wine, it’s certainly more accessible than the rare vintages of Screaming Eagle.

Display On: Dorothyann 12 Bottle Tabletop Wine Bottle & Glass Rack. Illuminate the quality of your collection with this interactive wine rack, equipped with more than 100 kinds of lighting effects and an ability to play music.

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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grand Cru (1945)


As one of the most expensive wines ever to be sold, The Romanée-Conti surely is opulent in flavor. Their 1937 Grand Cru red is selling for retail price at $73,228, with their 1994 white, Montrachet Grand Cru, selling for $10,911 per price tag.

In 2018, the 1995 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grand Cru sold for a whopping $558,000 and is a particularly rare wine. Overall, only two were available at auction with 600 bottles ever to be produced.

Get Similar: 2020 André Brunel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux Rouge. While not at the Grand Cru level, Bourgogne Rouge (generic Burgundy) wines provide a glimpse into the quality of Burgundian winemaking.

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