Jayer is world’s most expensive wineBy Rupert Millar
Henri Jayer’s Richebourg is the most expensive wine in the world, pipping what many would suppose the usual claimant Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
Averaging US$15,195 (£9,800) a bottle, Jayer’s Richebourg grand cru took the number one spot on Wine-Searcher‘s annual “World’s Top 50 Most Expensive Wines” list, ahead of DRC’s seminal Romanée-Conti which averages US$13,314 (£8,600) p/b – but which can reach much higher prices for particular vintages at auction.
Jayer’s Cros Parantoux was ranked third on the list, Egon Müller’s Scharzhofberger Trockenbeerenauslese was fourth and Domaine Leflaive’s Montrachet grand cru fifth.
Burgundy accounted for 40 wines on the list with only Petrus and Le Pin appearing from Bordeaux – at 18th and 23rd place respectively.
Aside from Egon Müller and JJ Prüm and their sweet Mosel Rieslings, the only other non-French wine on the list was Screaming Eagle which was in 14th place and with an average price of US$2,884 p/b.
If the most expensive wines seem pricey however, they are as nothing compared to some of the most expensive whiskies – almost entirely Scotch.
The most expensive malt going is The Balvenie’s 50 year old which has an average price of US$34,942 (£22,500).