The 100 most expensive bottles on the market

Of the 100 most expensive bottles sold online by iDealwine during the first half of 2014, Bordeaux was best represented with 60 wines, followed by Burgundy with 37. One champagne and two matured spirits were also included in the Top 100.

Mouton Rothschild 1945Is Bordeaux stalling at fine wine auctions? Not exactly! The most famous Pomerol and first growths of the left bank took the lead with 60 bottles included in the Top 100 of the most expensive bottles sold by iDealwine during the first half of 2014. Yet, Burgundy is distinguished by the high level of prices realised, with the region dominating eight of the top 10 places.

From Bordeaux, the top spot is occupied by an iconic bottle – Château Mouton Rothschild 1945, sold for €9,081. But it is still Petrus, which is becoming the star at auctions for wine from this region, with 33 vintages featured in the Top 100!

The excitement surrounding the wines of Lafite Rothschild has settled down, with only four vintages in the Top 100, including three collector’s items: a 1982 (in 30th place) and 1951 magnum (64th). However, among the more recent vintages, 2000 proved popular, with four classed wines present: Petrus (14th), Ausone (74th), Lafite (89th) and Mouton Rothschild (100th).

Among the Sauternes, only Château d’Yquem was included, with five vintages including the 2001 in magnum. The rarities were widely rewarded, with wines from Lafleur (1947, 1950 and 1975) and Le Pin (1996 and 1998) also listed.

Burgundy’s DRC and Armand Rousseau: tight competition
37 Burgundy Grand Cru’s made the list, including 13 from Domaine Armand Rousseau and 13 from Domaine Romanée Conti (eight bottles of Romanée Conti, two of La Tâche and three of Montrachet). This includes the Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Le Amoureuses 1978 of Georges Roumier (23rd) and the 1945 Musigny from de Vogüé (34th). Two representatives from Leroy were also included – Richebourg and Romanée Saint-Vivant 1999.

Unsurprisingly, white wines from Corton-Charlemagne of Coche Dury (2005 and 2006), as well as Montrachet of Ramonet (1978) and Comtes Lafon (2002) were also represented (in addition to those of the DRC).

In short, Bordeaux and Burgundy dominates the rankings, conceding small room for Champagne, with a bottle of Cuvée le Mesnil de Salon 1959 in the 44th position. Two other bottles feature in the Top 100: a magnum of Armagnac Vignoble de Jaurrey 1911 (22nd) and, more exotically, a bottle of 1963 rum from Bailly Plantation Lajus du Carbet, in the 82nd position.

The Top 100 most expensive bottles sold at online auction – first half of 2014:

Ranking The Top 100 most expensive bottles Auction price VAT incl (per unit) Client
1 Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 (Bottle) €9,081 Professional (FR)
2 Romanée-Conti GC – DRC 1996 (Bottle) €8,020 Professional (FR)
3 Romanée-Conti GC – DRC 2004 (Bottle) €6,600 Private (HK)
4 Romanée-Conti GC – DRC 1986 (Bottle) €6,000 Private (CH)
5 Romanée-Conti GC – DRC 1983 (Bottle) €5,760 Private (CH)
6 Romanée-Conti GC – DRC 1969 (Bottle) €5,160 Private (HK)
7 Romanée-Conti GC – DRC 1982 (Bottle) €3,960 Private (CH)
8 Romanée-Conti GC – DRC 1972 (Bottle) €3,600 Professional (FR)
9 Petrus 1961 (Bottle) €3,538 Professional (FR)
10 Chambertin Clos de Bèze GC Clos de Bèze Armand Rousseau 1985 (Magnum) €3,480 Professional (DK)
11 Petrus 2009 (Bottle) €3,479 Private (FR)
12 Romanée-Conti GC – DRC 1975 (Bottle) €3,361 Professional (FR)
13 Petrus 1982 (Bottle) €3,302 Professional (FR)
14 Petrus 2000 (Bottle) €3,302 Professional (RU)
15 Chambertin GC Armand Rousseau 1966 (Bottle) €3,120 Private (FR)
16 Montrachet GC – DRC 2009 (Bottle) €2,949 Private (FR)
17 Petrus 1990 (Bottle) €2,880 Professional (FR)
18 Chambertin Clos de Bèze GC Clos de Bèze Armand Rousseau 1990 (Magnum) €2,760 Professional (DK)
19 Montrachet GC – DRC 2004 (Bottle) €2,760 Professional (FR)
20 Petrus 1989 (Bottle) €2,760 Professional (FR)
21 Château Haut Brion 1945 (Bottle) €2,500 Professional (MC)
22 Armagnac Vignoble de Jaurrey 1911 (Magnum) €2,400 Professional (MC)
23 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses Domaine Georges Roumier 1978 (Bottle) €2,359 Private (FR)
24 Chambertin Clos de Bèze GC Clos de Bèze Armand Rousseau 1971 (Bottle) €2,340 Professional (FR)
25 Petrus 2005 (Bottle) €2,340 Professional (FR)
26 Petrus 1950 (Bottle) €2,186 Private (BE)
27 La Tâche GC – DRC 1959 (Bottle) €2,160 Private (CH)
28 Chambertin GC Armand Rousseau 1969 (Bottle) €2,160 Professional (FR)
29 Petrus 1947 (Bottle) €2,123 Professional (US)
30 Château Lafite Rothschild 1982 (Bottle) €2,123 Professional (CH)
31 Château Haut Brion 1945 (Bottle) €2,123 Professional (FR)
32 La Tâche GC – DRC 2010 (Bottle) €2,123 Professional (FR)
33 Petrus 1998 (Bottle) €2,123 Professional (FR)
34 Musigny GC Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé 1945 (Bottle) €2,040 Professional (FR)
35 Château d’Yquem 1921 – Bottled by Vandermeulen (Bottle) €2,005 Private (BE)
36 Corton-Charlemagne GC Domaine Coche Dury 2005 (Bottle) €1,890 Private (CH)
37 Montrachet GC Domaine Ramonet 1978 (Bottle) €1,887 Private (FR)
38 Petrus 1976 (Magnum) €1,828 Private (HK)
39 Petrus 2008 (Bottle) €1,828 Professional (RU)
40 Petrus 1964 (Bottle) €1,800 Professional (FR)
41 Montrachet GC – DRC 1998 (Bottle) €1,800 Private (CH)
42 Chambertin GC Armand Rousseau 1990 (Magnum) €1,800 Professional (DK)
43 Château Lafleur 1975 (Bottle) €1,769 Professional (FR)
44 Champagne Salon Cuvée le Mesnil Cuvée Brut 1959 (Bottle) €1,769 Private (FR)
45 Petrus 1958 (Bottle) €1,740 Private (FR)
46 Petrus 2003 (Bottle) €1,651 Private (FR)
47 Château Latour 1947 (Bottle) €1,569 Professional (FR)
48 Petrus 2011 (Bottle) €1,560 Professional (FR)
49 Petrus 2001 (Bottle) €1,533 Private (MC)
50 Château d’Yquem 1928 (Bottle) €1,500 Professional (FR)
51 Petrus 1999 (Bottle) €1,476 Private (MC)
52 Petrus 2006 (Bottle) €1,474 Private (MC)
53 Chambertin Clos de Bèze GC Clos de Bèze Armand Rousseau 1972 (Bottle) €1,440 Professional (FR)
54 Château Latour 1959 (Bottle) €1,415 Private (LU)
55 Chambertin GC Armand Rousseau 1990 (Bottle) €1,415 Professional (FR)
56 Chambertin Clos de Bèze GC Clos de Bèze Armand Rousseau 1990 (Bottle) €1,415 Professional (FR)
57 Richebourg GC Domaine Leroy 1999 (Bottle) €1,415 Private (FR)
58 Petrus 2004 (Bottle) €1,415 Private (FR)
59 Corton-Charlemagne GC Domaine Coche Dury 2006 (Bottle) €1,380 Private (CH)
60 Petrus 1996 (Bottle) €1,368 Private (FR)
61 Petrus 1988 (Bottle) €1,368 Private (FR)
62 Petrus 1995 (Bottle) €1,356 Private (FR)
63 Montrachet GC Domaine Ramonet 1989 (Bottle) €1,356 Private (FR)
64 Château Lafite Rothschild 1951 (Magnum) €1,320 Professional (FR)
65 Château d’Yquem 1958 (Bottle) €1,320 Professional (MC)
66 Château Lafite Rothschild 1982 (Bottle) €1,297 Professional (CH)
67 Château d’Yquem 2001 (Magnum) €1,272 Professional (FR)
68 Petrus 1993 (Bottle) €1,260 Private (HK)
69 Chambertin GC Armand Rousseau 1976 (Bottle) €1,260 Professional (HK)
70 Petrus 2007 (Bottle) €1,260 Private (MC)
71 Château d’Yquem 1938 (Bottle) €1,238 Private (BE)
72 Château le Pin 1998 (Bottle) €1,200 Professional (CH)
73 Château Latour 2009 (Bottle) €1 200 Private (MC)
74 Château Ausone 2000 (Bottle) €1,200 Private (MC)
75 Petrus 1975 (Bottle) €1,179 Private (DK)
76 Petrus 1985 (Bottle) €1,179 Private (FR)
77 Petrus 1994 (Bottle) €1,179 Professional (FR)
78 Château Margaux 1945 (Bottle) €1,179 Professional (FR)
79 Château Lafleur 1950 (Bottle) €1,179 professional (IT)
80 Château Latour à Pomerol 1961 – Bottled by MG Lafitte – (Bottle) €1,179 Professional (FR)
81 Château le Pin 1996 (Bottle) €1,179 Private (HK)
82 Rum Bailly Plantation Lajus du Carbet 1963 (Bottle) €1,179 Private (IT)
83 Montrachet GC Domaine des Comtes Lafon 2002 (Bottle) €1,168 Professional (FR)
84 Petrus 1986 (Bottle) €1,140 Private (FR)
85 Petrus 1992 (Bottle) €1,140 Private (HK)
86 Petrus 1997 (Bottle) €1,120 Private (PT)
87 Château Haut Brion 1928 (Bottle) €1,120 Private (US)
88 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques Domaine Armand Rousseau 1989 (Magnum) €1,120 Professional (DE)
89 Château Lafite Rothschild 2000 (Bottle) €1,113 Professional (UK)
90 Musigny Grand Cru Domaine Drouhin 2009 (Magnum) €1,092 Professional (FR)
91 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques Domaine Armand Rousseau 1969 (Bottle) €1,080 Private (FR)
92 Petrus 1983 (Bottle) €1,068 Professional (FR)
93 Château Mouton Rothschild 2005 (Magnum) €1,061 Private (FR)
94 Château Lafleur 1947 (Bottle) €1,061 Private (CH)
95 Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1959 (Bottle) €1,061 Private (DK)
96 Chambertin Grand Cru Armand Rousseau 2010 (Bottle) €1,061 Professional (FR)
97 Petrus 1976 (Bottle) €1,056 Professional (FR)
98 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru Domaine Leroy 1999 (Bottle) €1,050 Professional (FR)
99 Chambertin Grand Cru Bernard Dugat-Py 1999 (Bottle) €1,050 Professional (DK)
100 Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 (Bottle) €1,044 Private (FR)

Details:
1. Wines present on this list may have been sold as individual units or in a batch consisting of several bottles of the same wine. However, boxes and mixed batches were not included in this list.
2. Some wines were auctioned several times for the same price in more than one online sale.

Translated from the original French article written by Angelique de Lencquesaing for iDealwine

 

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