5 Most Expensive Wines Ever Sold

Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992, $500,000

There were only 175 cases of the Screaming Eagle Cabernet produced. In 2000 at a Napa Valley charity auction the six liter Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 was sold for $500,000 the high demand quickly ran through the supply of this new wine. What is exceptional about this wine is that it was not even a decade old at the time of purchase.

1947 Cheval-Blanc, $304,000

1947 was a bad year for Cheval Blanc, bad weather destroyed most of their wines and nearly bankrupted them. Inspite of all that it is widely recognized as the most expensive sold bottle of vino. It was sold to an unknown private collector in Geneva for a whopping $304,000 at a Christies auction. The bottles had previously sold for around $12,000 each but with an ever diminishing supply, the price started to rise sharply. According to the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine, the Cheval Blanc has a class A status [and] … of all the merlot wines, there are only two which were granted with this classification. 

1907 Heidsieck $275,000

The 1907 Heidsieck is a really old bottle of champagne with historical significance that was salvaged from a Swedish Freighter off the coast of Finland in 1998. During World War 1 a Swedish freighter stocked with spirits was headed for the imperial court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia when it was torpedoed by a German Submarine and sunk. It lay in the gulf of Finland for 80 years before it was brought to the surface in 1997. Less than 2,000 bottles were recovered and of those, less than 1,000 were still drinkable. It has sold at numerous auctions and brought in as much as $275,000.


1869 Château Lafite $232,692

The Château Lafite 1869 ranks as the most expensive standard bottle of wine ever sold. It was part of a 2000 bottle group from Lafite’s cellars, they were among the oldest bottles of wine in the auction in China. The bottles had only been valued at $8,000 each but due to it's rarity a bidding war ensued that astounded even the auctioneers and the only three bottles available at the time were sold to the same private collector for $232, 692 each.

1875 Château Margaux, $225,000

The 1875 Château Margaux is the most expensive wine that was never drunk. It belonged to Thomas Jefferson and was discovered behind a wall in a Paris cellar in 1985. During a dinner party at the Four Seasons Hotel the bottle was dropped by a server. An insurance company valued and authenticated the 1875 Chateau Margaux as belonging to the wine collection of Thomas Jefferson and paid out $225,000 to William Solokin, a New York wine merchant who at the time had it in his possession.


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