Burgundy dominates, as it was easy to predict, but the fine wine market is slowing down, with the average prices of the ten most expensive wines in the world which, in the last 12 months, have grown by just 1.52%, against the + 43.9% a year ago, led by the boom of three labels, Musigny and Chambertin by Domaine Leroy (+ 125.8% and 84.75%) and Musigny by Domaine Georges & Cristophe Roumier (+ 80.6%) , whose prices today are essentially stable. Could it be the end of the price boom in recent years? Hard to say, but it is certainly the most significant data that emerges from Wine-Searcher’s “The World’s Most Expensive Wines”, the annual list of the most expensive wines in the world, which analyzes and ranks the average prices of thousands of labels, on the market with at least four of the last ten vintages, and present on at least 5 online shops. The other news, which unfortunately is not surprising, is that there are no Italians in the top 50, with many confirmations among the top positions and some small adjustments.
The most expensive wine in the world, thus, is still the Romanée-Conti of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, at an average price of $ 20,405 a bottle, followed on the podium by another symbol of Burgundy, the Musigny of Domaine Leroy (15,680 dollars), and by the king of the Moselle, Egon Muller’s Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese ($ 13,558). At position no. 4, the Musigny by Domaine Georges & Cristophe Roumier ($ 13-050), at no. 5 the Domaine Leflaive Montrachet ($ 10,100), followed by no. 6 from Montrachet by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti ($ 7,921). At position no. 7 the Chambertin of Domaine Leroy (7,553 dollars), therefore at n. 8 the Chevalier-Montrachet by Domaine d’Auvenay ($ 6,616), followed by a symbol of US winemaking such as the Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc ($ 6,070), at no. 9, and the Domaine Leroy Richebourg (6.006), which closes the top 10 of the most expensive wines in the world. By extending the analysis to the top 50 wines in the ranking, Burgundy domination is interrupted by 11 German labels, including 6 from the Moselle, the second most represented region, even more than Bordeaux, which has only three wines in the ranking: Petrus, Le Pin and Liber Pater.
It’s Italy? As mentioned, no wine from the Belpaese has managed to enter the top 50, but Wine-Searcher dedicates an ad hoc classification to the Italian labels, the “Most Expensive Italian Wine” which, in first place, places Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo Riserva Monfortino, online, on average, at 1,083 euros per bottle, followed by Masseto (678 euros) and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Case Basse by Gianfranco Soldera (627 euros). Behind, another piece of history of Italian viticulture, Biondi Santi’s Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (491 euros), at position no. 4, followed by Barolo Artist Label of Barolo Mascarello (426 euros), at position no. 5, then Bibi Graetz’s Testamatta Colore (409 euros) at no. 6. Always among the most precious labels, at position no. 7 here is the Vin Santo di Montepulciano Occhio di Pernice from Avignonesi (406 euros), then a niche label such as that of Barolo Piè Franco Otin Fiorin di Cappellano (394 euros), at no. 8, just in front of the Soì San Lorenzo di Gaja (387 euros), at position no. 9, and the Barolo Riserva Villero di Vietti (378 euros) to close a top 10 equally divided between Tuscany and Piedmont, which dominate the top 25 positions, where we find only two exceptions: Valentini’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Amarone di From the Roman oven.