Champagne is a luxury drink that is often associated with celebrations, parties, and special occasions. The effervescence and flavor of champagne make it a popular choice for those looking to indulge in a high-end beverage. But not all champagnes are created equal. Some brands are priced higher than others due to the quality of the grapes used, the production methods, and the rarity of the vintage. In this article, we will take a look at the ten most expensive champagnes in the world.
10 Most Expensive Champagnes
- Krug Clos d’Ambonnay – $3,500
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay is a rare and exclusive champagne made from Pinot Noir grapes from a single vineyard in the village of Ambonnay in Champagne, France. This champagne is produced in limited quantities, and only a few bottles are released each year, which makes it one of the most expensive champagnes in the world.
- Dom Perignon P3 Plenitude – $3,000
Dom Perignon P3 Plenitude is a rare champagne that has been aged for at least 20 years in the Dom Perignon cellars. This champagne is made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and is known for its complex flavors and aromas.
- Louis Roederer Cristal Brut – $2500
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut is a well-known champagne that has been enjoyed by royalty and celebrities for over a century. This champagne is made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and is known for its delicate flavor and beautiful golden color.
- Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Gold Brut – $2,500
Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Gold Brut is a champagne that is well-known for its distinctive gold bottle. This champagne is made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes and is known for its full-bodied flavor and creamy texture.
- Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs – $1,000
Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs is a champagne that is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes from the Le Mesnil-sur-Oger region in Champagne, France. This champagne is known for its crisp flavor and elegant aroma.
- Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs – $800
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is a champagne that is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes from the best vineyards in Champagne, France. This champagne is known for its fresh and lively flavor and its delicate and creamy texture.
- Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs – $750
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs is a champagne that is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes from the Cramant vineyard in Champagne, France. This champagne is known for its delicate floral aromas and its fresh and lively flavor.
- Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill – $300
Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is a champagne that was named after the famous British Prime Minister who was known to be a fan of Pol Roger champagne. This champagne is made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes and is known for its rich and complex flavor.
- Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises Blanc de Noirs – $700
Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises Blanc de Noirs is a champagne that is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes from the oldest vines in the Bollinger vineyards. This champagne is known for its rich and powerful flavor and its deep golden color.
- Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs – $200
10 Most Valuable Champagnes
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 Place – Krug 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 Place – Cristal 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“