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Romanée-Conti is the most expensive wine in the world. In Italy the Monfortino by Giacomo Conterno

In “The World’s Most Expensive Wines” by Wine-Searcher there is no Italy, Burgundy domination, and Moselle’s surprise

Burgundy dominates, as was easy to predict, but the market for fine wines is slowing down, with the average prices of the ten most expensive wines in the world, which, in the last 12 months, have grown by just 1.52%, against +43.9% a year ago, driven by the boom of three labels, Musigny and Chambertin of Domaine Leroy (+125.8% and 84.75%) and Musigny of Domaine Georges & Cristophe Roumier (+80.6%), whose prices today are essentially stable. That this is the end of the price boom of recent years? It’s hard to say, but it’s certainly the most significant fact that emerges from “The World’s Most Expensive Wines” by Wine-Searcher, the annual list of the most expensive wines in the world, which analyzes and queues the average prices of thousands of labels, on the market with at least four of the last ten vintages, and present on at least five online shops. The other news, which unfortunately is not surprising, is that there are no Italians in the top 50, with many confirmations among the top positions and some small adjustments.
The most expensive wine in the world is still the Romanée-Conti di Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, at an average price of $20,405 per bottle, followed on the podium by another symbol of Burgundy, the Musigny of Domaine Leroy ($15,680), and the King of the Moselle, the Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese of Egon Muller ($13,558). At position no. 4, the Musigny of Domaine Georges & Cristophe Roumier (13-050 dollars), at no. 5 the Montrachet of Domaine Leflaive (10,100 dollars), followed at no. 6 by Montrachet of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (7,921 dollars). At position no. 7 the Chambertin of Domaine Leroy (7,553 dollars), then at no. 8 the Chevalier-Montrachet of Domaine d’Auvenay (6,616 dollars), followed by a symbol of U.S. enology such as the Sauvignon Blanc of Screaming Eagle (6,070 dollars), at no. 9, and the Richebourg of Domaine Leroy (6,006), which closes the top 10 of the most expensive wines in the world. Extending the analysis to the top 50 wines in the ranking, the domination of Burgundy is interrupted by 11 German labels, 6 of which from the Moselle, the second most represented region, even more than Bordeaux, which has only three wines in the ranking: Petrus, Le Pin, and Liber Pater.
And Italy? As mentioned, no wine from Italy has managed to enter the top 50, but Wine-Searcher dedicates an ad hoc ranking to the Italian labels, the “Most Expensive Italian Wine” which, in first place, puts the Barolo Riserva Monfortino di Giacomo Conterno, online, on average, at 1,083 euros per bottle, followed by Masseto (678 euros) and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera (627 euros).
Behind, another piece of history of Italian viticulture, the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva by Biondi Santi (491 euros), at position n. 4, followed by the Barolo Label of Artist of Barolo Mascarello (426 euros), at position n. 5, then the Testamatta Color by Bibi Graetz (409 euros) at no. 6. Always among the most valuable labels, at position n. 7 here is the Vin Santo of Montepulciano Oculus of Pernice of Avignonesi (406 euros). Then a niche label like that of Barolo Piè Franco Otin Fiorin of Cappellano (394 euros), at no. 8, right in front of Soì San Lorenzo di Gaja (387 euros), at position n. 9, and the Barolo Riserva Villero di Vietti (378 euros) to close a top 10 equally divided between Tuscany and Piedmont, which dominate the first 25 positions, where we find only two exceptions: the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo di Valentini and the Amarone di Dal Forno Romano.

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