The most expensive wines of the last 20 years
There is a clear difference between the price and the wineries of origin of the wines on average more expensive than those currently on sale in the last 20 years
I am not referring to the bottles that can’t be found, produced in very small series, such as the 250 copies of Liber Pater 2015 that will be sold at the price of 30.000 € each. In this case it is a wine practically impossible to find, according to its producer Loïc Pasquet will be sent to a list of collectors who have already booked them.
THE MOST EXPENSIVE WINES IN THE MARKET IN THE LAST 20 YEARS
The ultra-expensive wines to which I refer are, however, widespread in the best wine bars in the world, such as La Tâche Romanée-Conti. These bottles are therefore destined for a small club of millionaires and are only present in extraordinarily exclusive places but not of wines that cannot be found.
The list published by Wine searcher and taken from its mastodonic data base concerns 750 ml bottles that have been on the list of the most expensive specimens several times in the last 20 years.
Prices are the average ones in Dollars and do not include taxes.
LIST OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE WINES OF THE LAST 20 YEARS
Penfolds Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon Ampoule, Barossa Valley $152,430
Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Midas Brut Champagne $39,582
HM Borges Panther Family Reserve Madeira $24,999
Sine Qua Non El Corazon Rose, California $12,768
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits $12,152
Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits $11,845
Moet & Chandon Esprit du Siecle Brut Champagne $11,247
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Les Gaudichots, Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru $10,346
Sine Qua Non The Bride, San Luis Obispo County $9282
Welsh Brothers Verdelho, Madeira $8855
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MOST EXPENSIVE WINES OF THE LAST 20 YEARS AND TODAY
No Italian wine on this list and surprisingly few Burgundy and no Bordeaux. The winner is the Australian Penfolds but the most striking thing is the distance between this summary list of the last 20 years and the 2019 list of the most expensive wines. A distance that highlights the enormous price growth that has generated or has been generated by speculation. The fact is that the bottles of fine wines increase their value more than the shares, more than the gold and the works of art for which they are becoming a safe asset among the most appreciated. It must be said that the race to the top has stopped but the figures you will see in the following list are still astronomical. Also in this case Wine Searcher has listed the average price of the most expensive wines present in numerous resales and in numerous vintages.
MOST EXPENSIVE WINES ON THE MARKET TODAY
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits $20,405
Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits $15,680
Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel $13,558
Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits $13,050
Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune $10,100
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune $7921
Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits $7553
Leroy Domaine d’Auvenay Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune $6616
Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc, Oakville $6070
Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits $6006
THE POWER OF THE BURGUNDY AMONG THE MOST EXPENSIVE WINES OF TODAY
In this series the power of Burgundy is seen in all its current splendour. Alongside the Romanée Conti there is the First Woman of Burgundy Lalou Bize-Leroy 86 years and an inalible nose for the best vineyards and marketing. After the break with Aubert de Villaine and having left the direction of Romanée Conti in 1992 founded Domaine Leroy creating masterpiece wines in small series.
Above I wrote that the race towards the high prices of Burgundy wines seems to have stopped and not only in the most expensive, but in general throughout the area. Perhaps collectors see more palatable bottles than other denominations with a lower initial price and a reasonable increase in value over time. There is therefore no expectation of price lists rising by 40% in a year as happened for Leroy bottles between 2017 and 2018.