Whether it’s enjoyed on a drizzly Monday night in front of the TV or at a weekend party at the height of summer, nothing quite has the mood-enhancing powers of a decent bottle of champagne. But we’re not talking about that $10 bottle of “sparkling wine” or, heavens forbid, that sweet, sickly “prosecco” garbage the Italians produce. We’re talking about actual, quality-assured champagne from the protected Champagne region of France — the hallmark of class, money and a fucking good time.
While standard house bottles of Moët & Chandon (that’s Moët with a hard T, FYI, not, as many snobs falsely presume, “Moway”) and Veuve Clicquot will give you that fuzzy tongue-d excitement, sometimes you need something with a more complex range of flavors. Sometimes you need a bottle that will really leave an impression on those around you. For that, Insider has you covered for it has just listed the 10 most expensive champagnes in the world.
Of course, good ol’ Dom Peri gets a look-in (including a bottle designed by David Lynch) but there are also bottles from smaller houses like Armand de Brignac and Salon. Check them out below.
10. Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 — $899
9. Champagne Krug Vintage Brut (1.5 Liter) 1988 — $949.99
8. Champagne Krug Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1995 — $969
7. Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill (3 Liter) 1988 — $1,175
6. Veuve Clicquot Yellowboam Ostrich Limited (3 Liter) — $1,599
5. Armand de Brignac Brut Gold (Ace of Spades) (3 Liter) — $2,239
4. Champagne Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1995 — $3,999
3. Armand de Brignac Brut Gold (Ace of Spades) (6 Liter) — $6,500
2. Dom Pérignon Rosé by David Lynch (Jeroboam, 3 Liter) 1998 — $11,179
1. Dom Pérignon Rose Gold (Mathusalem, 6 Liter) 1996 — $49,000
Head over to Insider to read the stories behind each of these fine wines. After that, watch this great video of David Lynch waxing lyrical about the beauty of Dom Pérignon below.
In other news, Shake Shack Japan now has a “Michelin-Starred” burger and it looks delicious.