Many people are wondering what is the world’s most expensive wine sold. The truth is, we do not know. There is a huge black market for expensive wine that is not reported. – Probably single bottles of wine have been sold for over a million dollars.
A bottle of Romanée-Conti wine from 1945 was sold for a record $ 558,000 at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York in 2017.
The final price was 17 times as high as the 32,000 dollars the auction house had expected to receive as a maximum.
Romanée-Conti is widely recognized as the best Burgundy wine. It is one of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers and only produces between 5,000 and 6,000 bottles a year.
The record wine was one of only 600 bottles produced in 1945, writes RTL.
Just minutes after the first sale, another 1945 Romanée-Conti was sold for $ 496,000. It was the second most expensive wine sold at an auction ever.
Beat old Rothschild record
The old record for a standard wine bottle was a Château Lafite Rothschild from 1869 which was sold for 233,000 dollars, or 1.9 million kroner, in Hong Kong in 2010.
But if all bottle sizes are taken into account, it was a three-liter bottle of Mouton-Rotschild from 1945 that had the old record of 310,700 dollars, 2.5 million kroner, at an auction in New York in 2007.
Canadians leave the list in France
In May, the auction house Jura Encheres announced record prices for French white wine sold to Canadians.
Then a bottle of Jura wine from 1774 was sold for 103,700 euros, equivalent to 988,000 kroner at the then exchange rate. In addition, two other bottles were sold for 76,250 and 73,200 euros, respectively, which also broke the old record.
- I never thought that these bottles would go for so much. The previous record is from 2011 when a bottle was sold for 57,000 euros, said Brigitte Fenaux at the auction company Jura Encheres.
The three bottles of Anatoile Vercel Vin Jaune, which are some of the oldest wines in the world, have been inherited by Anatoile Vercel’s descendants in Abois in the Jura region.