What is the most expensive champagne bottle in the world? It’s the Taste of Diamonds, a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Grand Cru Chardonnay. Its extravagant price tag brags a worth of $2 million. Besides the champagne itself, the diamond-studded bottle has a lot to do with the price.
So, here is the complete list of the most expensive champagne bottles in 2021:
- 2013 Taste of Diamonds
- 2013 Armand de Brignac Rose 30-Liter Midas
- 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter
- 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah
- 1820 Juglar Cuvee
- 1959 Dom Perignon
- 1841 Veuve Clicquot
- 1928 Krug
- Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvee Methuselah
- Shipwrecked Champagne
No other drink says celebration quite like sparkling bottles of champagne.
Sparkling wine (Champagne) was originated in 17th-century France as an experiment for royal families. The technique was later improved and popularized by Dom Pierre Perignon. Nowadays, champagne is made from grapes of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay all over the world.
Expensive champagne has been identified as the drink of upper-class society. We see the A-list celebrities enjoying it and using it to symbolize high status. Therefore, some bottles of champagne are so exclusive they’re available only by special order or in high-end clubs. Most of them have retail values of tens of thousands of dollars.
So, let’s get into the list.
Top 10 Most Expensive Champagne Bottles
2013 Taste of Diamonds – $2 million
Taste of Diamonds is the most expensive champagne in the world today. What makes this Champagne unique from all others on the list is not its contents, its history, or its size; it’s the bottle. The diamond-shaped logo is made of 18-carat white gold with a massive 19-carat Swarovski crystal in its center. Alexander Amosu, a famous Nigerian luxury designer in London, was the genius behind the design.
2013 Armand de Brignac Rose 30-Liter Midas – $275,000
Jay Z has been continually pushing for bigger and bigger sizes, and the 2013 Armand de Brignac Rose 30-Liter Midas is the largest, most expensive bottle yet. The Rose Cuvee is a blend of the grape varieties of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. The bottle weighs about 100lbs and is 4 feet in height – which is equivalent to 40 normal size bottles. The 30-liter bottle not only towers over the other on our list in terms of size, but at $275,000, its price tag is also huge.
2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter – $90,000
Champagne and rap music fuse together to create this 15-liter bottle, as Jay Z (Shawn Carter) expands his business credentials beyond this one. This item on our list of most expensive champagne is not vintage, although it has “clout” and sheer size on its side. While only the fact that Jay Z owns the brand would drive the price up, but this is not the reason for its massive $90,000 price tag. In addition, the bottle is quite aesthetically pleasing, weighs 40 lbs, and is ideal for a high-class event with hundreds of guests.
1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah – $49,000
This 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah is a perfect balance of aesthetics and taste worthy of its $49,000 price tag. The huge 16-liter bottle, covered with real gold, is only one of 35 ever produced. However, its stunning appearance is not the only great thing about this bottle. The champagne has an incredible taste, fusing a smoky aroma with sharp notes. Additionally, Rose Gold Methuselah is very strong, sharp, and radiant with a firm finish. Certainly, it is a truly great bottle worthy of its spot on our list.
1820 Juglar Cuvee – $43,500
Three out of ten bottles on our list of most expensive champagne were discovered in a shipwreck in the depths of the Baltic Sea. The House of Juglar was actually terminated in the 1840s; therefore, this bottle is historical. This 1820 Juglar Cuvee is incredibly rare and holds a very interesting story. In spite of being in the ocean for more than two centuries, the bottle was still sealed, and the contents seemed to be safe to drink. Eventually, the bottle was auctioned for $43,500.
1959 Dom Perignon – $42,350
On October 29th, 1971, the Shah of Iran ordered several bottles of Dom Perignon Rose to celebrate the 2500th anniversary of the establishment of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. In 2008, two of that Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 1959 champagne fetched an astonishing $84,700 in an auction in New York. So, the winner could enjoy a bottle and save the other for investment.
If you want this bottle, you will have to be very lucky to find one for sale. Because only 306 bottles of 1959 Rose Vintage were ever made – and they were never sold officially.
1841 Veuve Clicquot – $34,000
The seventh most expensive champagne was yet again found in the bottom of the Baltic Sea. This 1841 Veuve Clicquot was one of the 169 bottles found in a shipwreck near Finland’s Aaland archipelago in 2010. For approximately two centuries, these bottles lay at 180 feet below the surface, in perfect conditions for aging.
The Veuve Clicquot remains a big name and an elite brand today. And to discover a sealed and well-preserved bottle from 1841 is rare. So this champagne bottle is worthy of its $34,000 price tag.
1928 Krug – $21,000
1928 Krug is the only record holder on our list of the most expensive champagne. In 2009, a 75cl bottle of the 1928 Krug Collection range was sold at Acker Merrall and Condit’s sale in Hong Kong. The bottle was sold at $21,200, consequently breaking the world record for the most expensive bottle of champagne sold at an auction. The record was previously held by a 1990 Cristal Brut Methuselah 6-litre bottle of Louis Roederer. Moreover, in 1928 Krug has been remarkably aged and is said to have sharp notes of honey and apricot. It is a truly exceptional bottle of champagne.
Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvee Methuselah – $18,800
Number nine on our list of the most expensive champagne bottles is Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvee Methuselah. This bottle held the record for the most expensive bottle of champagne sold at an auction before 1928 Krug. It comes in a massive bottle – approximately the size of eight or nine normal-sized bottles. Methuselah is also very rare, as there are only 2,000 bottles of this champagne in circulation. Considering the rarity and size of this bottle, the $18,800 price tag is actually a bargain.
Shipwrecked Champagne – $14,181
Some people really walk into treasure, stumbling into gold coins and other precious gems. In 2010, a group of divers out in the Baltic Sea accidentally dove into them. Shortly after reaching the bottom of the Baltic Sea, they discovered a shipwreck with a box containing several bottles of champagne. And some of them were 200-year-old vintage, sealed, and in good condition. Eventually, in 2012, the divers got $158,000 ($14,182 per bottle) for a case of 11 bottles at an auction. The names of these bottles are still unknown. Nevertheless, a bottle with such an interesting story is rare.
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