As the ultimate toasting tipple, champagne is a beverage that is revered for its class and sophistication around the world. Champagne has been used to mark special occasions since 1789. The European royal court at the time adored its sparkling qualities, as they believed it had “positive effects on women’s beauty and man’s wit.”
These days, champagne is used to toast weddings and even to christen a ship, by smashing a bottle off the side of it. Due to its production process, heritage and even the bottle design itself, champagne can cost a pretty penny.
Let’s take a closer look at the most expensive bottles of champagne that have ever been produced.
2013 Taste of Diamonds – £1.2 million
With a name like ‘Taste of Diamonds’, you can only expect the very best champagne the world has to offer, and indeed the most expensive. It was created by British/Nigerian designer Alexander Amosu, who is renowned for adding diamonds to the likes of phones, and who also is Guinness World Record holder for making the world’s most expensive suit.
Little information can be found about the flavours or aromas of Taste of Diamonds itself. We assume this is down to the secretive nature of its luxury, rather than owners not actually daring to drink away their investment! We assume they don’t send out free samples to reviewers either. However, what we do know is that the bottle is engraved with the owner’s name on 18-karat solid gold. The luxury doesn’t stop there, as a 19-karat diamond sits in the middle of the bottle.
One Direction star Liam Payne bought a bottle back in 2013 to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Given it cost twice the price of an average property in London, that’s quite some birthday present!
2013 Armand de Brignac Rose 30-Liter Midas – £212,000
Weighing 45kg, standing at over 4ft high and being the equivalent of 40 regular sized bottles of champagne, Armand de Brignac Rose 30-Liter Midas certainly wouldn’t leave your guests thirsty. Though at £212,000 it might leave you out of pocket!
The champagne is made from a mixture of grapes that includes 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. Only the top fraction of the yield is used, making for the finest quality champagne. It has a beautiful salmon colour that owes itself to the mixture of red and white grapes that are used to make it. Finally, every bottle of Armand de Brignac cuvée also includes a special liqueur that is aged twelve months in champagne and burgundy oak casks.
The first ever bottle of Armand de Brignac Rose was uncorked at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Whether you’d need a win on the hotel’s casino to be able own a bottle remains to be seen…
2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter – £70,000
We remain with the brand that is synonymous for it’s ‘Ace of Spades’ champagne bottles, as the 2011 Armand de Brignac 15-Liter is also one of the most expensive bottles ever produced. Coming in at £70,000, the company was bought by American rapper Jay-Z after first being developed by the Cattier family.
The 2011 Armand de Brignac has tasting notes of apple, peach and pear. It has light bubbly aromas that are playful yet luxurious. If you can afford a bottle, it pairs beautifully with foods such as pork, shellfish, salmon or cheese.
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