When I browse through a wine menu, unfortunately, my first glance goes to the right side of the menu; the price column. After all, wines are often priced quite ridiculously. And now, we come to the crux of our conversation here; the most expensive bottle of wine; a $40,000 bottle of decade-old vintage wine from the Carpathian foothills of northeastern Hungary, the Tokaji Essencia. Yes, we have most definitely ditched the French vineyards of Bordeaux for this East European vineyard, which we hear is making a comeback after being cast aside for the longest time.
For our wine connoisseurs, here’s an interesting (rather known) fact in the wine industry, the high price of a bottle stems from both cost of production and scarcity. The process is far from simple; to produce a single magnum of the sweet and syrupy Essencia, more than 400 pounds of grapes have to be harvested by hand. Thereby, Essencia is unquestionably among the most labor-intensive wines in the world.
The conclusion; only 18 bottles of this very special 2008 vintage will ever reach buyers, thereby making it a highly prized possession, “2008 is recognized to be an exceptional vintage, and Essencia is the kind of wine that can age for 100 years or longer,” says Tom Hudson, a director of London-based Farr Vintners, Britain’s largest purveyor of fine wine. “I think the reason they’re doing this is that they’ve got something that is essentially unique—it’s a very exclusive, limited edition kind of thing.”