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The Most Expensive Champagne in the World

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Victoria Heinz

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This post is all about the world’s most expensive champagne, including a list of the 20 most expensive champagne brands.

Did you know that the most expensive champagne in the world was sold at auction for over $2.5 million and even came with its own collectible NFT?

The world of luxury champagne seems to know no boundaries when it comes to prices. But even comparably affordable bottles can cost several thousand dollars and are often seen as investments.

Whether served at gala dinners, royal weddings, or kept in pristine condition in a display case, the most expensive champagne in the world continues to achieve record-worthy sales prices.

Curious to know the names of the most famous bottles ever sold and whether you might be able to purchase your own one day? Keep reading to discover the 20 most expensive champagne bottles in the world, as well the answers to some commonly asked questions about the world of exclusive champagnes.

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The 20 Most Expensive Champagne Brands in the World

Here are the most expensive champagne bottles in the world that were ever sold. Note that some were sold at auction, some are no longer available or incredibly hard to find, while others are more commonly available at from your local wine merchant.

RankChampagne NamePrice Per Bottle
*BONUS*Avenue Foch 2017 ‘Magnum 2.5’$2,500,000
(sold at auction)
1Goût de Diamants, Taste of Diamonds 2013$2,070,000
22013 Armand de Brignac Rosé 30-Liter Midas$275,000
3Shipwrecked 1907 Vintage Heidsieck & Co Monopole GoĂ»t AmĂ©ricain Brut$275,000
42011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter Brut Gold Champagne Nebuchadnezzar$90,000
5Dom PĂ©rignon Rose Gold Methuselah 6L 1996$80,000
6Juglar Cuvée 1820$43,500
7Dom Pérignon Rosé 1959$42,350
81841 Veuve Clicquot Shipwrecked Bottles$34,000
91928 Krug Vintage Brut $21,200
10Louis Roederer Cristal Brut de 1990, Millénium Cuvée Methuselah$18,800
11Collection Krug 1937, signed by Henri and RĂ©mi Krug$16,300
12Dom Pérignon Rosé by David Lynch (Jeroboam, 3 liters) 1998$11,500
13Salon Cuvee ‘S’ Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut 1966$9,559
14Dom PĂ©rignon Oenotheque Brut Millesime 1959$8,315
15Moët & Chandon Esprit du Siecle Brut$6,502
161961 Dom PĂ©rignon Charles & Diana$4,800
171988 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut ‘Spectre’ James Bond 007 Edition$2,992
18Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Swarovski Edition Brut$2,633
19Champagne Carbon$2,200
The 20 Most Expensive Champagne Bottles Ever Sold

1. 2013 GoĂ»t de Diamants, Taste of Diamonds – $2.07 million

GoĂ»t de Diamants, or Taste of Diamonds, held the record for the world’s most expensive champagne bottle for nearly ten years.

Sold in 2013, it was designed by Alexander Amosu and released as a collaboration project with Shammi Shinh, who was also behind the special edition Avenue Foch magnum bottle, which currently sits at the top of the list of the world’s most expensive champagne bottle ever sold.

Alexander Amosu has previously worked on luxury versions of the iPhone or Blackberry and is also known for holding the record for the world’s most valuable suit.

The Taste of Diamonds bottle is decorated with a 19-karat white diamond and a handmade, 18-carat solid white gold logo. The regular edition of this champagne, which has a Swarovski crystal instead of a diamond, can be purchased for only around $210 per bottle, which is a fraction of this luxurious version.

Only ten bottles are produced every year, which are sold to celebrities or for special events. The Taste of Diamonds is said to taste refreshing with floral notes and a smooth finish. In 2012, it won the award for Best Champagne Taste.

2. 2013 Armand de Brignac RosĂ© 30-Liter Midas – $275,000

It comes as no surprise that a 30-liter bottle of champagne is expensive, but you might not expect it to cost $275,000. This giant, bright-pink bottle is 4 feet tall and weighs over 100 pounds. Even when empty, it is a collector’s item and is often sold for thousands of dollars on the resale market to investors or enthusiasts.

The champagne is a delicate rosé with notes of strawberry and blackcurrant. The grapes are 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay.

Armand de Brignac is a small, family-operated vineyard, and their champagne is still produced and bottled by hand by a staff of only eight people.

This specific rosé has gained widespread popularity through celebrity endorsements from public figures like Jay-Z, who personally pushed for larger bottles holding up to 30 liters to be created.

3. Shipwrecked 1907 Vintage Heidsieck & Co Monopole GoĂ»t AmĂ©ricain Brut – $275,000

In the 90s, the ‘Jonkoping‘ shipwreck was discovered in the Baltic Sea, with over 3,000 bottles of vintage champagne.

A large portion wasn’t drinkable, but 2,000 were sold at auction to the Caviar House in 1999 for a total price of $3 million. The Ritz Carlton Moscow also purchased quite a few, and many bottles were resold several times, one even going for $275,000.

The quality of this historic champagne varies greatly, and many bottles were damaged, so the pricing is very inconsistent. Some are available for as little as $6,000, but they’re often not drinkable anymore, and it’s difficult to predict the condition of the champagne before opening it.

That being said, the quality of shipwreck champagne is usually quite good overall because the temperature, absence of light, and high levels of pressure underwater are ideal for storing sparkling wine, which means it can retain its quality for a long time.

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4. 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter Brut Gold Champagne Nebuchadnezzar – $100,000

Armand de Brignac, or Ace of Spades, is a household name in the luxury champagne industry, and rapper Jay-Z has recently partnered with Moët & Chandon to become part owners.

The 15-liter Brut Gold Champagne Nebuchadnezzar bottle takes six months to produce, and its gold exterior makes it a popular choice for sporting events or celebrity parties.

It’s said to be a very sweet champagne with notes of pear and honeysuckle, as well as sweet butter that appeals to a more sophisticated palate.

5. 1996 Dom PĂ©rignon RosĂ© Gold Methuselah 6L – $49,000

There are only 35 6-liter bottles of 1996 Dom PĂ©rignon Rose Gold Methuselah in the world, making this luxury champagne a true collector’s item.

Standard 750ml bottles of this Dom Pérignon Rosé are far more affordable and can be purchased for as little as $1,000, although the price can go up to $6,000 depending on the market.

The champagne is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (as are all Dom Pérignons), resulting in a crisp and slightly smoky taste that continues to impress sommeliers. The 6-liter edition of the 1996 Rosé Gold Methuselah is the most expensive Dom Pérignon champagne in the world.

Keep scrolling to the bottom to check out the answers to some of the most frequently asked Dom PĂ©rignon questions!

6. 1820 Juglar CuvĂ©e – $43,500

The 1820 Juglar Cuvee is the oldest bottle on this list of the most expensive champagne in the world. It was at the bottom of the ocean for nearly two centuries, and despite its age, the contents remain sealed and preserved until today.

Although the exterior is encrusted with barnacles, part of the label remains, and the champagne was sold for $43,500 at auction.

It’s one of the most expensive champagne bottles in the world, partly because of its age but also because its producer, the House of Juglar, no longer exists and closed its doors in the 1840s, justifying the high price.

7. 1959 Dom PĂ©rignon RosĂ© – $42,350

1959 Dom Pérignon Rosé is one of the rarest champagnes in the world, and no one knows exactly how many bottles are in existence today.

The rosĂ© was never available to the public, and there are rumors that the bottles were sent directly to the Shah of Iran to celebrate the Persian Empire’s 2,500th anniversary.

Two bottles were sold at auction in 2008, but since then, no other 1959 Dom Pérignon Rosé has appeared on the market.

8. 1841 Veuve Clicquot Shipwrecked Bottles – $34,000

In 2010, a shipwreck with 168 bottles of champagne on board was discovered near the coast of Finland.

They were hidden away 160 feet below the surface for nearly 170 years and perfectly preserved in the cold and dark temperatures of the sea bed.

They were sold for $34,000 each at auction and remain a true collector’s item.

9. 1928 Krug Vintage Brut – $21,200

The 1928 grape harvest was exceptional, and due to near-perfect weather conditions, the vintage Krug from the same year is considered one of the best champagnes in the world.

Notes of apricot and honey give it a sweet but crisp taste that is said to have been the drink of choice of King George VI. Admittedly, this one will be quite a challenge to get your hands on, but it’s worth reaching out to Krug directly to ask for any advice on how to secure your own bottle.

10. Louis Roederer Cristal Brut de 1990, Millennium Cuvee Methuselah  – $18,800

Only 2,000 bottles of Methuselah Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut de 1990 were produced, and with a price tag of $18,800, this champagne is a true rarity.

Of course, it needs to be considered that the champagne comes in a 6-liter bottle, equivalent to six to eight standard bottles, and was part of a limited edition release to commemorate the millennium.

The champagne has fruit and citrus notes and is produced from 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir grapes. After aging for six years and resting for a further eight months, the champagne was sold to be served at high-end events or kept as a collector’s item.

11. Collection Krug 1937 signed by Henri and RĂ©mi Krug – $16,300

A signed bottle of 1937 Collection Krug was sold for $16,300 in 2012. This vintage bottle was signed in 1987 for Henri Krug’s 50th birthday, who was in charge of the family’s vineyard at the time.

Today, Krug remains a significant influence in the world of luxury champagnes, and this special bottle was signed by not only Henri but also his brother Remi.

12. 1998 RosĂ© Dom PĂ©rignon by David Lynch Jeroboam – $11,500

Dom PĂ©rignon collaborated with American filmmaker and actor David Lynch to create a unique 3-liter bottle of 1998 champagne. Only ten limited edition bottles were produced, and each goes for approximately $11,500.

David Lynch himself was involved in the design of the bottle and gift box and also promoted the champagne as a collector’s item.

13. 1966 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs (Cuvee ‘S’) Brut, – $9,500+

The 1966 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs (Cuvee ‘S’) Brut is a classic champagne with notes of hazelnut and acacia. It tastes tangy and refreshing, with hints of citrus and a crisp finish.

With a price close to $10,000, these bottles are highly coveted and notoriously difficult to purchase. A favorite among sommeliers, this brut is yet another name that might be a challenge to get your hands on!

14. 1959 Dom PĂ©rignon Oenotheque Brut Millesime –  $8,315

For just over $8,300, champagne enthusiasts can purchase a bottle of 1959 Dom PĂ©rignon Oenotheque Brut Millesime. This blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes has notes of figs and honey with a hint of berries, creating a smooth finish.

What makes this an even more unusual bottle of champagne is the distinct aroma of tobacco that creates a full-bodied and opulent taste.

Note: The Dom PĂ©rignon Oenotheque range has been replaced by P2 and P3 labels, which refer to a second and third release of the same vintage.

15. MoĂ«t & Chandon Esprit du Siecle Brut – $6,502

Moët and Chandon, one of the most renowned champagne houses, created the Esprit du Siecle Brut, which translates to Spirit of the Century, to celebrate the new millennium. They decided to create a blend of some of the best champagne from the past 100 years, including some from the year 1900.

Only 323 magnum bottles of Esprit du Siecle Brut were produced, and a very limited amount has been offered for sale so far, mostly to celebrities or Moët & Chandon employees.

This unique project was not meant for commercial access but rather a one-of-a-kind experiment, producing a commemorative bottle.

16. 1961 Dom PĂ©rignon Charles & Diana – $4,800

For Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding, a small number of commemorative bottles of Dom PĂ©rignon were produced. Estimates claim that there were 99 regular bottles and 12 magnums, most of which were opened and consumed at the wedding.

However, some were also sold to unknown buyers, and especially the magnums can occasionally be purchased in auctions. The year 1961 is Lady Diana’s birth year and was therefore chosen for this important occasion.

Photo: Christie’s

17. 1988 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut ‘Spectre’ James Bond 007 Edition – $2,992

Bollinger has a long-standing history with the classic British spy films, and produced this vintage champagne to celebrate the release of the 24th Bond movie in 2015.

James Bond was a notorious champagne drinker, and this special edition was designed with an all-silver bottle that resembles an upside-down wine glass.

The champagne came with a custom cool box or an elaborate crystal set that increases its value significantly. The champagne itself has notes of vanilla, pear, and honey.

Whilst it may be challenging to find this specific vintage, Bollinger typically release new limited edition vintages to commemorate the release of new James Bond films, so keep your eyes peeled!

18. Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Swarovski Edition Brut – $2,600+

As you may have recognized by now, Armand de Brignac is known for its unconventional bottles and elaborate designs.

Their limited Swarovski edition is encrusted with crystals and is guaranteed to attract attention with its all-gold exterior. The champagne is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier with notes of exotic fruits, cherry, and apricot.

19. Champagne Carbon – $2,200

Champagne Carbon is one of the more modern luxury champagnes and is the result of tedious experimentation and a delicate blend of notes.

Bottles come wrapped in a delicate carbon cloth that took years to develop, and each one requires a week of work from a skilled craftsman. However, the packaging is not meant to take the attention away from the exquisite champagne that makes this such a unique find.

The Carbon is described as fruity and gentle with a hint of sweetness and is made from 46% Chardonnay grapes, 24% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier.

Champagne Cabron also recently collaborated with luxury car manufacturer Bugatti, to create a 15-liter bottle of vintage Carbon champagne, uniquely homed in sculptural cases resembling four classic Bugatti vehicles: Mistral, Bolide, Divo and Chiron.

The Most Expensive Champagne Bottle Ever Sold

The record-holder for the world’s most expensive champagne bottle ever sold is a Champagne Avenue Foch 2017 ‘Magnum 2.5’, who sold a limited edition magnum bottle in 2022 for $2.5 million.

This wasn’t a conventional sale, though, and the buyers didn’t actually receive the bottle, but only an NFT of it. The champagne can be obtained if the owner chooses to “burn” or destroy the NFT, which is just as well, since they have no plans to drink it.

This specific bottle became the world’s most expensive champagne for a number of reasons. It is encrusted with diamond-cut Swarovski crystals, but what makes it so valuable are the cartoon decorations made by Mig, the designer of the Bored Ape Yacht Club and Sneaky Vampire Syndicate’s artwork. The owner now holds the creative rights to these in the form of NFTs, making this champagne a truly one-of-a-kind bottle.

Shammi Shinh, the man behind this project and also the previous record-holder for the world’s most expensive champagne bottle, states he wanted to create a timeless piece that is a work of art as well as a profitable investment. He firmly believes that NFTs are the new diamonds and wants to fuse modern technology with classic values and traditional perspectives on what luxury looks like.

The Avenue Foch magnum NFT was purchased by Giovanni and Piero Buono, an Italian crypto investment duo who are known for their achievements in the technology and fashion industries.

What is the #1 Champagne?

Although the world’s most expensive champagne was produced by Avenue Foch, this does not necessarily mean it is the #1 champagne on the planet. Aside from its very expensive price tag, there are plenty of delightful champagne brands in which to indulge – but it’s all very much down to personal preference.

Some of the more well-known and universally loved champagnes include Moët & Chandon (pronounced mo-eT, not mo-ay), Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon.

Which is the best? That all depends on you, your taste and your budget!

Frequently Asked Questions about Dom PĂ©rignon

Over recent years, Dom PĂ©rignon has earned itself somewhat of a cult like status in the world of champagne and luxury living in general, and having a bottle of Dom PĂ©rignon at a table is almost seen as a luxury status symbol in itself.

There’s no doubt that is an exquisite champagne, and it’s no surprise that it features several times in our most expensive champagnes list. There are many frequently asked questions about the champagne, the and the answers to the most common have been included below, but there are some other things worth noting when it comes to this legendary champagne.

Most importantly, Dom PĂ©rignon is a champagne, not a champagne house. It is in fact a prestige cuvĂ©e made by the house of MoĂ«t & Chandon – this means it is the highest quality of champagne that the house makes.

Created in 1921 and named after a Benedictine monk who lived in Champagne, France, there are several characteristics that make it a special product. When it comes to taste, it is known for its rich, dry yet complex flavors and exquisite quality, but it is always a blend of Pinot Noir And Chardonnay. The percentages of each may vary from year to year, depending on the flavor profile of the season.

Around 5 million bottles of Dom PĂ©rignon are produced each year, and each are aged for a minimum of 7 years. It’s also worth noting that Dom PĂ©rignon is always a vintage champagne, and only ever contains grapes from a single year alone.

This means that a Dom PĂ©rignon vintage will not be produced every year – if the growing conditions for the grapes are unfavorable in a single year, then a vintage will not be released for that year. This typically happens around three to four times a decade.

Knowing some of these key facts will make it easier to understand why it is so special!

Why is Dom PĂ©rignon so expensive?

Dom PĂ©rignon is known for its exceptional quality and traditional wine-making techniques that guarantee a consistently excellent product. As mentioned above, if the grapes aren’t up to their high standards in a single year, a vintage will not be released!

They use some of the best grapes in the world (all sourced from Champagne, France) and have very strict guidelines when it comes to ripening, aging, and bottling.

What is So Great about Dom PĂ©rignon?

Dom PĂ©rignon has been operating for over 100 years, and they have a fantastic reputation in the luxury champagne industry. As you are now aware, they do not blend vintages and only use the best ingredients, resulting in high-end and overall superb champagne.

What is the Most Expensive Dom PĂ©rignon You Can Buy?

The most expensive Dom Pérignon champagne is the 6-liter 1996 Rosé Gold Methuselah which costs around $80,000 per bottle.



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