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Wine is an alcoholic beverage created from fermented grape juice. Although technically, any fruit (such as apples, cranberries, plums, etc.) can be used to make wine if the label simply says 'wine,' it is derived from grapes (Note that wine grapes are not the same as table grapes). Man has drunk wine since the beginning of civilization. People have traditionally enjoyed drinking wine during social gatherings of all sizes. Wine has always been served with meals, regardless of the situation.

An ardent wine collector looks forward to the thrill of discovering a vintage bottle and paying extravagant prices for 750ml of the treasured drink.

This article reviews the elements influencing wine costs and discusses some of the most expensive red, white, sparkling, and dessert wines available today. The most sought-after wines easily command exorbitant prices that reflect their world-class quality. You'll be astounded by how expensive some of these vintages are.

Factors that make wine expensive

Factors that make wine expensive

We all know that good wine gets better with age. Genuine lovers of expensive drinks will appreciate the particularly rich flavor that emerges. Wines' significant quality is what causes their astronomical costs. 

However, drinking expensive, aged wine is not just for gourmets. Wines that age better become more expensive due to their increased quality, luring investors worldwide. Although certain wines start expensively, not all do.

The cost of production itself is included in a portion of the wine's price. But why is there such a big difference between a wine that costs $200 and one that costs $7,000?

The price and 'perceived worth' of fine wine are influenced by some tangible and intangible elements in addition to the costs of the raw materials, winemaking, bottling, branding, and marketing. These are the other known factors for making wines expensive.

Lack of supply

Wine would cost more if a winery only produced 300 bottles annually instead of 4000.

Additionally, less wine will be available on the market if a specific vintage has a lower yield than previous ones. Prices would rise as a result of this.

Additionally, if the wine is a limited edition, the rarity of the remaining bottles increases as more is consumed.

Vineyards and Varietals

Wine costs are inevitably higher when the grapes come from excellent vintages. The location where the grape is harvested has an impact on the wine's flavor and ability to age.

Age

Wines that can age well in the bottle for decades get better in flavor and price over time.

Novelty

A wine's pricing can be impacted by its special packaging or the fact that you must join a waiting list to get a bottle.

Brand

Famous companies with a long history of producing top-notch wines can command extremely high prices.

Prestige

The greater a brand is regarded as being, or the more attention it receives at auctions, the more expensive it will be.

Critics' ratings

Expect prices to soar if a wine obtains good marks from critics like James Suckling or Robert Parker.

Handling

The wine's provenance (origin and storage history) and storage can also determine whether a bottle costs $200 or $10,000.

Are you ready to explore some of the most costly wines on the market?

Cheval Blanc St-Emilion 1947, US$135,125

Cheval Blanc St-Emilion 1947, US$135,125

Expert tasters frequently say that this is one of the best clarets of the 20th century and the best Cheval Blanc. However, this wine deviates from the ideal of good Bordeaux since it is rich and port-like, has a high alcohol content, and has volatile acidity. Although this weight and opulence were unusual for Cheval Blanc, only some tasters could turn away from its sumptuous flavors and luxuriant texture.

1990 Domaine Leroy Musigny, US$224,000

1990 Domaine Leroy Musigny, US$224,000

It is an excellent wine that costs, on average, $224,000 a bottle. But even that is an understatement. What makes it alluring is what renowned French wine critic Michel Bettane had to say about it. The Domaine Leroy 1990 is a valuable reminder of the difference between good and outstanding wine.

Due to the fruit's unmatched and outstanding quality and the cultivation's strict adherence to biodynamic principles, the output is exceedingly low. The wine is distinct due to its unusually statuesque concentration, purity, and layered complexity.

Chateau Margaux 1787, US$225,000

Chateau Margaux 1787, US$225,000

Any amount of money will no longer be able to purchase this bottle of wine. Sadly, a waiter accidentally knocked it over while serving Margaux dinner at a Four Seasons hotel.

It is believed to be another bottle from Jefferson's collection and was reportedly the most costly wine that was unsold. Its actual value was reduced from the owner's initial estimate of $500,000 to $225,000 due to the amount insurers paid.

Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck, US$275,000

Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck, US$275,000
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One of the most expensive Champagne sales ever was a shipment of Heidsieck 1907 that was recovered in 1998 from a ship that was torpedoed during World War One. At an auction, it brought in $275,000 dollars.

The price seemed virtually unaffordable for a wine that many people needed to be sure was drinkable. The wine, however, originally cost $275,000 a bottle when it was made for Nicholas II, the last Russian emperor.

Until the wreckage was found in 1998, the wine was thought to be lost after the ship sank in 1916. 2,000 bottles of vintage wine were found, but their history makes them so valuable—the ship was sunk by a German submarine during World War I.

Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947, US$305,000

Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947, US$305,000

A whole case of vintage wine, which has a thick texture and a 14.4% alcohol content, is getting harder to find. 'Cases like this only happen about once every ten years. That will soon be every 20 years,” Christie's London's Head of Wine, Chris Munro.

Jeroboam of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945, US$310,000

Jeroboam of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945, US$310,000

It's not surprising that this bottle of wine costs such an absurd amount, given that it comes from the vineyards of the richest family on the planet.

The wine is regarded as one of the best vintages in the previous 100 years, with symbolism on the label representing the Allies' victory in the Second World War.

If a bottle is out of your budget, why not try a glass for $8,631?

Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992, US$500,000

Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992, US$500,000

A 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon bottle sold for US$500,000 (A$661,395) in 2000 is among the most expensive red wine sales of all time. The 8-year-old bottle of wine was sold at a Napa Valley auction for a much higher than the anticipated sum.

1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, US$558,000

1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, US$558,000

Simply put, rarity and prestige. The most distinguished wine in the world is still regarded as the Domaine de la Romanée Conti. Moreover, it is one of the rarest. The 1945 vintage, in this instance, is from a 600-bottle batch made soon before the Domaine removed the grapes and replaced them.

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