Synonymous with luxury, a crisp, chilled glass of champagne is the go-to drink for celebrations, toasts and lavish events. Rarity is vital when choosing the best (and most expensive) champagne.
From the Queen’s favorite to a case preserved at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, we raise a glass to the finest champagnes in the world.
Gout de Diamants
Gout de Diamants Champagne, or Taste of Diamonds, describe their champagne as the embodiment of luxury. Produced from Grand Cru grapes in Oger by the Chapuy family of growers, each grape is handpicked from the finest vineyards. Such fine champagne deserves an opulent bottle, and Gout de Diamants delivers just that – it features a Swarovski crystal centered in a pewter diamond-shaped logo and a label made from pure white gold plate – making it one of the world’s most expensive champagnes at $1.9 million. (Image: Instagram @goutdediamants)
Krug 1995 Clos D’Ambonnay
A favorite of the rich and famous, from Naomi Campbell to Queen Victoria (she famously smuggled a few bottles in to hospital when she was being treated) and the long-standing drink of choice for the aristocracy. It’s no surprise that Krug has a Royal Warrant seal of approval. Krug’s tiny single walled vineyard in Ambonnay provides the main supply of grapes for the House of Krug, and the vineyard for Krug’s Clos D’Ambonnay is just 0.58 hectare – making the Clos D’Ambonnay 1995 extremely rare, only 250 were ever released. (Image: Instagram @krugchampagneus)
Armand de Brignac Brut Gold (Ace of Spades)
A cult bottle coveted for its gilded looks and content, the Armand de Brignac Brut Gold is the brand’s signature cuvee and was originally produced by The Cattier family for the Andre Courreges fashion house. Each bottle is finished with a real pewter label which is polished and applied by hand. In 2014, rapper Jay-Z acquired the champagne brand for an undisclosed amount. (Image: Instagram @armanddebrignac)
Bollinger Vieilles Vignes 2004
Bollinger has been producing champagne since 1829 and are one of the few remaining independent Champagne houses. The brand has been family-managed since 1889 and cultivate more than 150 hectares of vineyards. The Vieilles Vignes 2004 is created using grapes from Bollinger’s oldest, pre-phylloxera vines and only 3,886 numbered bottles of the 2004 Vieilles Vignes were produced. (Image: Instagram @champagne_bollinger)
A unique champagne that has spent 170 years at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. In 2010, a dive team discovered an extraordinary bounty in the wreckage of a ship that sank almost two centuries ago. A total of 168 bottles of champagne were discovered, with 47 being Veuve Clicquot. The bottles were opened and tasted by experts and found to be well preserved. A select few bottles have been auctioned for up to $37,290, and others are kept in museums. (Image: Instagram @veuveclicquot)