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10 Priciest Wines Named


An interesting post this week named the top 10 priciest wines that we would all love to get our hands on but most probably never will. For those that can, these are the kinds of wines that experienced wine drinkers and collectors would love to have aging in their cellar.  According to these are the smoothest, most expensive wines on offer. (All the prices are US$)


1. DRC – No it is not a hip-hop group, it’s the single most sought after domain in all of Burgundy, and all of the world for that matter. The Domaine de la Romanee Conti has long produced some of the finest Grand Cru Burgundy, but lately its wines have reached dizzyingly high prices. These are wines that require a bit of age on them to show their full potential. You can get a glimpse of that after just a handful of years in lesser vintages, but it’s still going to cost you. How much? Consider the following prices for DRC’s low, medium and high priced bottlings in a good vintage, a great vintage and a mature vintage!


DRC Echezeaux: 2004 – $700 2009 – $900 1990 – $1,200 DRC La Tache: 2004 – $1,700 2009 – $3,200 1990 – $6,000 DRC Romanee Conti: 2004 – $11,000 2009 – $14,000 1990 – $18,000


2. Le Pin – Burgundy is the reigning champ of bucket list wines, but Bordeaux is not far behind. Many people might think of Petrus as the ultimate Bordeaux bucket list entry, but the minuscule quantities of Le Pin make it both harder to find and more expensive, two qualifications that make it ideally suited for this list.


 Once again, prices for an average vintage, a great vintage and a mature vintage leave us all feeling a little poorer than we might actually be.


 Le Pin Pomerol: 2001 – $2,300 2010 – $2,500 1990 – $4,500


3. Krug Clos d’ Ambonnay – Staying in France for just a moment, let’s take a look at the ultimate luxury wine: Champagne. Why would I characterize Champagne like this? For the most part, Champagne is a blend designed for consistency and thus it tends not to express terroir or vintage character, two traits that are essential for truly great wine.


On the other hand, single vineyard vintage Champagne does show both, but you’ll need to pony up the Benjamins if you want to add this wine to your bucket list. Krug is one of the greatest Champagne houses, Clos d’Ambonnay one of the greatest vineyards. Put them together and we’re talking mortgage payment folks.


There have only been three vintages made of Krug Clos d’Ambonnay. At this price, how can you blame the folks at Krug? A tight supply is the best way to maintain a floor on pricing, and that is one hand-rubbed, old growth forest Mahogany floor if I’ve ever seen one.


Krug Clos d’Ambonnay: 1995 – $3,500 1996 – $2,200 1998 – $1,800 4. Vega Sicilia Unico


– I now turn to Spain, if only because I’ve already mentioned several Italian wines in a previous bucket list email. Spain is a great source of value wines, though over the past several years, its top end wines have begun to receive much more attention from wine lovers and bucket list makers.  Vega Sicilia Unico: 2002 – $380 1990 – $350 1968 – $1,200




While the list identifies the top expensive wines, it’s probably out of most people’s budget.


So how do you choose a good wine that won’t break the bank?


Be open to suggestions. A wine tasting is an awesome way to try new wines and develop your own preferences.  Keep an open mind to wines and don’t be afraid to try wines from different regions, chances are you may be surprised at how delicious they are, be adventurous.


Also pay attention to the tastes of different wines. Because there are so many out there from virtually every part of the world that grows grapes, it’s important to pay attention to the wine and make note of your favourites.  This is your go-to list for all occasions and can be consulted at any time to ensure a good choice.