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Burgundy Vintages Tops List of World’s Most Expensive Wines

01/09/2015

Burgundy Vintages Tops List of World’s Most Expensive WinesIt was made by Henri Jayer, a visionary winemaker who sadly died in 2006 at the age of 84 and it’s now the world’s most expensive wine. It is a 1985 Richebourg Grand Cru and if you want to buy it you’ll need to part with $15,195 (€14,254).

It tops this year’s WineSearcher list of expensive wines, which was compiled after the average price per bottle of some seven million vintages was analysed.

In fact, the top three wines on the list are all Burgundies, as are 40 of the top 50. Doesn’t that say something about the quality of the wine from that part of the world?

Second place on the list is occupied by Romanee-Conti ($13,314), also known as Burgundy’s most famous wine, while the third spot is taken by another Jayer wine, his Cros-Parantoux, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru ($8,832).

Despitee all its prestige, Bordeaux only has two wines on the list, both Pomerols: the Petrus and a Le Pin.

The list also features four bottles from German winemakers Egon Müller and Joh. Jos. Prüm and the only other non-French wine is from Californian vintner Stanley Kroenke's Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, which sits in 14th place.

WineSearcher, founded in London in 1999, produces its most expensive wines list on an annual basis and with Burgundies dominating this year’s list, is it any surprise that the region was recently awarded UNESCO world heritage status for the uniqueness of its vineyards?

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