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Penfold's recently released the most expensive wine in the world. No, the bottle wasn't signed by Thomas Jefferson, or forged by Hardy Rodenstock, or even made in a previous century (or decade for that matter). No, this wine was from 2004 vintage of Penfold's 'Block 42', what Penfold's claims are the oldest continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world.
The price tag?
A mere $168,000 per "bottle". This makes the wine the most expensive sold by a winery, although not at auction.
But as you can see, this Ferrari-like price tag doesn't come in any traditional bottle, have a cork, or resemble anything from this world. No, they decided to package the limited release in ampoules that are hermetically sealed. Only 12 of the ampoules of this wine were created, so if you're in the market for a bottle plan on contacting Penfold's rather soon to make sure you secure one.
Price per ounce: $6,514.17
Price per glass (assuming 5 ounce glass) = $33,070.87
Price per meager sip= $1628.54
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When you do decide to pick up a bottle, you can give the winery a call. Not only will they send someone out to attend an 'opening ceremony' (expect as much pomp and circumstance as the Olympics), but they will also open the ampoule with a specially designed tungsten-tipped, sterling silver scribe-snap.
Ampoules need to be snapped open so you should probably take them up on the offer to help - you don't want a $168,000 stain on your carpet.