A rare Burgundy has been named the world’s most expensive wine at an average price of more than Sh1.6 million (€14,254) and, in a surprise to wine connoisseurs, it is not a Romanee-Conti.
Instead, the title of the priciest drop went to the 1985 Richebourg Grand Cru, from the Côtes de Nuit range, at €14,254 for a 75ml bottle, according to UK website WineSearcher, which released its annual list of the world’s most expensive wines this month.
It was created by Henri Jayer, a winemaker widely considered a visionary in the business who died in 2006 at the age of 84.
A Romanee-Conti, Burgundy’s most famous fine wine, took second place, with the vineyard’s Grand Cru coming in at an average price $13,314 (€12,141) a bottle. There were two other Romanee-Conti’s on the list, in 17th and 30th place.
Another Henri Jayer wine, his Cros-Parantoux, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru, took third place at $8,832 a bottle.
In fact, Burgundy wines were astoundingly dominant in the rankings, based on price lists from nearly 55,000 wine merchants concerning more than seven million wines of all vintages.
Not only did wines from the Burgundy region take the top three spots, they accounted for 40 of the 50 wines on the list.
Bordeaux, known as France’s most prestigious wine region, has only two items on the list, both Pomerols: the Petrus and a Le Pin.
Unsurprisingly, nearly all the wines on the list were French.
Two German winemakers, Egon Mueller and Joh. Jos. Pruem, each have two bottles on the list, including Mueller’s Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese demi-sec selling for $6,630 at fourth place.
The only other non-French wine is Californian vintner Stanley Kroenke’s Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, coming in at 14th place with a $2,884 price tag.
But while the cost of wines on the list may seem on the steep side, they are nothing compared to the highest price ever paid for a bottle. That title goes to a 1947 Cheval-Blanc, sold for a staggering £192,000 €271,226) at an auction in Switzerland in 2010.