France – 5 Outrageously Expensive French Wines

There are a lot of really expensive French wines out there. We are going to take a look at five of them. The top position on the list of outrageously expensive wines made in France begins with a bottle that was once reportedly owned by Thomas Jefferson in his private collection. This bottle was sold in 1985 for €120,000 and was a 1787 Château Lafite from the Gironde area near Bordeaux.  Although at the 200 year mark,  the wine is no longer drinkable.  This story has a sad ending because the cork fell out and it had to be destroyed.

A 1787 Auternes from Château Yquem, also with a history with Thomas Jefferson, was purchased in 2006 for  € 75,000 by an American at London’s Antique Wine Company. This wine is also too old to be consumed, so it is likely on display in some location. The third most expensive wine ever sold that was produced in France is the 1945 Château Mouton Rothschild wine. This wine had some various sales but the single bottle price came out to € 21,500. These top 3 wines conclude the 50 years plus category. Now we’ll move onto some wines that people can actually still buy.

The most expensive wines produced today are apparently produced by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wine makers. One, just one, bottle of their wine gets usually €2500 or more, depending on its age. Being produced in the Burgundy region of France, which is very well known for wine production, the #4 wine comes out of their collection from 1978 at about €18,000.   It is still hard to get your hands on some of their wines, however, because their production is limited to about 500 or less bottles annually.    Because this wine is only a few decades old, it is very enjoyable and definitely safe, unlike those century and two century old bottles which are likely to be undrinkable!

Next  is the wine of Romanée-Conti, which run from €750-€1,200 per bottle, taking place number five on our list of expensive French wines. Truly compared to the others, this is your affordably outrageously expensive French wine! These outrageously expensive wines from France really let you know what a deal you’re getting when you can buy a very acceptable AOC for  €5 a  bottle !  French vineyards offer an exceptional range of wines even if some may seem a little overpriced!

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