This week £80,000 worth of wine was stolen from the cellars of Domaine Garon. It is a reminder of just how valuable wine can be – as academic Daphne Dervan says, “Like chocolate was to the Aztecs, wine has become the ultimate currency.”
With this in mind, we thought we’d round up some of the most extravagant wine purchases ever.
Screaming Eagle 1992
The half a million dollars (£297,000) that this wine netted at auction is the most ever paid for a bottle. However, it was for a charity auction so is excluded from the official line up.
A few months ago a collection of Romanee Conti – one of the most acclaimed Burgundy labels – smashed the world record for most expensive lot at auction, going for £1m for 114 bottles. It was made up of six bottles from each of the vintages made from 1992 to 2010.
Chateau Margaux 2009
This is the most expensive bottle of red wine ever to go on sale: £122,000 for a 12 litre Balthazar. Only six of these giant bottles were made and only three went on sale.
Cheval Blanc 1947
The official most expensive single bottle of wine ever sold, this went for $304,375 (£192,000) to a private collector in 2010. I wonder if they have ever popped the cork.