Oldest Wines

Oldest Wines on the Planet

Whether you’re a legit wine connoisseur or just someone downright curious, this article from Raymond-nh will surely spike your interest. You know what they say– the older the wine, the better it’s believed to taste. Howbeit, this is a misconception. A wine’s age does not always guarantee it will actually taste good. Some wines featured on this short list are even not safe to drink anymore as they are a few hundreds of years old and are some of the costliest wine bottles sold in auctions.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1787, originally from France was sold to the highest bidder for $156,450 at Christie’s of London back in 1985 and is the number one most expensive wine to ever be sold. The bottle is engraved with the initials “Th.J”, implying the bottle of wine had once been the property of Thomas Jefferson.

Chateau Margaux

This bottle of Chateau Margaux 1787 originally from France is the priciest bottle that was actually never sold. The wine was valued $500,000 by William Sokolin in 1989 since it was said to have once been the property of Thomas Jefferson; however, there were zero interested buyers with that high price. Amidst a party, the bottle fell straight to the floor and was shattered. Fortunately, it was insured by Sokolin for $225,000 in which the insurance firm paid out eventually.

Massandra Sherry de la Frontera

Originally from the Republic of Crimea, a bottle of Massandra Sherry de la Frontera 1775 was purchased at an auction in London for $43,500– it is the priciest bottle of Sherry there is.

Rüdesheimer Apostelwein

This comes from Bremen, Germany, from the 12 Apostles’ cellar in Bremer Ratskeller. The bottle valued at $200,000 and is now one of the rarest wines in the world. It is said to still be drinkable because of its high amount of sugar content.

Tokaji from the Royal Saxon Cellars

Dated from 1650 to 1690, it was successfully sold for an unknown price in an auction that happened in the Saxon capital Dresden back in 1927. Tokaji from the actual Royal cellar of Augustus II with 62 bottles was sold during the auction.

Strasbourg Wine Barrel

In France, in a wine cellar in Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg located under the Strasbourg city hospital, the most aged barrel-stored wine is kept. The container is dated with a mark 1472 with drinkable wine inside.

Speyer Wine Bottle (Römerwein)

Originally from Germany, dated around 325 AD-350 AD, this wine is the oldest on the planet.  It’s sealed with wax and contains olive oil to preserve the wine – a sort of preservative they used at the time – however, the liquid inside is not alcohol anymore.

We all love wines, especially when matched with our favorite pellet bbq grills. There are a lot of expensive wines in the department store, but probably nothing could beat the crazy price tags of the oldest wines in the world.


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