Think of champagne and it brings to mind decadence, luxury, style, class and elegance. Champagne is used as a celebratory drink and of course the best way to have champagne is with a dollop of expensive caviar. For the most decadent and worthy celebrations, you deserve to drink the most expensive champagne. The most expensive champagne in the world cannot be paired with a humble everyday hamburger or pizza. It needs a gourmet meal to complete it. That is the reason why some of the most expensive champagnes are found in the cellar of Michelin star restaurants. To truly appreciate the taste of such champagne you need a fine dining gourmet meal.
Top Ten Most Expensive Champagne
Some of these champagnes are so expensive that we can only dream of ever tasting them. There is something seductive about this fizzy sparkling drink that is used for commemorating an achievement or a victory.
Piper Heidsieck 1907
Piper Heidsieck 1907 is the most expensive champagne in the world. The history of this champagne is very romantic and intriguing and it has a big hand in boosting up its price. In 1916, two years after the 1st world war a ship carrying bottles of champagne and wine to the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia from Finland was torpedoed by a German submarine. In 1998, a team of divers recovered 2000 bottles of this champagne from the salvaged ship at the bottom of the ocean. The bottles of champagne were excellently preserved and since then been auctioned all over the world. The price of one bottle of this high quality champagne is around $275,000.
This exclusive bottle of Krug 1928 will set you back by $21000. It was sold on March 2008 at the Acker Merrall & Condit auction in Hong Kong. It is made with the finest grapes from the best vineyard in France. The grapes used for making this particular champagne are from the year 1926 which is supposed to be a great year as far as grapes production and quality is concerned. The bottles were available in the market in 1938. The subtle taste of honey with a distinctive depth and flavor make this champagne truly a class apart.
Pernod-Ricard Perrier-Jouet Champagne
The Pernod-Ricard Perrier-Jouet champagne with a price of $4167 for a single bottle is one of the most expensive champagne. It comes in a limited edition 12 box set, which is of course aimed at the super rich elite customers. The champagne is produced by mixing different liqueurs from vintage years and has a classic combination of floral and fruity flavors. The rich complex and fresh flavors that hit the palette with the first sip are some of the highlights of this expensive champagne.
Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam
A bottle of Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam was sold at a price of $40000 in an auction in the year 2005. This 1995 vintage and special edition bottle of Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam has a unique flavor base of strawberry and cream which rapidly grew in demand. The hefty price of this particular bottle of champagne is mainly due to the white gold bottle. Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam is undoubtedly one of the finest sparkling wines to be ever produced.
Bollinger Blanc de Noirs Vieilles Vignes Francaises 1997
This vintage champagne is also among the most expensive champagnes and it is a rare champagne made with Pinot Noir grapes. Its price at an auction is unknown but it is rumored to be in five figures. It has a wonderful bouquet of vanilla with a medium golden color that hints at its fabulous taste.
Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1995
At $3,500 per bottle, this sparkling wine is one of the finest and most exclusive that you can get your hands on. It is interesting to note that Krug and Dom Perignon which are the top and most expensive champagne brands in the world are owned by French luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.
Dom Perignon 1966
One of the most well kept secrets, this limited edition exclusive vintage champagne that is to be found in the cellar of a private Belgian home, comes with a price tag of $1965 for a bottle. This delightful champagne with a woody and subtle floral bouquet has become the favorite of connoisseurs all over the world.
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1990, Millenium 2000, Methuselah
At $17625, this rare bottle of champagne was produced by Roederer to mark the new millennium. Made from the finest quality grapes and allowed to age for a number of years, only a select few will have the good fortune to taste it. This six liter bottle of champagne was sold to an undisclosed bidder at an auction in Sotheby's.
Krug Grand Cuvée
This non-vintage Krug champagne, is actually made by blending a number of vintage-quality champagnes which are just over a year old. It has a very rich flavor and goes well with gourmet food. This exclusive bottle of bubbly champagne of course comes with a very high price tag.
Krug, Clos Du Mesnil 1995
Another great champagne produced by Krug, comes at a price of $750 for a single bottle. It is made with the best quality Chardonnay grapes that comes from a small vineyard. It is a scrumptious and full-bodied champagne that has a deep nutty and complex flavor that gets better as it matures. With only 12,624 bottles produced in the year 1995, it is quite a rare champagne.
The price of a champagne depends on which year it was bottled, the year of harvest of the grapes and most importantly the region and vineyard it came from. The more exclusive and small the vineyard, the greater is the price for that bottle. Champagne is not just about a bottle of fizzy drink that you open for family and friends, it symbolizes luxury and a certain class and lifestyle. For people who are well-heeled, the staggering price of a bottle of exclusive champagne does not deter them from purchasing it.