Rare wines are bought and sold, collected as well as drunk every single day. Bottled and aged, protected and coveted, many of these vintages are guarded and treasured until they are enjoyed.
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Amazingly, the following vintages to be discussed are so rare that many collectors can only speculate on where to find them.
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Located rare wines is a task on its own. Many collectors are secretive about their treasures to avoid being the targeting of thieves, and unwanted solicitors. Furthermore, one of the main contributing factors to the rareness of these wines is the scarcity of their production.
Simply being scarce does not make a wine rare. However, the combination of quality and scarcity ensure a wine is sought-after. SecondBottle presents some of the worlds most sought-after vintages.
Chateau Lafite 1787
Chateau Lafite is a truly coveted and amazing bottle of wine. While historians and experts disagree on the matter, many believe these vintages come from the cellars of American founding father Thomas Jefferson. If true, it might explain the incredible price tag for this rare wine. A bottle of Chateau Lafite 1787 sold for nearly $160,000. It is truly one of the rarest vintages given its production date and scarcity.
Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951
The Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 boasts the title of Australia’s most expensive wine. In the summer of May 2004, this vintage sold for nearly $40,000. Furthermore, this price was an Australian wine auction record. Ultimately, it is speculated there are only 20 bottles of this rare wine in existence. Anyone would be lucky to own one, let alone sample its amazing flavors.
Cheval Blanc 1947
Hailing from Bordeaux, France, the Cheval Blanc boasts an outstanding flavor profile and uniqueness. Furthermore, it has been labeled the finest wine of its kind by many wine critics. A blend of dark Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this vintage is truly one of the worlds rarest blends. The particular acidity featured in this rare wine has made it a favorite of wine lovers lucky enough to taste it. Only 110,000 bottles were said to be produced. Of this number, few still exist today. The unique flavor and amazing scarcity explain the nearly $140,000 price tag.
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This $6,000 vintage was grown in an incredibly dry year. The dryness of the season brought out unique flavors in the wine, making it unique even among wines on this list.
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 1990
The Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 1990 hailing from Burgundy, France is one of the best vintages available on the planet. Furthermore, this winemaker claims some of the most amazing wines ever produced. Additionally, 1990 was an amazing vintage year for the grapes harvested. This particular vintage boasts a price tag over $20,000 per bottle. Unsurprisingly, buyers and connoisseurs would jump at the chance to own such a vintage.
Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru 2012
Another wine on the list hailing from France, the Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru 2012 is one of the most recently produced wines on the list. Featuring amazing balanced flavor of flowers and fruits. Additionally, the soft tannins in the wine create a beautiful mouthfeel. The hot finish to the summer brought out the sweetness in the grapes grown. This 2012 vintage costs nearly $15,000 per bottle.
Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992
The Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 is one of the most famous bottles of wine in existence. The most expensive vintage on the list, Screaming Eagle has sold at auction for upwards for half a million dollars ($500,000+). Furthermore, produced in Napa Valley, California; this is truly a jewel in the crown of American winemakers. Additionally, Screaming Eagle features oak flavors, with hints of licorice, vanilla, chocolate, and blackcurrant. Ultimately, this is one of the most sought-after wines ever.
Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru 1990
This rare wine is one of the best Pinot Noirs in existence. Hailing from the vineyards of Le Musigny, the storied winemakers have truly proved their worth once again. In fact, it is said that only 380 bottles of this Pinot Noir were produced. The amazing quality, brand-name, and scarcity of this vintage contribute to the wines nearly $12,000 price-tag. This is among one of the looked-for rare wines!
Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru 1990
As 1990 was an amazing vintage year in many parts of France, this bottle is the result of beautifully grown grapes and perfect conditions. With its sister bottle produced nearly 40 years earlier on this list, the quality of this wine producer is cemented. An amazing Pinot Noir, this rarest of wines comes at a price of $7,500!
Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru 1949 (Cote de Nuits, France)
Another Domaine Leroy on this list. This $6,000 vintage was grown in an incredibly dry year. The dryness of the season brought out unique flavors in the wine, making it unique even among wines on this list. Furthermore, only 700 bottles were produced. The first significant vintage this storied winery produced since the end of World War 2; this vintage has incredibly significant historic value as well.
Ultimately, these rare wines are prized by wine connoisseurs and amateurs alike. Few people on earth have the opportunity to own, let alone taste these rare wines. Furthermore, those who do keep their secretive nature in check. In addition to the price tag, all of these rare wines hold unique properties and flavors that may never be recreated again.