Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Bordeaux, France
Probably the most famous chateau in the world. The famous banking family of France has owned this vineyard since 1868. Considered the epitome of Bordeaux wine culture.
Romanée-Conti, Burgundy, France
One of the most expensive cult wines. The Grand Cru estate, owned by the Domaine de la Romaneé-Conti, is less than 4.5 acres. An average vintage yields around 5000 bottles.
Montrachet Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France
The vines of Le Montrachet yield the finest white wines in the world. Managed by a select group of renowned vintners, the Grand Cru vineyard measures 20 acres. The most coveted bottles come from superstars like Domaine Leflaive, which owns less than 0.25 acres of Le Montrachet.
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, Champagne, France
A place of pilgrimage for Champagne lovers, House Krug was founded in 1843. Two extremely rare vineyard estate Champagnes are made here – Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay. The latter comes from a vineyard less than 1.7 acres in size and has been produced in 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1995.
Pingus, Ribeira del Duero, Spain
Danish oenologist Peter Sisseck established Dominio de Pingus in Ribera del Duero, Spain in 1995. Influential wine critic Robert Parker called the very first vintage “one of the greatest and most exciting wines I have ever tasted.” – the prices went through the roof. The vineyard estate is less than 12.5 acres. Pingus is considered the rarest and most expensive wine of Spain.
Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Egon Müller, Saar, Germany
Egon Müller is Germany’s ultimate cult vintner. International collectors and connoisseurs know his Rieslings are worth every penny. Scharzhofberg wines are among the most coveted and best in the world. Only a few dozen bottles of Trockenbeerenauslese are made and sold exclusively at auctions.
Penfolds Grange Bin 95, South Australia
Penfolds Grange is the Australian cult wine that’s second to none. Considered the first true “Premier Cru” of the Southern hemisphere, it was designated a heritage icon by the National Trust of South Australia on its 50th anniversary in 2001.
Barolo Riserva Monfortino Giacomo Conterno, Piemont, Italy
Many experts say the Monfortino is Italy’s greatest red wine. This exceptional Barolo is only made in certain years, then ripened in a cask for 7 years before it is bottled. Its storage-ability is legendary.
Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
California’s contribution to our list of cult wines hails from Oakville. The 1992 vintage received an impressive score of 99 from Robert Parker. For 1997, 2007, 2010, and 2012, the Screaming Eagle scored a perfect 100. The stellar quality and very limited production run of 5000-8000 bottles per vintage made Screaming Eagle the most expensive wine in the USA. And the price might make you scream indeed…
4G L’Aube De La Vigne, South Africa
Winemaker legend Giogio Dalla Cia and “Pope of Wine” Denis Dubourdieu, who tragically passed away in July 2016, are behind this relatively recent project. Their objective? To make the best and most expensive red wine in South Africa’s 350-year history of wine-making. Only 3000-4000 bottles of this rising star among cult wines are made per vintage. It found international recognition when it left several perfect 100 score superstar Bordeaux in its dust at a blind tasting event.