The most expensive champagne bottle in the world has a logo crafted out of 18 karat white gold and has a flawless 19-carat white diamond embedded right in its center!
We all pop a bottle of bubbly from time to time, but we reserve the most expensive champagne for special occasions worth celebrating…graduations, anniversaries, weddings and even multi-million dollar business deals.
Champagne has become synonymous with celebrating and it originated from France, where it was first produced in the 17th century as a celebratory drink for French nobility.
Dom Pierre Pérignon, a French Benedictine monk, later perfected the champagne making process and made the alcoholic drink very popular among the royals of the world.
Champagne is simply sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne…
In order for sparkling wine to be classified as champagne, it has to be produced in the Champagne region of France – only then, can it be classified as Champagne.
The most expensive champagne is primarily exported to the United Kingdom and the United States. China, Japan and Australia are the top secondary markets for expensive champagne.
Just like any luxury product in the world…you find can similar items at affordable prices, but in today’s society – people don’t buy expensive champagne bottles because they like the taste…it has become a status symbol, it’s meant to signify social class and wealth.
The champagne industry makes over US$5 billion a year! Each and every year, over 33,000 hectares in the Champagne region, produce enough grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, to produce over 260 million bottles of champagne!
Some of the most expensive champagne bottles on this top ten list, are adorned with diamonds and gold, some come in gargantuan sized bottles, while others are hundreds of years old…
The above stated factors all contribute to the inflated prices of these bubbly drinks.
What’s interesting is the fact…that the price of a champagne bottle alters how the brain perceives its taste and aroma…
An interesting experiment was conducted with a panel of wine experts. In the 1st test they were blindfolded and offered various samples of cheap and expensive champagne – they were then asked to rank the samples according to their preference of taste and aroma, they were also tasked with ranking the samples from the cheapest to the most expensive.
In the 2nd test, the blindfolds were removed and the wine experts were then handed cheap and expensive bottles of champagne to conduct taste tests, they were told the samples they were given earlier were not from the bottles they were now given, but in fact they were.
So, here are the Results of the Study:
In the 1st test, 75% of the wine experts preferred the taste and aroma of the cheaper champagne, and they subsequently ranked them as being the expensive ones.
In the 2nd test, now knowing the price of the champagne they were drinking, 90% of the wine experts preferred the expensive champagne…
It seems, knowing how expensive a particular bottle costs – makes it taste better!
What’s even more surprising is that only 5% of the wine experts could tell that they were drinking the same exact bottles of champagne as in the 1st test!
So, what does this tell us…these wine snobs really have no clue what they’re talking about and that expensive wine is really not worth the price…if you disagree, please share your opinion with us in the comment section below.
Now, let’s get started with our countdown of the most expensive champagne bottles in the world!
Shipwrecked Champagne — US$14,182 per bottle
Back in 2010, a team of Swedish divers stumbled upon a rare find while exploring a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. What they discovered, was a box containing 200-year old vintage champagne!
Most of of the intact champagne bottles were from the Houses of Juglar, Veuve Clicquot and Heidsieck. The divers salvaged 168 bottles in total and some of these feature further down on our countdown.
In 2012, a case of 11 champagne bottles from the shipwreck were sold at an auction for US$156,000 – fetching a price of US$14,182 per bottle – making it the 10th most expensive champagne in the world.
This cache of vintage champagne is possibly the oldest in the world and is definitely a collector’s item.
Cristal – Brut – Millennium Cuveé Methuselah — (1990) — US$18,800
The Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuveé Methuselah is the 9th most expensive champagne bottle in the world.
Only 2,000 of these Methuselah bottles were made to celebrate the turn of the millennium, and they’re said to have a “unique blend and distinct taste.”
So what exactly is a Methuselah you ask? Well, a Methuselah is a 6-liter bottle that contains the equivalent content of 8 normal-sized bottles of champagne.
This particular bottle in question fetched a price of $18,800 US dollars at an auction in 2005.
Krug — (1928) — US$21,200
The 1928 Krug was a favorite of King George VI and it’s one of the most expensive champagne in the international market.
This distinctly rich fermented vintage is said to have been stored in the Krug cellars for decades and when they were auctioned off in 2009, one particular bottle of this harvest fetched a price of US$21,200 – making it the 8th most expensive champagne bottle in the world.
The rare 1928 Krug is said to be composed of 22% Chardonnay, 8% Pinot Meunier and 70% Pinot Noir.
So-called wine experts claim the vintage to have a “fullness of flavors and aromas.”
Veuve Clicquot — (1841) — US$34,000
Remember the shipwrecked champagne we talked about earlier, 46 of these were from the House of Veuve Clicquot Grand Marque.
Out of these 46 shipwrecked bottles, only 3 were from a 1841 harvest and they were still in good condition. One 1841 Veuve Clicquot bottle was auctioned off for US$34,000 – making it the 7th most expensive champagne bottle in the world.
The profits from the sale of the bottle were donated to non-profit organizations in the field of environmental and marine conservation.
Veuve Clicquot is still a recognizable brand today and they are internationally known for their expensive champagne.
Dom Perignon Rosé — (1959) — US$42,350
Only 306 bottles of the 1959 Dom Perignon Rosé were ever produced. In 1971, the Shah of Iran had ordered all of these vintage bottles for the 2500th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great.
Two of these vintage bottles managed to find their way to New York, where they were auctioned off for US$84,700 in 2008, for a cost of US$42,350 per bottle – making it the 6th most expensive champagne bottle in the world.
Nobody really knows if more 1959 Dom Perignon Rosé bottles still exist. This very rare vintage is said to be composed of two grape varieties – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Juglar Cuveé — (1820) — US$43,500
We’re back to that shipwrecked champagne again.
Out of the 168 champagne bottles that were salvaged, 95 were from the House of Juglar Cuveé – a 1820 harvest.
Juglar Cuveé is now defunct and had closed down during the 1840’s, making their champagne extremely rare and collectible.
One of these 1820 Juglar Cuveé shipwrecked bottles fetched a price of US$43,500 at an auction and was said to have an “exquisite and distinct flavor.”
The 1820 Juglar Cuveé is the 5th most expensive champagne bottle in the world.
Dom Perignon – Rose Gold Methuselah — (1996) — US$49,000
Only 35 bottles were ever produced and each 6-liter bottle is plated with real actual GOLD!
The 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah costs US$49,000 – making it the 4th most expensive champagne bottle in the world.
Hollywood director, David Lynch, designed the bottle and it was produced by the legendary French House of Moet & Chandon.
Each vintage rosé comes in a distinct case and said to have “distinct aromatic smoky accents” and is reported to be “strong, radiant and sharp, with a firm finish.”
Armand de Brignac – Brut — 15 Litre — (2011) — US$90,000
Jay Z, one of the top 10 richest rappers in the world, owns this champagne brand and it’s one of his biggest earners.
The 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-liter brut bottle will set you back US$90,000 – making it the 3rd most expensive champagne bottle in the world!
This “Ace of Spades” bottle is a favorite of high net worth individuals who enjoy having a ball in Las Vegas.
The Dallas Mavericks once bought this gigantic bottle to celebrate their Championship win.
The handcrafted bottle comes in a decorative box that is embellished with the famous insignia of the brand.
Armand de Brignac – Rosé Midas — 30 Litre — (2013) — US$275,000
This colossal bottle debuted in 2013 at a party hosted for Jay Z in Las Vegas.
The Armand de Brignac rosé 30-liter Midas weighs a whopping 100-pounds and stands 4-feet tall! It holds the equivalent content of 40 normal-sized bottles.
Each Midas costs a jaw dropping $275,000 US dollars, making it the 2nd most expensive champagne bottle in the world!
A team of just 8 people are involved from harvesting all the way to bottling at the Armand de Brignac family house in Chigny-les-Roses.
Due to the labor-intensive production methods, only an extremely limited number of the Rosé Midas is available.
Taste of Diamonds – Gout de Diamants — (2013) — US$2.07 Million
“Gout de Diamants” – is french for – “Taste of Diamonds.”
The Goût de Diamants champagne is constantly voted the best champagne in France and the limited edition bottle costs an astronomical US$2.07 million – making it the most expensive champagne bottle in the world!
The champagne is made out of grapes of Grand Cru Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Goût de Diamants collaborated with Nigerian luxury designer, Alexander Amosu, to handcraft its signature logo out of 18 karat solid white gold and that’s not all – a flawless 19-carat white diamond is embedded right in the center of the logo!
And there you have it folks…the top 10 most expensive champagne bottles in the world…
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