The World’s Most Expensive Champagnes

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1. Boërl & Kroff Brut Barging to the top of the list with an average price tag of $2809 per bottle, this wine comes from a collaboration between a cork maker, a web marketer and Michel Drappier of the eponymous Champagne house. Made with grapes from three small vineyards comprising less than a hectare of land, it’s the kind of Champagne you expect to be expensive and it doesn’t disappoint. The average price is the bottle equivalent, as it is only available in large formats.
2. Krug Clos d’Ambonnay A reliably expensive wine from a legendary house, this was top of the list last year. This blanc de noirs comes from a tiny (.67ha) Pinot Noir vineyard and so far only four vintages have been released. The critics love it, obviously, and the average price ($2383) has actually fallen in the past five years. Bargain!
3. Boërl & Kroff Rosé A blend of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir and made in the saignée style, this also is available only in large-format bottles, so be prepared to pay roughly twice the average bottle price of $2067. That said, if you want to try the range without breaking the bank, there’s a Boërl & Kroff B de Boërl & Kroff Brut available for a tasty $296.
4. Dom Pérignon Plénitude 3 Brut This is down from #2 last year, but it still heads up a quintet of Dom wines on this list. The Plénitude series involves releasing a vintage in tranches and the Plénitude 3 is released some 20-30 years after vintage, so you can understand the $1632 price tag.
5. Dom Pérignon Plénitude 3 Rosé It’s nip and tuck on the list between this wine and its Brut stablemate, even though the Rosé didn’t feature on last year’s list, due to insufficient available vintages. This year it has rectified the omission and lands squarely in the middle of the list with an average price of $1550.
6. Dom Pérignon Œnothèque Rosé This was Dom’s aged vintage release before the Plénitudes turned up and there’s still quite a bit of it available. The critics love it and the $1097 average price tag reflects that. That price is unlikely to go down, either, as they aren’t making this label anymore.
7. Krug Clos du Mesnil This blanc de blancs style wine is made from Chardonnay grown in a single, walled vineyard that has been planted since 1698, so you’d expect this to carry a hefty price tag. It’s down two places on the list from year, but the price has crept up to four figures, resting at $1052.
8. Dom Pérignon Reserve de L’Abbaye Another mark on the board for Dom, with a rare wine that has become somewhat more visible in recent years. It has fallen from fourth place in last year’s list, but has also – surprisingly – fallen in price, from an average of $989 to $981. Not much, we know, but every little helps.
9. Dom Pérignon Plénitude 2 Rosé Younger than it’s P3 stablemate, but this still gets a decade longer on lees than the standard vintage Dom, so price is always going to be a factor. However, at $799 per bottle on average, this wine has only jumped by $40 or so in the past year.
10. Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Française Blanc de Noirs It would hardly be a Champagne article without the family-owned house of Bollinger and this, the top offering, is made from two blocks of pre-phylloxera vines. With a production run of around 3500 bottles, the $775 average price tag is actually pretty reasonable.

An article from Wine Searcher by Don Kavanagh
https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/08/the-world-s-most-expensive-champagnes

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The World’s Most Expensive Fortified Wines

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1. Seppeltsfield Para Tawny, Barossa Valley Australia’s most expensive wine and just shading it as the world’s most expensive fortified wine, this is a genuinely extraordinary creation. Made from a blend of Shiraz and Grenache and fortified in the Port style, the available vintages stretch back to 1879, and many get top marks from influential critics. The average price of $6419 is based on the bottle size, but this is only available in 100ml servings.

2. Graham’s Ne Oublie Port “Ne Oublie” means “never forget” and few people will forget forking out an average of $6106 for a non-vintage Port. However, there are only three barrels of this wine and the grapes were picked in 1892, so perhaps the price is a little more understandable. One barrel was bottled, with the other two to be assessed in 2025.

3. Taylor Fladgate Scion Vintage Port There are only four vintages of this Port available, stretching from 2000 back to 1850. That rarity partly explains the $2920 average price, but the real rarity value comes from grapes growing on ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines. For such a relatively rare wine, its availability and price have remained remarkably stable over the past five years.

4. Quinta do Vallado Adelaide Tributa Port This wine was made from two 550-liter casks of 1866 Port, which were bottled straight from the barrel in 2012. It has actually come down in price since release, falling from an average of $3494 in December 2012 to $2907 today.

5. Real Companhia Velha Quinta das Carvalhas Memories Port Very well liked by the critics (Wine Advocate gave it a 96, Wine Spectator a 99), this only hit the market this year. Still, it carries an average critic score of 95 and an average price of $2500. Probably a good investment, as it’s drinking window doesn’t close for another 50 years or so.

6. Ferreira Garrafeira Port Wine-Searcher lists six vintages of this wine on offer, all of them from the 19th Century – it’s odd to think that the youngest of these wines was made in the same year that Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address and Henry Ford was born. It’s been stable in price for five years and currently has an average price of $1642.

7. Diez Hermanos Diez Ultra Port We’re not sure how much longer this wine will feature on the list, given that there are only six vintages remaining, and the youngest is the 1951. That probably explains why its average price is at an all-time high of $1632.

8. Niepoort VV Old Tawny Port This is a non-vintage wine from a well-known and respected Port house, that took a huge jump in price in early 2013, when the average price leapt from $400 to $2000. It has been pretty constant since then, settling at $1573.

9. Wine & Soul 5G Port This wine was laid down by winemaker Jorge Serôdio Borges’s great-great-grandfather, which explains the 5G – five generations. Made at the Quinta da Manoella estate, this rare wine (only 1200 bottles were released) will set you back an average of $1428.

10. Burmester Rio Torto Reserva Port The Burmester house dates back to 1730 and is now owned by the Sogevinus group (owners of Cálem, among others). This wine is made from grapes grown beside a tributary of the Douro (the Rio Torto of the title) and is a relative newcomer to the scene, first appearing in October last year. For all its youth, it will sting your wallet for an average of $1418.

An article from Wine Searcher by Don Kavanagh
https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/08/the-world-s-most-expensive-fortified-wines

The World’s Most Expensive Whiskeys

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1. The Macallan Lalique 57-Year-Old Single Malt, Speyside

2. The Macallan Lalique 62-Year-Old Single Malt, Speyside

3. The Macallan Lalique VI 65-year-Old Single Malt, Speyside

Macallan has marketed itself as “the Rolls-Royce of single malts” for decades and it’s kind of hard to argue. It’s been a superstar distillery since its foundation in 1824, and one of the few to have never closed in the intervening 193 years. It built its reputation on the quality of the spirit flowing from its small stills, and the use of Oloroso Sherry casks for maturation. They don’t just use Sherry casks anymore, but the spirit in these bottlings, presented in specially designed Lalique decanters, were and they have set a new standard for (relatively) readily available whiskey prices at $54,848, $53,077 and $44,793 respectively.

4. The Dalmore 50-Year-Old Single Malt, Highlands Dalmore is based in Alness, overlooking the Cromarty Firth in Scotland’s northern Highlands and is one of the most respected distillers in the country, providing the base for the popular Whyte & Mackay blend for almost 150 years. The average price has more than doubled in the past year to $44,226, but it does come with its own decanter.

5. The Balvenie 50-Year-Old Single Malt, Speyside The sister distillery to the more famous Glenfiddich, Balvenie refuses to take second place when it comes to price. The vast majority of Balvenie has been gobbled up by blends down the years, before being launched as a single malt in 1973. This expression has become gradually more available over the past five years, but it has also climbed to an average price of $35,526.

6. Gordon & MacPhail Generations Mortlach 75-Year-Old Single Malt, Speyside An independent bottling of one of Scotland’s great distilleries – it was where Glenfiddich founder William Grant learned the whiskey trade – bottled by one of Scotland’s oldest independent bottlers. Probably the oldest whiskey available on the open market, this comes in a crystal teardrop decanter and will set you back an average of $32,200.

7. Johnnie Walker 1805 The Celebration Blue Label Scotch At last, a blend – and what a blend. A cask strength bottling, made from 45-70-year-old malts, this was originally intended as a special bottling produced for people the company deemed had made an extraordinary contribution to modern life, which explains its $30,689 average price tag.

8. Glenfiddich Rare Collection 50-Year-Old Single Malt, Speyside It wouldn’t be a whiskey list without some mention of Glenfiddich, the pioneers of the single malt category. This is a ridiculously well-presented package, with the bottle decorated with Scottish silver and housed in a leather and silk case; with only 500 bottles released, it’s surprising value at $27,644.

9. The Glenlivet Winchester Collection 50-Year-Old Single Malt, Speyside The Glenlivet was the first licensed distillery in Scotland and this 1966 vintage bottling is a nice tribute to the trailblazers. It is named for the Glenlivet’s master distiller and limited to 100 bottles, hence the $25,515 average price.

10. The Macallan Fine & Rare Vintage Single Malt, Speyside The fourth Macallan entry is available in a variety of vintages going right back to 1937. Curiously, even though it is the most widely available bottle on the list, it has continued to shoot up in price, rising from an average of $6884 in 2012 to $27,784 today.

An article from Wine Searcher by Don Kavanagh
https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/08/the-world-s-most-expensive-whiskeys

The World’s Most Expensive Nebbiolos

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The list of the top 10 most expensive Nebbiolos.

1. Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva Not just the most expensive Nebbiolo in the world, but the most expensive Italian wine in the world, and quite some distance ahead of second-placed Masseto. The wine is only made in exceptional years and even then 7000 bottles is about the limit, so tiny production makes for expensive wines.

2. Gaja Sori San Lorenzo Langhe-Barbaresco A single-vineyard cuvée with an occasional seasoning of Barbera in the mix, this is top-of-the-line wine, with a price tag of $386, almost three times the average for a Langhe Nebbiolo. The critics love it, and it has an overall average score of 95.

3. Gaja Sori Tildin Langhe-Barbaresco A second single-vineyard wine from the famous producer, this can be labeled either Langhe or Barbaresco, depending on the vintage. Again, it’s well liked by the critics (average score is 94) and the $372 average price has remained relatively stable (within a $30 band) for the past five years.

4. Gaja Costa Russi Langhe-Barbaresco The third leg of Gaja’s single-vineyard triple crown, this is – marginally – the least expensive option at $352. This has also been stable over the past five years, although supplies appear to be growing, with offers growing by 50 percent over the same period.

5. Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Asili Roserva Barbaresco It’s a sign of how quickly prices can change that this wine was sitting in second place when I started this article and it is now in fifth. Still, it’s a 94-point wine, on average, with some vintages doing really well – the 2007 was rated 97 by the Wine Advocate. It has an average price tag of $337.

6. Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo A prestigious producer closely associated with the Monprivato Barolo “cru” and a hit with both critics and consumers. Incredibly long-lived wines – the 1967 vintage has a recommended drinking window open until 2019, according to Robert Parker. This wine has actually fallen dramatically in price in the past 12 months, from an average of $425 to today’s $320.

7. Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Le Rocche del Felletto Barolo Bruno Giacosa is a famous figure in Barolo, having started his career buying grapes at the age of 15. This wine is made from grapes owned by the estate, rather than from contract growers. It’s a hit with the critics (95-point average) and a bottle will set you back an average of $282.

8. Elio Altare Unoperuna Barolo One of the more modern Barolo producers, the estate’s history is all rather dramatic, with father and son falling out, son being disinherited after chopping up his father’s tanks with a chainsaw, and finally buying the winery after his father’s death. The wine is more serene, however, with a 92-point critic average and an average price of $251.

9. Bartolo Mascarello Barolo One of Barolo’s great names, the Mascarello estate has been making great wine since 1918. The standard offering is made from grapes grown in five hectares across the classic Barolo vineyards of Cannubi, Rue, San Lorenzo and Rocche. It has an average price of $250, which has doubled in the past five years.

10. Bartolo Mascarello Artist Label Barolo The name refers to a series of hand-painted labels by various artists, and the wine inside is as good as you’d expect from such a prestigious producer. It’s not cheap (average price $241) and it has doubled since 2012, but it is down from its May 2015 peak, when it hit an average of $321.

An article from Wine Searcher by Don Kavanagh
https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/07/the-world-s-most-expensive-nebbiolos

Burgundy’s Most Expensive Red Wines

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The list of the top 10 most expensive Pinot Noirs.

1. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru The daddy of them all and the most expensive generally available wine in the world, with an average price of $15,037 a bottle. That figure has shot up by $1691 in the past years, a jump of 12.67 percent. With only 6000 bottles a year, scarcity ensures the price remains sky high.

2. Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru At rather less than half the price of DRC’s flagship wine, this might appear to be quite a bargain at an average price of $7089, but it has increased in price dramatically in the past year, rising by $1626 – a whopping 29.85 percent.

3. Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru Another of Burgundy’s great names, Roumier’s wines are always sought after. This cuvée comes in at $6197, an increase of $948, or 18 percent on last year.

4. Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru A seriously high-scoring wine (97-point average) with low production volume, and yet it almost seems reasonable at $4128. That’s up by a relatively modest 11 percent, or $409 in monetary terms. However, the average price has almost doubled in the past five years.

5. Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru Leroy’s third wine on the list has appreciated by $532 (17.75 percent) in the past year, hiking its average price to $3536. Like its stablemates, its average price has doubled over five years.

6. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tache This monopole wine has been a favorite among collectors for decades and interest has quickened in the past year, with an additional $535 added to the price tag, a rise of 18.8 percent – the steepest increase in the past five years.

7. Domaine d’Auvenay Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru The domaine is owned outright by Domaine Leroy’s Lalou Bize-Leroy, and subject to increasing interest from collectors. That interest has seen prices rise steadily, with an $853 price rise in the past year. That’s a 34 percent rise, the biggest jump of any wine on the list, and continues a pattern that has seen the price triple in five years.

8. Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanée Grand Cru A relatively new house (founded in 2000, but the family roots go much deeper), and one that is quickly making an impression. The wine has seen a modest average price rise of $196 (6.5 percent) ion the past year, but that’s after rapid acceleration that almost doubled the price between 2012 and 2016.

9. Domaine d’Auvenay Les Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru Made from a small portion of a 15-hectare vineyard, this low-production wine has increased by $322 in the past 12 months, or 12.4 percent. That is the latest leg in a dramatic increase since 2014 that has led to a doubling in price.

10. Domaine Faiveley Musigny Grand Cru Another of the great Burgundy domains, Faiveley’s broad range of wines has introduced many a neophyte to Burgundy. The Musigny increased its price by a relatively modest $200 last year, settling at an average of $2907. That’s in keeping with a steady, if unspectacular rise in prices across the past five years.

An article from Wine Searcher by Don Kavanagh
https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/07/burgundy-s-most-expensive-red-wines