If you want to celebrate with a bottle of fine wine, this holiday season, there are many wonderful choices on the market, but if you want the finest of the fine, you best be prepared to break out the plastic and dig deep into that holiday budget; perfection comes at a cost. Luckily, wine is one arena where you still get what you pay for, so while the wines on this list may be a bit pricey, for some, they are more than worth the expense.
France Dominates as Usual
Superior wines come from superior grapes and superior grapes come from superior soil. France has the finest soil in the world. For the wine connoisseur, this is a given and is more than born out by our list. Four of our top 9 all come from the Cote de Nuits region of France; Two each from the Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel, Germany and Cote de Beaune, France.
In simple terms, France as has become the norm, dominates our list with 2/3 of all the wines listed coming from the land of wine and cheese, with Germany sneaking in at number two and surprisingly Italy only having one contender make the cut.
Our Wine List
This list is based on the average price of a standard bottle (750ml) and gleamed across all available vintages of each wine. Conventional wine wisdom dictates, and our list shows, older wine or those associated with certain names and events are generally more expensive.
1. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France
Avg Price: $13,055
2. Egon Muller-Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel, Germany
Avg Price: $8,027
3. Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France
Avg Price: $5,769
4. Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France
Avg Price: $5,133
5. Fattoria La Magia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy
Avg Price: $5,016
6. Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France
Avg Price: $4,847
7. Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel, Germany
Avg Price: $4,751
8. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France
Avg Price: $4,407
9. Henri Jayer Echezeaux Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France
Avg Price: $3,597
To expound and do justice to any of the wines on our list would require a small to medium size book. They each have their own flavors and subtle nuances that, though they can be described, have to be experienced to be truly appreciated. They are each, in their own way, the masterpieces of the winemaker’s art, an art whose roots date back further than civilization itself.