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The 10 Most Expensive Wines in the World

From Domaine de le Romanée-Conti to Screaming Eagle, here are the wines that command the biggest bucks.

The year 2018 was a record-breaking year for wine auctions. In October, Sotheby's sold a bottle of 1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanee-Conti for the staggering price of $558,000—more than 17 times the high estimate of $32,000 (the total sale of wine from producer Robert Drouhin's personal cellar garnered $7.3 million). "The new world record established in today's sale is further proof that the demand for wine and spirits of exceptional quality is at an all-time high, and that global collectors are willing to go the extra mile to acquire the rarest bottles of any kind," Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of Sotheby's Wine, said at the time.

Here, with figures courtesy of the Wine-Searcher database, are the 10 most expensive bottles on the market today.

1. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru

Average Price: $19,702

Maximum Price: $551,314

The Burgundy producer Domaine Romanée-Conti, known as "DRC" to collectors, consistently commands the highest prices in the world of wine. Its top vineyard, Romanée-Conti, encompasses just 4.5 acres.

2. Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru

Average Price: $19,702

Maximum Price: $551,314

Another Burgundy offering, Domaine Leroy practices biodynamic farming.

3. Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese

Average Price: $13,220

Maximum Price: $33,883

The most expensive white wine is this riesling from the Mosel region of Germany. The Müller family has been producing wines in the steep, slate vineyards there since 1797.

4. Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru

Average Price: $12,882

Maximum Price: $25,222

Georges Roumier established his domaine in 1924, and his son and grandson, Jean-Marie and Christophe Roumier, took over the winemaking after his death in 1965. Today it is made up of about 28.5 acres in the Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint-Denis, and Corton-Charlemagne regions of Burgundy.


5. Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru


Average Price: $10,030

Maximum Price: $15,242

Domaine Leflaive bottles can be found for less than $75, but wines from the 12 acres of grand cru vineyards go for much more.

6. J.S. Terrantez Madeira


Average Price: $8,285

Maximum Price: $9,499

This fortified wine from Portugal was produced the same year Thomas Jefferson was sworn in for his second presidential term. Try finding anything else this old that's still drinkable — it'll be tough.

7. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru


Average Price: $7,924

Maximum Price: $108,000

DRC is also known for this white wine, as few as 250 cases of which are released each year

8. Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru

Average Price: $7,480

Maximum Price: $16,769

Lalou Bize-Leroy founded Domaine Leroy in 1988. Chambertin is the second of her grands crus to make this list.

9. Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru


Average Price: $6,015

Maximum Price: $10,280

A vintage with a post-world-war appeal that is known for its full-bodied taste profile. Only 700 bottles are made a year. 

10. Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc

Average Price: $5,983

Maximum Price: $9,058

Screaming Eagle is primarily known for its cult cabernet sauvignon, but its sauvignon blanc production is even more limited.

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