The most expensive Italian wine is a Brunello Biondi Santi 52.646$
No Italian wine among the 50 most expensive in the world but lots of new entries in the top priced bottles where Masseto is in second position
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Again from Wine Searcher, the web site that groups the prices from 46.450 stores around the world and that reveals, live, the quotations for all wines. An immense database which contains a smaller section dedicated to the 50 most expensive wines. Here the French have the largest share. The first in the list Henri Jayer (who passed away in 2006) with his Richebourg Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits that is priced on average around 16.513$ after which is followed by Romanée Conti Grand Cru which however beats it with it maximum quote of 40. 155$.
As you may well understand these bottles are for all pockets affordable by all. The section in Wine searcher dedicated to the “Most expensive” has a menu reserved for Italian wines where the list seems well changed since last year with Masseto from the Tenuta di Ornellaia which has jumped up to second position and the Brunello Riserva Biondi Santi which records the highest price: 52464 $ an exceptional price and able to make our cousins on the other side of the alps quite jealous.
Its worth considering this list to take note of certain particulars, the wines from Piedmont dominate the scene with Barolo and Barbaresco and have 24 out of
the total of 50, while there are only 11 Tuscan ones and from Veneto just 6. There are references which you do not expect, such as Campari Cordial which has an average price of 238 dollars but is on sale at also at 5, 87$. There are many wines from Bolgheri such as Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Tua Rita and Le Macchiole but who really has a stupendous result compared to last year is Masseto shooting up to second position after having been protagonist of the International auctions.
On top of the podium is Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG by Giuseppe Quintarelli with an average price of around 754 $ and a peak of 1.999$. The great Bepi, father of the Amarone, passed away in 2012. With his handwritten labels, his craftsman’s knowledge is still today a myth for those who love the vineyard and wine.