Champagne is one of the most famous sparkling wines used to celebrate special occasions and events. Sometimes the occasion may not be big but you still can feel like popping a bottle of champagne, just not the expensive one. True champagne is believed to originate only in France and may vary in color from pale gold to apricot blush.
The cost of the champagne doesn’t depend on the quality of the grapes used to make it but instead, it depends on the process, time, and man hours it takes.
Do you know some of the most expensive champagne available? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the most expensive champagne in the world.
Hers is list of the most amazingly delicious tasting expensive champagnes that you should know about:
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10. Shipwrecked Champagne – $14,181 per bottle
As the name suggests this champagne indeed was found in the shipwreck by a group of divers in July 2010. The ship served as a cellar for this champagne at a depth of 50 meters, southeast of Marichamn, on the Southwestern Finnnish Aaland Islands of the Baltic sea. It is believed to be 170 years old and there is an image of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin (which still exists to this day) on the interior side of the cork.
Talking about taste, you will first get the taste of animal notes, wet hair, and cheesy but once you let it take in some oxygen by swirling it a bit in a glass, it gave the flavors of grilled, spicy, smoky, and leathery accompanied by fruity and floral notes.
9. Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvee Methuselah – $18,800
Based in the city of Reims, Louis Roederer is a well-known champagne house for its flagship wine Cristal. This expensive sparkling, complex, balanced, refined, and traditional wine was aged for 6 years in the company’s cellars and then a further 8 months after disgorgement. It has some really good fruity aromas and a silky smooth texture which is complemented further by a powerful mineral quality with white fruit and citrus notes.
8. 1928 Krug – $21,200
Founded in 1843 by Joseph Krug, Krug is one of the most well-known champagne houses for creating collectible and expensive champagne. It is a perfect blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay and has a strong aroma of various fruits, licorice, cocoa, and biscuit.
Now what is crazy is that the extreme fruitiness of it is echoed in the mouth combined with a certain freshness and has a long-lasting finish.
7. 1841 Veuve Clicquot – $34,000
This expensive champagne was also a part of the Baltic shipwreck mentioned earlier, therefore it also had its cellars in the deep sea. Out of the 168 bottles found, 47 were of Veuve Clicquot.
When tasted a few months later, it turned out to be an excellent quality champagne that caught a lot of people off guard. It has a rich toasty flavor and tastes best when paired with pineapple garnish, grapefruit zest, cucumbers, celery, and peppers.
6. 1959 Dom Perignon – $42,350
Dom Perignon, a celebrated champagne brand owned by Moët and Chandon, capitalized on the excellent weather of 1959 which was well suited for an exceptional degree of ripening of grapes, and created an expensive champagne that radiates grape richness with an opulence that is full, yet never heavy.
Time has added a golden color to this champagne amber color. It has a mouth-watering smell that includes hints of oriental tobacco, licorice, honey, and fig as well as hints of caramel coffee and chocolate.
5. 1820 Juglar Cuvee – $43,500
This is another expensive champagne found in the Baltic shipwreck mentioned earlier. The House of Juglar ceased to exist in the 1840s but this, still to this day is very valuable in auctions, however, this is a very rare champagne so you are very lucky if you find this in an auction.
It with its other champagne bottled was in the cold and dark cellars of the sea for many years and surprisingly was still very drinkable after being discovered. According to the sources, this was made with varieties of black grapes namely Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
4. 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah – $49,000
As the name suggests, this is another champagne made by the one and only Dom Perignon, a celebrated brand owned by Moët and Chandon. It comes in a limited edition metal casting dipped in rose gold, to be more specific it has a coppery pink color with light orange highlights.
Talking about smell and taste, it has an amazing smell of malt that immediately leads to a well-ripened fruit, nectarine, and wild strawberries, complemented by smoky and peaty hints. The taste is another mouth-watering aspect of this spirit, the taste proceeds with strength, tension, radiance, and sharpness, and the finish is firm, underscored with a little vanilla and spicy notes.
3. 2011 Armand De Brignac 15-litre – $90,000
Armand De Brignac, also known as the Ace of spades, is produced by the Cattier family estate. It is made with the grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. It packs within itself some of the complex flavors with smokiness, restraint, honey, and spice.
It has a pale lemony color, and a flavorful aroma of smooth peach with pear and floral notes. Not to forget, it has a deliciously creamy texture, and hands down, it is the most amazing-tasting complex drink. To put it all together, this expensive drink is a complex yet sharply focused delicious tasting brut.
2. 2013 Armand De Brignac 30-litre Midas – $2,75,000
You might require 2 men to pick up this high-quality pink bubbly expensive champagne because of its enormous weight and height of 100 pounds and 4 feet respectively. The enormous bottle packs within itself the same amount of champagne as 40 standards 750 ml bottles.
This small human-size bottle contains champagne that offers fruity freshness with different clean and addictive red berry flavors with delicate smoky grilled notes behind it. In short, it is one of the most enormous, amazing tasting luxurious, and expensive champagne.
1. 2013 Taste of Diamonds – $2.07 Million
This exceptionally expensive spirit belongs to one of the most luxurious champagne brands that is none other than Goût De Diamants. The bottle was specifically designed by Alexander Amosu for the private clients of Goût De Diamants and the bottle truly is one of its kind, beautiful-looking bottle.
There is an option of getting your name engraved on the bottle with 18-carat solid gold. The bottle holds an 18-carat gold superman-like tag (weighing around 48g) with a single deep-cut white diamond at its heart.
It’s a perfect blend of Grand Cru Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier and this blend offers a floral refreshing, and creamy texture and ends with a light and elegant finish.
Summary – The Most Expensive Champagnes
I agree that almost all the champagne on this list of most expensive champagne is out of normal people’s budget and seems a complete waste of money but hey if you can afford it and want to drink something different from normal people then go for the names the name mentioned on the list.
Here’s a quick recap of the names of the most expensive champagnes with their prices:
- 2013 Taste of Diamonds – $2.07 million
- 2013 Armand de Brignac Rose 30-Liter Midas – $275,000
- 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter – $90,000
- 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah – $49,000
- 1820 Juglar Cuvee – $43,500
- 1959 Dom Perignon – $42,350
- 1841 Veuve Clicquot – $34,000
- 1928 Krug – $21,200
- Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvee Methuselah – $18,800
- Shipwrecked Champagne – an average of $14,181.81 per bottle
FAQs on the most expensive champagne:
What champagne is the most expensive?
Ans- 2013 Taste of Diamonds – $2.07 million
What is the number 1 champagne?
Ans- Moët & Chandon is the world’s best-selling champagne brand and is widely thought by many to be the best champagne brand in the world.
What are the 3 types of champagne?
Ans- Champagne classifies its producers, and there are essentially 3 types: Maisons (the big guys), Cooperatives (medium guys), and Vignerons (the little guys).
Is champagne stronger than wine?
Ans- Champagne has an alcohol percentage of about 12.2 percent, which is slightly lower than the average alcohol percentage of red wine (about 12.5 percent).
Is champagne a healthy drink?
Ans- Champagne also contains polyphenol antioxidants, which further protect the heart in its way.
Fun Facts on the most expensive champagne:
- Champagne is said to be invented in 1697
- There are 33,400 hectares of Champagne growing land
- The longest recorded Champagne cork flight is about 177 feet
- A standard bottle of Champagne (75cl) contains about 49 million bubbles
- A Champagne cork can reach 24.8 miles/hour when popped