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What Is the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine?

The world’s most expensive bottle of wine is a 2009 Bordeaux from Château Margaux, which retailed for $195,000 US Dollars (USD) in 2013. It is sold at the Dubai International Airport. Part of what makes the wine so expensive is the size of the bottle, which holds 3 gallons (12 liters) instead of the standard 25 ounces (750 milliliters). The high price tag for the Château Margaux’s 2009 Bordeaux also includes a first class flight to privately tour the vineyard and a dinner with the maker of the wine. Only six bottles of the wine were produced, and only half were released to the public for sale.

More about expensive wine:

  • The most expensive wine ever sold at auction was a bottle of 1947 French Cheval-Blanc in Switzerland that went for approximately $304,375 USD in 2010.

  • Eight out of the top 10 most expensive wines in the world are from the Burgundy region of France, as well as 37 of the top 50, according to 2013 figures.

  • The record for the highest wine purchase was in 2010, when $70,000 USD worth of wine was purchased at a fine wine shop in the Dubai International Airport.

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Euroxati
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The last sentence of this wine topic is what caught my attention the most. Considering how only six bottles were produced, and that only half of it was available to the public, it really makes you wonder who could afford it anyway, unless you're a millionaire that is. Between paying bills and balancing your job, would anyone really be willing to buy a bottle of wine for $195,000? Even if they could afford every last penny.

RoyalSpyder
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@Krunchyman - You make some very good points about wine being expensive. This is just my opinion, but it seems like something that for the most part, only the rich can afford.

Not to get off topic, but speaking of expensive items, reading this article reminds me of an experience that I had with caviar, another very expensive food/drink item.

While it's not the same thing as wine, they're still both very expensive items that one should only consider getting if they can afford the money.

A few years ago, when I was at a five-star restaurant, I was browsing through the menu, and happened to notice some caviar. Though I don't quite remember the price, I do remember that it was incredibly expensive, even more so than the other foods that were on the menu.

How does caviar relate to the article? Well, along with the world's most expensive bottle of wine, caviar is another "delicacy" brand that one shouldn't take lightly. Did you know in some cases, buying caviar (online) can even cost upwards of five thousand dollars?

Krunchyman
Post 1

While I know that wine can be very expensive, I didn't know that the price could go to this level. On another note, I've also wondered why wine is always so expensive in the first place.

I know that the article clearly mentions the reason for this expense of wine, but on the other hand, I have been to many restaurants before, and wine has been the one of the main things that have nearly drained my money.

Though this is just a guess, I'm assuming that wine is so expensive because of how "delicate" it is.

In other words, it can best be described as fermented grapes. On top of all this, the longer that wine sits out, the better the quality becomes. Based on all of these reasons, it's not hard to see why wine comes at such a high price.

Overall though, I feel like wine is something you should only buy if you can truly afford it. There's no point in wasting money on something you don't really want.

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