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The following is a list of some of the wine world’s finest wines. The true trophies of any collection. These are the wines with the highest pedigrees, generally recognized as the ‘blue-chippers’ of wine investment.

They are some of the most expensive wines of the world, coveted by serious collectors for both newer and older vintages. In general, these wines are built to age with some drinking superbly 50+ years post-bottling. As Robert Parker once said, “These are the wines for only a select few. Not necessarily always the best value, but always a safe bet if the objective is the purchase of prestige, high scores and reliable excellence.”




Wine Investment starts and ends with First Growth Bordeaux. These wines sparked the formal age of fine wine investment. Some vintages can age for 75+ years.

Chateau Margaux

Often cited as the wine lover’s preferred First Growth producer.

Chateau Lafite

Beautiful, reliable, suburb.

Chateau Latour

Forceful, outstanding.

Chateau Haut-Brion

Iconic, right bank producer

Chateau Mouton-Rothschild

Iconic labels feature the world’s foremost artists.


These right bank Bordeaux wines are predominately Merlot-dominant red wine blends.

Chateau Cheval Blanc

1947 Cheval Blanc is one of the world’s most coveted bottles and was featured in the animated movie Ratatouille. Cabernet Franc is often the dominant grape in this blend.

Chateau Ausone

Another blend that features Cab Franc prominently.


One of the most expensive wines sold at retail (new vintages)

Le Pin

Microscopic 120 case annual production. Highly technical wine.

Chateau Angelus

Chateau Pavie

Chateau Lafleur



Bordeaux (left bank) was officially classified in 1855, and with only one exception (Mouton Rothschild elevated to 1st growth in 1973) changes to the list were strictly prohibited, leaving producers who have since improved stuck on the outside looking in to “First Growth” status. Hence this informal category, recognizing those wines of superior quality even if officially ranked lower (over 160 years ago).

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion

Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Chateau Pichon Lalande

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

Chateau Palmer

Chateau Cos D’Estournel

Chateau Montrose

Chateau Pichon Baron

Chateau Pontet Canet



Domaine De La Romanee-Conti

The most sought after Pinot Noir in the world. Unlike any other wine, it is also the most counterfeited bottle in the world

Henri Jayer

Domaine Comte Georges De Vogue

Domaine Georges Roumier

Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere Et Fils


The best, most age-worthy examples of oaked Chardonnay in the world. The pinnacle of balance.

Domaine Leflaive

Domaine Leroy


Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin

Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle

Chateau De Beaucastel Hommage A Jacques Perrin Chateauneuf-Du-Pape

Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf-Du-Pape



Krug Clos D’Ambonnay

Boerl & Kroff Brut



Chateau D’Yquem

The recognized best dessert wine in the world. You can age these wines >100 years.


Bordeaux-style red blends often incorporating some Italian varieties. Grown in conditions similar to Bordeaux in France, these wines are built to last and are often exceptional value compared to their French counterparts. Soaring in popularity in the wine investment world.

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia


Those in the know in Italy prefer Ornellaia above all the rest in this category



Brunello represents the acme of Tuscan winemaking. These are the best, most age-worthy examples of Chianti.

Fattoria Poggio Di Sotto

Casanova Di Neri Cerretalto

Case Basse Di Gianfranco Soldera Intistieti


Unbelievably complex and age-worthy wines featuring the powerful Nebbiolo grape.

Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo

Mascarello E Figlio Monprivato Barolo

Bruno Giacosa Collina Rionda Barolo

Poderi Aldo Conterno Granbussia Barolo

Roagna Crichet Paje Barbaresco

Bruno Giacoas Gallina Barbaresco

Gaja Sori Tildin Barbaresco



Screaming Eagle

Harlan Estate

Fanatic winemaking at its best

Mondavi Opus One

A true icon of US wine, but much better value exists elsewhere.


Penfold’s Grange

Henschke’s Hill Of Grace

Torbreck, Run Rig And The Laird

Jim Barry, The Armagh

Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive, and for the seasoned collector I am sure there are many notable absences.

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