Best red wines

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Food and Dining

red wineI had dinner at a great restaurant not long ago with a couple friends and one of them brought along a 1994 Opus One cabernet. This was definitely one of the best bottles of wine I have ever experienced. A bottle of “1994 Opus One” would probably cost upwards of $300 if you were to find it on a wine list at a nice restaurant. This got me wondering… just how much can you spend on a bottle of wine?
Well, in the mid-’80s, billionaire Malcolm Forbes paid approximately $155,000 for a bottle of wine at an auction . The bottle, which was believed to have come from Thomas Jefferson’s own collection dated back to 1787. However when the bottle was mistakenly put on display under strong lights at the wrong angle the cork deteriorated, fell into the bottle, and the wine lost its value and was thrown away.
Below is a list of 5 of the most expensive bottles of wine that are currently on the market and available at fine wine retailers. (As we all know, wine is highly collectable and prices at auctions, and in the secondary market can be much much higher).

Chteau Valandraud Saint-Emilion 1995
Valandraud comprises approximately 10 small parcels of land totaling 35 acres. This wine has been made with care and is quite rare, hence the price. Firm tannins define its rich and spicy structure; it is bolder than later vintages. Chteau Valandraud Saint-Emilion sells for approx. $668 dollars.

Chteau Latour Pauillac 1990
Among the raciest wines of the Mdoc region, Wine Spectator selected Chteau Latour Pauillac as the single best wine of 1993, bestowing on it a perfect score. An everlasting finale is the masterstroke of this vintage, which favors caramel, chocolate, licorice, dark cherry, and roasted fruits. The mouth is opulent and wholly composed. The 1994 vintage is also highly sought after. A bottle of 1990 Chteau Latour Pauillac willl cost approx. $774 dollars.

Chteau Le Pin Pomerol 1999
Chteau Le Pin Pomerol is truly one of the most illustrious wines to come out of Bordeaux. Its fullness comes from the downy levels of mocha, black cherry and currant flavors. It’s a favorite of serious wine collectors. A 1999 Chteau Le Pin Pomerol costs approx. $908 dollars.

Petrus Pomerol 1998
Petrus Pomerol Merlot was one of the favorite wines at the White House during the JFK years. The official name is Chteau Petrus but even its label refers to it as simply “Petrus.” The grapes are usually harvested early and left to mature slowly. Extremely fruity, suggestions of berries, vanilla, mocha, and oak emanate from its rich purple robe. The finish is something to wait for as it caresses the palate. A truly exquisite vintage, it should reach maturity after the year 2012. A bottle of 1998 Petrus Pomerol will cost you approx. $1,459 dollars.

Dom. Romane Conti 1997
This French red Burgundy smells of berries, spices and leather. Dark in color, it hints at flavors of soy sauce, flowers and licorice. The aroma is rich and penetrating without being too profound. The Romane Conti is a rare wine that has carved a niche for itself along the years. At over fifteen hundred dollars a bottle, it no longer has anything to prove. Consistently, the Romane Conti demands prices around the thousand dollar mark no matter the vintage. A bottle of Dom. Romane Conti will run approx. $1,540 dollars.

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