Wine Searcher recently published a list of the most expensive wines in the world in the year 2015, which first 10 positions can be seen below. As expected, the top positions are dominated by French wines, an international benchmark in terms of wine investment.
- Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits (France) at $ 13,580: This wine is made from Pinot Noir. This makes it the most expensive wine; its price has increased these past 3 years and is one of the most popular in Europe and Asia. Made from Pinot Noir.
- Domaine de la Romanee Conti Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits (France) at $ 13,196: The critics have named it one of the top 5 French wines; The Wine Advocate gave the 2012 vintage a score of 99 and Jancis Robinson gave the 2012 vintage a score of 19/20. Its price gradually increased the last three years to become the second most expensive Burgundy. Made from Pinot Noir in Romanee-Conti, a Grand Cru vineyards site (and the corresponding designation of origin) of the sub-region of Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits.
- Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, Vosne Romanee Conti Grand Cru (France) at $ 8,473: Rated by the critics as one of the top 5 Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux wines, it is the second most expensive Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru wine. Its price has risen in the last year. Cros Parantoux is one of the most respected areas in Vosne-Romanee, considered by many to be worthy of Grand Cru status. It is located on the slopes above the Richebourg Grand Cru climat, and like its famous neighbour, is used to plant Pinot Noir.
- Ego Muller Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel (Germany) at $ 6,924: This is the white wine with the highest price in Germany and the third most popular. In the past three years the price has increased. Made from Riesling in Wiltingen, a small but important town in the Saar river. Wiltingen has three vineyards that have been classified by the VDP as Erste Lage – Scharzhofberger, Braunfels and Gottesfuss.
- Domaine eFlaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune (France) at $ 5,769: This is the white wine with the highest price of Cote de Beaune. Its price has been rising in the last three years. Made from Chardonnay.
- Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits (France) at $ 4,935: This wine is the most expensive of Chambolle-Musigny. In the past three years its price has increased. Made from Pinot Noir (the key red wine grape in Burgundy) in Le Musigny, a Grand Cru vineyard in the heart of the wine region of Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits.
- Jon. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel (Germany) at $ 4,867: This is the third best rated wine by The Wine Spectator and the second most expensive in Germany. Made from Riesling in Wehlen, one of the most popular villages in the Germany’s Mosel wine region, located just under the waters of Bernkastel-Keus and Graach, and immediately before Zeltingen.
- Domaine de la Romanee Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune (France) at $ 4,458: Rated by The Wine Advocate as one of the top 5 Puligny-Montrachet wines, has received more awards than any other wine from this region. Made from the Chardonnay variety in the Montrachet vineyard, the crown jewel of Burgundy white wines.
- Domaine LeRoy Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits (France) at $ 4,454: This is the second most expensive wine of Chambolle-Musigny, its price has increased over the past three years. Made from Pinot Noir in Le Musigny, a Grand Cru vineyard in the heart of the wine region of Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits. As its name suggests, it is located in the parish of Chambolle-Musigny. This vineyard has played an important role in local life – so much so that in 1882, its name is added to the village name (originally only “Chambolle”). The vineyard was officially classified as Musigny Grand Cru in 1936.
- Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin, Rhone (France) $ 4,131: This is the third French wine with the highest rating at The Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. This is the most expensive wine of Rhone, in the last two years the price has been trending upward. Made from Syrah, a dark skin red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly discussed, but its modern home is certainly the Rhone Valley in north-eastern France.
For our part, today we propose two wines from France that you’ll love, although not listed in this luxurious classification:
Château Talbot Double Magnum 2004: a red wine with this DO: Saint-Julien with the best bunches of petit verdot and merlot from the 2004 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 13º.
Château Pavie Saint Emillion 2004: a wine red with the Saint-Emilion DO from the 2004 harvest and 14º of alcohol strength.
*Image: Alin Zelenco