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    10 Bottles Of Wine You Can’t Afford To Uncork

    By Joe Wertz

    No liquid beyond water is more storied than wine. It’s the subject of literature and art, legend and myth. Good batches are part science: climate, grape genetics, yeast growth, water impurities and otherwise. The best wines are an almost indefinable art, an essence, feeling or quality that many try to bottle, but few ever uncork. To celebrate those wines that have become legendary to collectors around the world, here are the 10 most expensive bottles of wine in the world.
    10. $24,675 – 1941 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

    Citing its dark, deep and “vibrant” flavors, Wine Spectator in 2001 lauded Inglenook’s 1941 cabernet sauvignon, a batch considered by many the best ever produced in Napa Valley.
    9. $20,145 – 1934 DRC Romanée Conti

    A burgundy with “sensational” aromatics, tasters have been overwhelmed by this wine’s bouquet. Wisps of menthol blend with the scent of “sexy sausage” and the wine’s reportedly perfect pinot texture.
    8. $23,929 – 1978 Montrachet Domaine de la Romanée Conti

    Among the most expensive bottles of wine ever sold in America, a seven-bottle lot of 1978 Montrachet Domaine was bought at auction for $167,500 — $23,929 per bottle. The chardonnay is bright and lively and said to taste of honey and grilled almonds.
    7. $33,781 – 1947 Cheval Blanc

    A wine so legendary it’s name has become a subtle joke so pervasive it was uttered by the animated mouse in “Ratatouille,” the 1947 Cheval Blanc is considered a “happy accident of nature,” and is likely the most celebrated wine in the 20th century. The wine has a notoriously thick consistency, smells of leather, coffee and chocolate and tastes of sweet fruit.
    6. $38,000 – 1951 Penfolds Grange Hermitage

    Only 160 cases of the 1951 Grange were produced by famed Australian winemaker Max Schubert, who wanted to make a red to rival those he observed while studying in Bordeaux. The wine experiment was corked in whatever bottle Schubert could find, simply labeled and is now one of the most prized Australian wines.
    5. $43,500 – 1775 Sherry from Massandra Collection

    Bottled in the Crimea and prized by Russian Czars, the oldest Western European sherry was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in 2001. The most rare bottles of the sherry bear an imperial seal.
    4. $80,000 – 1992 Screaming Eagle

    Purple-colored at the rim, the 1992 Screaming Eagle is one of Napa Valley’s most buzzed-about wines. The cabernet is intense, rich and creamy with elegant fruity flavors that linger in the mouth.
    3. $114,614 – 1945 Château Mouton-Rothschild

    Hailed as a “true miracle” in winemaking, the 1945 Mouton-Rothschild was harvested in ideal climate conditions and perfectly bottled a deep, blackcurrant flavor that’s astoundingly concentrated. An anonymous buyer snatched up a Jeroboam for 114,614 at a Christie’s auction in 1997.
    2. $160,000 – Chateau Lafite 1787

    The 1787 Chateau Lafite isn’t prized for its flavor. In fact, it’s not even drinkable. But a bottle of the vinegar nevertheless fetched $160,000 in a London auction because of the initials etched into the glass. Th.J. Its rumored owner, once president Thomas Jefferson, is said to have bought the bottle overseas while serving as ambassador to France.
    1. $275,000 – Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne

    Cases of the bubbly were bound for Czar Nicholas II of Russia, but were lost in 1917 after a German submarine in torpedoed its transport during WWI. In 1998. 2,000 bottles were salvaged from the bottom of the Gulf of Finland and now sell for more than a quarter million dollars.
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    I have never understood the appeal of buying wine just to collect it, especially if it's this expensive... just give me something that tastes good and loosens me up a bit and I'm good to go.

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    Bleck, I dont like wine. Have never found one I like. Maybe a bit of Sangria but just a few sips
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    Isn't there a right time to uncork a wine, and it's past it's peak if you don't pop it open? Wine fascinates me, but right now I am pretty happy with the new Australian 3 buck Chuck at TJ's.
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    OMG! Do you know what kind of wardrobe you could have for that money???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flak View Post
    Isn't there a right time to uncork a wine, and it's past it's peak if you don't pop it open?

    Yes. Mr. Witch is an oenophile, and he buys certain wines to collect. Last year we threw a party because one of his Barolos had to be drunk as it was at it's peak, and he had a couple of cases, so he had people over to drink it. After a few glasses, I doubt anyone could even tell what they were drinking.

    He got pissed once at me and his sister when we went through like 5 or 6 bottles of one he was storing. Sometimes he'll have cases of ones he's saving auctioned off on line once they've come to peak.

    I enjoy many wines, but I'm not snobby about them. I've had some great $20 bottles, and some crappy $200 bottles. It's all about the taste to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    Yes. Mr. Witch is an oenophile, and he buys certain wines to collect. Last year we threw a party because one of his Barolos had to be drunk as it was at it's peak, and he had a couple of cases, so he had people over to drink it. After a few glasses, I doubt anyone could even tell what they were drinking.

    He got pissed once at me and his sister when we went through like 5 or 6 bottles of one he was storing. Sometimes he'll have cases of ones he's saving auctioned off on line once they've come to peak.

    I enjoy many wines, but I'm not snobby about them. I've had some great $20 bottles, and some crappy $200 bottles. It's all about the taste to me.
    i'm the same. though through oenophile friends i have had the chance to try some pretty exceptional wines and i'd like to one day try a romanée-conti. though maybe not from a year that costs as much as the one in this article... i'd also like to learn a lot more about wines. i've picked up what i know from friends and reading the odd thing here and there and lots of drinking, but i wish i was more knowledgeable about it.
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    Lately, I have developed a weakness for expensive champagne. It got so bad that nowadays, Veuve Cliquot's too cheap and sour for me, lol.

    Wine is still the same to me from five bucks up, though. And I still don't like red wine at all.
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    mmm champagne. i'm with you chilly. and i don't care if i get called a snob but with champagne, you have to go for the good stuff. i'm partial to moët & chandon brut impérial and mumm. and krug, on really special occasions, or when someone else is paying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flak View Post
    Isn't there a right time to uncork a wine, and it's past it's peak if you don't pop it open? Wine fascinates me, but right now I am pretty happy with the new Australian 3 buck Chuck at TJ's.
    Three Buck Chuck isn't all bad.

    I firmly believe the right time to uncork a great (or cheap) bottle of wine is when you fucking feel like it. Just my opinion.


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    ^^^
    yup.
    one of my oenophile friends believes in drinking his collection. and sometimes he'll open up a bottle of $150 wine because it's the right time to drink it and he feels like it, not because of some special occasion.
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    Guess I don't understanding collecting stuff like booze and jewelry. I like to drink and wear (respectively!) the things I purchase, not sit and look at them as if I just opened a museum in my dining room. Oh well.

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    jewelry i believe in wearing. and wine i believe in drinking, but with reds you do have to drink them when they are at their peak. not that i know much about it but i try to find out when i buy more expensive wines, as opposed to just picking up a bottle at the supermarket to drink that night. i brought back 2 bottles of really good bourgogne from france and one is good to go right away but there's on i have to wait between 5 and 7 months to drink...
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    Party at Sputnik's this summer...

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    hahaha i'll have to buy more booze then, right now my bar consists of a few bottles of wine, and one each of vodka, gin and rum.
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