Wine is one of the most popular beverages in the world. In Europe, it’s a common staple that sits on most restaurant tables by default. Yet, despite its popularity, wine has also developed a reputation for opulence and wealth that is sometimes reflected in its price tag.
There are countless factors that determine how much a particular wine will cost, and the results can change year over year. In 2018, the following were the most expensive wines in the world.
Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992
Despite its modest size of six liters, this cab holds the title of the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. When it was put up for auction in 2000, the bottle fetched a cool half a million. Eighteen years later and a single bottle of 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet still costs thousands.
Sherry may be one of the sweetest wines around, but the price of this vintage is anything but. Traditionally, sherry is considered a spanish wine, but this 1775 Massandra was actually produced in what is now the Republic of Crimea. It sold at auction for nearly $50,000.
Chateau d’Yquem 1787
Chateau d’Yquem is famous for their high-quality output. They were founded in 1593 and have since developed a well-deserved reputation as producers of some of the most prestigious wines. One of their most expensive products, a 1787 vintage white, sold for $100,000 in 2006.
Cheval Blanc 1947
An enthusiastic collector paid over $135,000 for a meager three liters of this French wine. It is one of only two wines produced in the Saint-Emilion region to receive a Class A status. It’s also one of only four wines to achieve the designation of Premier Grand Cru Classé in the Saint-Émilion classification.
Chateau Lafite 1787
If rumors are to be believed, this vintage of Chateau Lafite could be a legitimate piece of American history. When Malcolm Forbes paid $160,000 for it, it was as much due to the initials etched into the glass as it was for the wine inside. Some believe that the “THJ” found on the bottle indicate that it once belonged to Thomas Jefferson, although many historians have raised suspicions about the authenticity of this legend.