The Top Ten Most Expensive Champagnes

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While popping the cork on a bottle of good Champagne is something well within the reach of most these days, there exists something of an elite selection that is realistically only available to an equally elite and select crowd. Indeed, regardless of widespread availability and modern production techniques, there are still a number of Champagnes with rather eye-wateringly high prices enough to see even the most ardent connoisseur blush…

10th Place – Bringing up the rear is the comparatively modestly priced Bollinger Blanc de Noirs Vieilles Vignes Francaises 1997, made with the very finest Pinot Noir grapes and priced at around $650 a bottle. A veritable bargain when compared against those yet to come! Find more information about the Bollinger Champagne.

9th Place – Next on the list at number nine we have the exquisite Krug, Clos Du Mesnil 1995, weighing in at an entirely reasonable $750 per bottle. Clos Du Mesnil is produced by Krug, on of the most famous Champagne house the world has ever seen, established by Johann Joseph as far back as 1843..

8th Place – Coming in at number eight we have the delightful and extremely rare Dom Perignon 1966, which is priced at around the $1,950 mark per bottle. This champagne was discovered in the cellar of a private collector, hence the rarity and reverence the edition carries.

7th PlaceKrug Clos d’Ambonnay 1995 takes the seventh position in our countdown to the most expensive champagne in the world, priced at around $3,500 per bottle. The ever-revered Krug Champagne house is currently owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.

6th Place – At number six we find the Perrier-Jouet Champagne which costs a rather impressive $6,485 per bottle. The Champagne comes in a 12-bottle set for the customer and is produced by the mixing of liquors from vintage years to create a unique and cool combination of fruity flavors.

5th PlaceCristal Brut 1990 “Methuselah” is the wonderfully titled fifth most expensive champagne in the world with a price of $17,625. This six liter limited edition boasts an exquisite gold labeled bottle and was sold in an auction in Sotheby’s in New York to an undisclosed buyer in 1995. Find more information about the Cristal Champagne.

4th Place – At number 4 on our list we have the Krug 1928, costing a rather startling $21,000 having been produced with some of the finest grapes ever grown as far back as 1926, thought to have subsequently been bottled around 1938.

3rd Place – Entering the prestige of the top three most expensive champagne brands in the world, the smooth and delicate Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam takes pride of place in the third spot to take the bronze medal. While this particular Champagne may cost around $350 for a standard bottle, one particular example of this type of Champagne was sold at a famous auction in 2005 for a whopping $40,000 dollars; a good year for Champagne indeed with the Cristal Brut 1900, also known as Methuselah selling for $17,625 to an anonymous buyer.

2nd Place – Edging closer to the top prize, at number 2 in our countdown, we have the famous Pernod-Ricard Perrier-Jouet which retails for the impressive sum of $50,000 for a standard set of twelve bottles. Those lucky enough to buy such a set can personalize the liqueur used in champagne to their own unique tastes.

1st Place – Finally, taking the elusive top spot as the most expensive the world has ever seen is the world-renowned Holy Grail or Champagnes that is the Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck. This elegant and delicate Champagne sold for a breath-taking $275,000 per bottle, but of course, those who have had the pleasure of obtaining such a treasure will testify that it is worth every penny and more! Having been perfectly preserved at the bottom of the ocean following the sinking of the vessel transporting it and the hands of a German U-boat, the 200 bottles discovered in the wreckage in 1997 were subsequently sold to elite guests in a sale at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow.

Read more about Champagne in the book “Christie’s Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine

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