A very expensive glass of wine please!

Wine can be an expensive drink if you’re looking for the very best and oldest wine around. Forget the cheap bottle of plonk from the supermarket, there is some beautifully sophisticated vino out there. Here we take a look at some of the most expensive wine ever sold:

When a wine merchant accidentally dropped a bottle that was owned by Thomas Jefferson, the insurance paid out £180,416 for it. It was a bottle of Chateau Margaux from 1875 and the merchant tried to get £500,000 for it.

A Cheval Blanc from 1947 is worth in the region of £243,000 while an 1869 Chateau Lafite is worth £187,000. The Chateau Lafite had been priced at a mere £6500 but a bidding war at an auction pushed it right up to that unexpected amount.

The priciest wine in the world is a 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet which is valued at half a million dollars. This six litre bottle was sold and thankfully the money raised went to charity. For Online wine merchants in Northern Ireland, visit http://thewinecompanyni.com/.

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Historic events can push up the price of an item and that was the case when more than 1000 bottles were discovered under a Swedish freighter that had been sunk by a German U-boat during World War I. One of theses bottle of 1907 Heidseick was valued at £220,452.

Wine prices fluctuate depending on factors such as supply and demand, vintage, age, maturity and the economic conditions of the wine producing country itself. Experts have said that the perfect Burgundy is the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits – this French wine is made from 85% Pinot Noir grapes. It was once described as ‘velvet and satin in bottles’ by the Archbishop of Paris. If you want to try one, it will set you back a cool £8,310.

For a taste of Germany, the Egon Muller-Schwarzhof Schwarzhofberger Riesling comes in at a slightly cheaper £4,577. It is produced on the banks of the Moselle River and has been very underrated in the past, no thanks to the proliferation of Liebfraumilch and Blue Nun which probably put a lot of people off German wine. The 2010 vintage of this Riesling has been given a 100 out 100 by the critics.

For a wine that has received more awards than any other in the region, the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune will only cost you £2,948. The 2003. 2004 and 2005 vintages were awarded three starts each by the Guide Hachette des Vins. The scent has been described as a mixture of honey, graphite, pear, pineapple, vanilla and orange peel. It certainly sounds delicious.

For an eco-friendly vineyard which hasn’t used any chemicals, herbicides or insecticides for more than a generation and where the grapes are sorted by hand and not on a conveyor belt, try the Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits. You won’t receive much change from £4000 but you can’t put a price on quality.