At Cork Bar & Restaurant, we strive to bring you an affordable, memorable experience, enjoying our finest wines and flavorful dishes. However, there are some people around the world who go the extra mile with their choice of vino. Check out some of the most expensive wines ever bought or sold around the world.
A bottle of French Burgundy wine became the most expensive wine ever sold at auction in 2018. It was originally estimated to sell for around $32,000; however, the seventy-plus-year-old wine sold for a record $558,000. The value of the wine comes from the fact that it is one of only 600 bottles to be created at the Romanee-Conti Vineyard prior to the vines being uprooted and replaced. The wine is still made at the vineyard today and sells for $19,000 a bottle.
1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
This American wine sold for an incredible $500,000 at a charity auction in 2000. One of the reasons that this wine is so valuable is due to the fact that during bottling, the wine was not filtered — leaving the wine with a raw quality.
1947 Cheval Blanc
This bottle of Bordeaux created by Chateau Cheval Blanc sold for $304,375 at a Christie’s auction. What makes it so sought after is the fact that its flavor cannot be replicated. The unique flavor of the wine is due to bad weather causing technical problems. The creators thought the wine was ruined by the unfortunate season, however, the flavor was immaculate and has become iconic.
Often, buying wine is an investment, especially when the bottle is already somewhat old when you acquire it. Well, that’s what the following, and unfortunate, people thought when they spent incredible amounts of money on bottles that would not last long enough to prove their worth.
1787 Chateau Margaux
This bottle of vintage wine was once owned by former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Eventually, the bottle came to be in the possession of William Solokin, who priced it at $225,000 and took it out for dinner one night at a Four Season Hotel. During dinner, a waiter bumped into the table, causing the irreplaceable wine to fall and shatter before Solokin even had a sip.
1787 Chateau Lafite
Another bottle from Jefferson’s collection that also included his initials, this 1787 Chateau Lafite was purchased by Malcolm Forbes, son of Forbes Magazine founder B. C. Forbes, in 1985 for a hefty $156,450.
Sadly, Forbes never got to taste the vintage wine. The spotlights that he had in the glass case where the wine was stored dried out the cork and destroyed the wine, essentially rendering it worthless. Seems like Jefferson wine is just unlucky!