The World’s Most Expensive Champagnes


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


The World’s Most Expensive Fortified Wines


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

The World’s Most Expensive Whiskeys


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