Champagne has long been thought of as the drink of the rich and famous. It is seen being enjoyed by A-list celebrities, it is saved and served on special occasions, and in general, it has been used as a kind of status symbol.
Even though champagne bottles come in all shapes, sizes, and prices, few will ever reach the heights of these 10 most expensive champagnes in the world:
10. Shipwrecked Champagne: $14,181.81 a bottle
A bottle of champagne without a name was found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in 2010. It is the most expensive champagne in the world. In 2012, the case of 11 bottles was auctioned off for $156,000, which is about $14,182 per bottle. It is thought that the contents have been underwater for more than 200 years, but they seem to have held up well. Still, a bottle with such a story is more likely to be displayed than brought to a special event.
9. Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvée Methuselah – $18,800
The ninth most expensive bottle of champagne on our list is one of 2,000. The huge Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvee Methuselah is as big as eight regular-sized bottles. Considering how big this bottle is and how rare it is, the $18,800 price tag is actually a good deal.
8. 1928 Krug – $21,200
The 1928 Krug is the most expensive bottle of champagne ever sold. In 2009, at an auction in Hong Kong held by Acker Merrall & Condit, the bottle sold for $21,200, making it the most expensive bottle of champagne ever sold at auction. People say that the 1928 Krug has been aged for a long time and that it now has apricot and honey notes. A really wonderful piece.
7. 1841 Veuve Clicquot – $34,000
Again, a shipwreck turned up the seventh most expensive champagne in the world. In 2010, 168 bottles were found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea near Finland’s aland archipelago. This 1841 Veuve Clicquot was one of them. These bottles sat 160 feet below the surface for almost 200 years, which was the perfect place to age them. Today, the Veuve Clicquot brand is very popular, and it is very rare to find a well-preserved bottle from 1841. A bottle of champagne that is worth the price tag of $34,000.
6. A bottle of 1959 Dom Perignon costs $42,350
Don Perignon has become a name that stands for quality and pretty high prices…
But what happens when you add age and scarcity to the Don Perignon brand? You’re getting one of the most expensive bottles of champagne ever sold. In 2008, two bottles of Dom Perignon champagne from 1959 sold for an incredible $84,700 ($42,350 each). More than ten years have gone by since then. If these bottles haven’t been used up, they might show up again one day, but they’ll probably be worth a lot more.
5. $43,500 for 1820 Juglar Cuvee
Three of the most expensive champagne bottles on our list were found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. This 1820 Juglar Cuvee not only has a cool story, but it is also very hard to find. The House of Juglar went out of business in the 1840s, so this bottle is a real piece of history. Even though the bottle had been at the bottom of the ocean for more than 200 years, it was still sealed, and the contents seemed to be safe. The bottle was finally sold at auction for a huge $43,500.
4. The $49,000 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah
This 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah is worth $49,000 because it has the perfect blend of taste and style. The huge, gold-plated 16-liter bottle is one of only 35 that have ever been made. It looks great, but that’s not the only thing that draws attention to it. The champagne itself tastes amazing, with sharp notes and a smoky smell. A really good bottle that deserves to be on our list.
3. 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter – $90,000
The next two most expensive champagnes on our list are not vintage, but they have “clout” and size on their side. Jay Z, a popular culture icon, business owner, and rapper, owns the Armand de Brignac (or Ace of Spades) brand. Even though this would make the price go up, it isn’t the reason why it costs $90,000. The bottle is 15 litres and looks great. It would be great for a high-end event with a lot of guests.
2. The 2013 Armand de Brignac Rose 30-Liter Midas, which costs $275,000.
If you thought the 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-liter or the 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah were big, the 2013 Armand de Brignac Rose 30-liter Midas dwarfs them. Jay Z has been pushing for bigger and bigger sizes for a long time, and the Midas is the biggest and most expensive bottle so far. The 30-liter bottle weighs 100 pounds and is much bigger than the other two on our list. It also costs $275,000, which is a huge amount.
1. Taste of Diamonds in 2013 made $2.07 million.
On our list of most expensive champagnes, the gap between No. 2 and No. 1 is huge. Taste of Diamonds 2013, which is also called Gout de Diamants, costs a jaw-dropping $2.07 million. The bottle is what makes this champagne different from all the others on the list. It’s not the size, the amount, or the history. The diamond-shaped label is made of white gold, and in the middle of it is a large Swarovski crystal. Shammi Shinh, who runs the high-end Prodiguer Brands company in London, was the one who came up with the design.