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Top 5 Most Expensive Wines in the World: Cabernet Sauvignon Leads the Arguably Overpriced Pack

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Over the years, the prices of some red wines have stolen limelight from the wine itself. Whether because of an iconic label, a former famous owner or just simply a rare and highly valuable vintage, the wines below are surely some of the most lavish liquid purchases in the entire history. Buying any of these wines in Nigeria will help many of us declare bankruptcy, but if you have the money or are in a good enough mood to buy a really expensive bottle then here are some of the most expensive and finest red wines in the world.

However, it’s important to note that this is not a definitive list, as the items here are sold differently – per bottle, jeroboam, or double-magnum. Also, the wine market has a lot of intermediaries which may have a direct effect on the prices. Importers, wholesalers, as well as retailers in the market to make a profit, so prices of wines will change depending on which level you’re dealing with. In addition, the prices of wines in auctions generally get out of hand and this often results in heftier price tags.

So, without further ado, five of the world’s most expensive red wines:

Cheval Blanc 1947

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Cheval Blanc 1947 is one of only two wines to have been awarded the Class A status in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine. In 2006, a three-liter bottle of this fine wine was bought at Vinfolio in San Francisco for $135,125 ($33,781 per 750 ml).

Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951

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Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 is considered the most expensive Australian wine. It’s been reported that there are just 20 bottles of this wine existing at the moment. It is sold at $38,420 per bottle but in May 2004, a wine collector in Adelaide shelled out a shocking AUS$50,200 for a bottle at an auction house.

Chateau Lafite 1787

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One bottle of Chateau Lafite 1787 linked to the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was sold to Malcolm Forbes in 1985 for $160,000. Despite doubts over the origin of the wine and link to Jefferson, this wine stands as one of the most expensive single bottles of wine ever sold.

Chateau Margaux 1787

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Chateau Margaux 1787 is known as the most expensive wine never to be sold. Its initial price was around $500,000 and it was authenticated to be once part of the wine collection of Thomas Jefferson. It’s said that a bottle was accidentally shattered in a Margaux Dinner by a waiter who knocked the bottle over and broke it. Insurers reportedly paid out around $225,000.

Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

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It’s the Grand Royale of all the most expensive wines out there. In a Napa valley wine auction in 2000, Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 got the highest bid, with a whopping price tag of around $500,000. A wine connoisseur described the wine as: “Exceptionally impressive. Sensational nose of jammy blackcurrants and subtle toasty oak. Stunningly proportioned, ripe, intense fruit, full body, great purity, inner-core of sweet, creamy, highly extracted blackcurrant/cassis fruit. Spectacular.”

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Quick Guide To Understanding Merlot

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Quick Guide To Understanding Merlot

You have probably heard about merlot or even had a glass or two of merlot wine. However how much do you really know about this wonderful wine varietal? Here’s a complete guide to understanding merlot.

Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is said to be derived from merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Merlot is popularly used for blending with Cabernet sauvignon, because of its softness and fleshiness.

Merlot is one of the world’s most planted grape varieties, as it is very flexible. Merlot, which in French means The Little Blackbird, is the second most popular red grape in America (after Cabernet Sauvignon). Known for being soft, ripe and elegant, most Merlots are easy drinking reds that go well both with food as well as on their own. This is an approachable grape varietal and is often recommended as the first red wine someone new to red wine should drink.

Merlot is a varietal that contains at least 13.5% alcohol, but can approach 14.5%, especially when it is grown in a warmer climate such as Australia, California or Chile. The wine is often said to have a plummy taste and notes of chocolate. It’s also considered to be smooth and very easy to drink.

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Yummy Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon

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Yummy Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to as the “King of Red Wine Grapes,” has its original roots firmly planted in France, specifically in Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grow well in warmer climes with plenty of sunshine and a variety of soil conditions. Typically viewed as a fairly robust wine with good tannin structure, solid acidity, and rich, dark fruit aromas and flavor components, Cabernet Sauvignon is truly an international grape variety. Here are a few Cabernet Sauvignon facts.

1. Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross!

Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc that occurred in the 1600s. DNA testing at UC Davis discovered this relationship in 1996.

2. American Cab may contain 25% other grapes.

It’s legal in the US to permit up to 25% of another grape to be blended into a wine labeled as “Cabernet Sauvignon.” Some producers blend for better flavor – others blend for better value.

3. Why is Cabernet Sauvignon wine so expensive?

There is high demand for Cabernet Sauvignon which makes it really expensive. In 2008, Napa Valley grape grower, Piña, said their Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon was ringing in $6,000/ton whereas neighboring Merlot vineyards were selling at $1,300/ton.

4. There is an annual celebration for Cabernet Sauvignon

There’s a day for that.Cabernet Day is held on the Thursday before Labor day at the end of August each year. #CabernetDay started in 2010 as a social media stint to celebrate the variety. Since then, it has grown to include grand tastings in major cities from San Francisco to Sydney.

5. The green bell pepper smell in Cabernet Sauvignon has been linked!

The bell pepper aroma in Cabernet Sauvignon has been traced to an organic compound group called pyrazines. Pyrazines are higher in unripe Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and are noticeable at just 10-20 parts/trillion. Wine growers often prune the canopy leaves to increase sun exposure to the grapes.


6. Cabernet Sauvignon is high yield

.At Chateau Latour, producer of the world’s most expensive Cabernet Sauvignon, they harvest 3.5 tons per acre. Comparatively, the most expensive Pinot Noir in the world, from DRC harvests just over 1 ton of grapes per acre.

7. Cabernet Sauvignon grows well in the desert!

In Eastern Washington State, a region that gets just 6-8 inches of rain a year, Cabernet Sauvignon wines made from Champoux Vineyards have received multiple 100 point scores. The Gobi Desert in China has several wineries growing Cabernet Sauvignon including Chateau Hanson.

8. A rare Cabernet Sauvignon taint is linked to ladybugs.

Researchers studying Cabernet Sauvignon in Canada discovered that wines made from vineyards infested with Asian ladybugs affect the flavor of the wine greatly. Ladybug taint occurs when ladybugs are inadvertently added into the fermenting wines. in–Ladybugs were originally introduced to North America to reduce aphid populations.


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A Guide To Understanding Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates.

In the 17th century in south-western France, an accidental breeding occurred between a red Cabernet Franc grape plant and a white Sauvignon Blanc grape plant and thus was born Cabernet Sauvignon.

What is Cabernet Sauvignon?

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal known for its thick, durable skin, and the vine’s resistance to the elements. After the birth of the grape, the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal began to be adopted in parts of France by winemakers searching for more durable plants that were relatively easy to grow, and the grape found its champion in the region of Bordeaux.

The grape has a high level of tannins which means that the wine could evolve in the bottle for many years. Oak maturity also helps to bring out beautiful new flavours. The bordeaux farmers played around with the varietal and blended it with other grapes. It was blended with merlot and created the world’s most famous wine blend, the bordeaux blend.

As a wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its dark color, full body and an alcohol content that is over 13.5%, with most Cabernet Sauvignons, especially those from places such as California, Australia and Chile, being more like 14.5% and sometimes even going over 15%. The wine is dry (not sweet) and has a healthy level of tannin, which is why your mouth dries out when you sip it. Many people who drink Cabernet Sauvignon say they always pick up a taste of green pepper in the wine, along with tobacco, cassis, and dark fruits such as cherries, along with a hint of vanilla that comes from the wine aging in the oak.

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