A Sommelier’s Delight: 7 Rarest Champagnes Your Money Can Buy

Drinking champagne is a treat usually reserved for special occasions like weddings or New Year’s Eve. When you want the best, there are several rare champagnes which are usually much higher than the Dom Perignon 2006 prices. These champagnes are made by iconic makers with highly respected names. 

 

  1. 1996 Dom Perignon

The 1996 Dom Perignon is considered the best vintage of the famous brand. The champagne made by Dom Perignon tastes better as it ages, so a ‘96 bottle is just getting started. The bottles aren’t released until they are at least eight years old, and too many people open their Dom Perignon bottles too soon. You can expect to pay upwards of $500 for a 1996 bottle of Dom. 

  1. 2013 Taste of Diamonds

This is the most expensive bottle of champagne on the market today. The champagne is a combination of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Grand Cru Chardonnay. The bottle itself has a 19-carat white diamond, instead of a Swarovski crystal on the typical bottle. These cost over $2 million. The high price is due to the diamond on the bottle, but the champagne isn’t too bad, either. 

  1. 2013 Armand de Brignac Rose 30-Liter Midas

This bottle weighs over 100 pounds, and costs about $275,000. The bottles are over four-feet tall which makes them difficult to pour. These are popular with the jetsetters in Hollywood. If the bottle is out of your price range, there is a $10,000 cocktail from the champagne, too. 

  1. 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter

These beautiful bottles decorated with the Ace of Spades became popular when Jay-Z bought the company in 2014. Since then, the bottles have become bigger – to the point of epic. The 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter includes nearly four gallons of champagne. The 15-Liter bottle costs about $90,000. 

  1. 1959 Dom Perignon Rose

This year of Dom Perigon doesn’t come cheaply, and two bottles of the vintage sold for $84,000. This vintage includes notes of oriental tobacco, fig, coffee, chocolate, honey, and licorice. It is a real treat that has been sitting and waiting for just the right moment. Part of the reason the vintage sold for such a high price was because Dom Perignon did not release this vintage to the general public. It is so rare that it was only available at auction. 

  1. 2000 Krug Clos d’Ambonnay

This may not be the most expensive or rarest of bottles, but the 2000 Krug Clos d’Ambonnay isn’t easy to find. This is a rare single-vineyard champagne that was the third release. They shared the 1996, 1998, and now the 2000. Only 5,000 bottles were shared, and they began at $2,000 per bottle. 

 

The flavorful champagne has notes of brioche, caramel, spices, and pastry cream. It finishes with a gentle lemon flavor. 

  1. Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002

This rare champagne is made of chardonnay and pinot noir with notes of brioche, white flowers, and toasted nuts It is one of a handful of vintages released by Rare, and they only made the combination in nine other seasons. 

 

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