Insider's Picks: Most Expensive Red Wines

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Wine is one drink often held in high regard thanks to their complex flavors, classy aroma and purported health benefits. They say a glass of red a day keeps the doctor away, but these bottles are so expensive, they might keep the bank looking a little grey

The Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 ($500,000)

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Released only in 1995, a six-liter bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 stole the show at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000 when it became the highest priced bottle of wine ever sold… Technically. At a staggering half a million dollars, it retains said ranking in the world of astronomically priced wines, but the deal was reportedly closed at a discount, since the proceeds were meant for charity.

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Chateau Margaux 1787 ($225,000)

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Alas, all that remains of the famous Chateau Margaux 1787 is but a memory – perhaps even a sad one. Part of the Thomas Jefferson wine collection, the bottle was reportedly priced at $500,000, and later acquired by a wine merchant by the name of William Sokolin. Sokolin brought the bottle for a black-tie dinner at New York City’s Four Seasons hotel, where it was left shattered after being accidentally knocked over by a waiter. While the reported price tag of the Chateau Margaux 1787 can’t never be confirmed, the bottle was insured for $225,000.

Cheval Blanc 1947 ($135,125)

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Attaining the highest rank by the classification of Saint-Emilion wines, the Château Cheval Blanc joins only three other wines with its coveted Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status. Then, in 2006, a double magnum bottle of the Cheval Blanc 1947 was acquired for $135,125 in San Francisco.

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