Heidsieck 1907 – $275,000 Discovered after 80 years of being under the sea, off the Finland coast. In 1916, 200 bottles of this champagne were a part of a shipment to the Russian Imperial family, when they got lost in a shipwreck. For 80 years, the ship lay at the bottom of the sea, 63 meters deep, with six atmospheres of pressure. Earlier it was not available for sale, but now it is finally being sold to wealthy guests at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow.
Chateau Lafite, 1787 — $156,450 Believed to have originated from the late President Thomas Jefferson’s cellar. In 1985, the publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes put his prized new possession on a pedestal in a glass case under halogen spotlights and under these strong lights and at a wrong angle, the cork eventually dried out and dropped into the bottle, rendering it valueless.
Château Margaux, 1787 — $225,000 was another vintage from Thomas Jefferson’s collection to be discovered from behind the Parisian cellar wall in 1985 with his initials. It was valued at $500,000 by its owner, a New York wine merchant called William Sokolin. In 1989 a waiter bumped into the table, causing the bottle to fall to the ground and smash. It was insured for $225,000 and sum was paid out by the insurance company. This is equivalent to about $390,000 today.
Château Lafite 1869 – In 2010, an auction house was stunned when this bottle, estimated to reach $8,000 in value, ended up selling for $233,972 to an anonymous Asian bidder. Many in the fine wine industry are calling the record price ‘insane’ citing that the Chinese market continues to be driven by some rather unconventional factors and is not a reflection of the real market.
Penfolds Ampoule 2004 – $168,000 Founded in 1844, Penfolds is one of Australia’s most established winemakers, producing some of the country’s finestThere have only been 12 such ampoules of this 750 ml red wine ever made. The ‘exquisite quality’ Penfolds Limited Edition 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon Ampoulhfe was made from hand-picked grapes from one of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the world, and fermented in oak hogshead barrels since 2004.
Founded in 1844, Penfolds is one of Australia’s most established winemakers, producing some of the country’s finest wines.