Wine-Searcher heeft de tien duurste wijnen van het afgelopen jaar nog eens geïnventariseerd. Daar zitten 8 Franse bij, met Domaine de la Romanée Conti als koptrekker.
T’he past 12 months have seen some pretty intense pressure on prices for wines generally. Even "collectable" regions like Napa, Burgundy and Bordeaux have seen price rises slow down. The average price for Bordeaux blends from Napa, for example, rose by 28.75 percent from 2016 to 2018, across all wines on our database. For the period between 2018 to now, the average price rose by just 15 percent. Napa Cabernet average prices rose by 18.57 percent over the 2016-2018 period and by 13.4 percent since.
Bordeaux shows similar slowing growth, as does Champagne, where the average price of a bottle fell by 1.54 percent since 2018, after a rise of 4.8 percent across the previous two years.
Of course, these figures take into account all wines from a region but, as we have seen across this series of articles, growth hasn't been easy at the top end either. However, when it comes to the crème de la crème there appears to be still plenty of leeway, although the $20,000 a bottle average price mark seems curiously hard to break.
What's also hard is talking about the world's most expensive wines without the word "Burgundy" cropping up repeatedly. This year, 33 of the top 50 most expensive wines are from Burgundy; Mosel is the silver medallist with five.
For a region that produces effectively two types of wine, Burgundy's influence far exceeds its output, but that's part of the attraction: its top wines are so rare and so terroir-specific that they attract collectors and, consequently, the list of the world's most expensive becomes something of a victory parade for Burgundy, as prices rocket ever higher.
Except for that $20,000-a-bottle average price ceiling, of course. This year, our top wine has actually fallen in price, illustrating how tough conditions have been. So let's take a look at the top 10.
The Most Expensive Wines on Wine-Searcher:
Wine Name Score Ave Price
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 97 $19,378
Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru 97 $17,224
Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru 93 $14,667
Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel 96 $13,987
Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru 96 $13,087
Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru 94 $10,998
Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru 97 $8728
Graham's Ne Oublie Tawny Port 92 $7874
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru 95 $7686
Leroy Domaine d'Auvenay Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 94 $7510