💅 DRINK BETTER Cheapest Most Expensive Wines
Two years ago, a bottle of 1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti sold for a record $558,000. It has something to do with scarcity (only 600 bottles exist) and rare old vines and the influence of Burgundy blah blah blah. It also has a lot to do with how the global wine market operates much like the stonk market. Rare wines are bought, sold and hoarded by rich people, driving prices up. HODL, moon, rockets etc.
But we’re not here to talk about those wines or that kind of wine market. We’re here to talk about expensive cult wines in the natural wine world—which are, like, 5,000 times less expensive—and how I’ve got pretty good dupes that are somewhat more affordable.
So, wine. Is there a difference between cheap and expensive? Yeh and no. Of course, we all want to drink a L’Anglore on a regular weeknight but, as your mum probably said, money does not grow on trees. And so, it brings us here, to the cheapest most expensive wines on DRNKS right now. Fizzes, oranges and reds that are crazy good for what they cost—especially if you buy all 6. You get 10% off. (But I probably didn’t have to remind you).
NV Alessandro Viola Blanc de Blancs - $65
Look, I know you can get shitty Champagne for this price, but this is more in line with entry level grower gear, and that starts at double this. Italian, not French. But has more in common with Champagne than Prosecco. Always tasty.
2020 Sonnen Dancers - $36
Seriously made Chardonnay from the land of not having appellations. Weird. Ultra cool-climate Tassie gear that makes me think it could be up the top of Burgundy. More on Tassie from our mate/chef Analiese Gregory here.
2020 Momento Mori Staring at the Sun - $42
In the north east of Italy and Slovenia and Georgia, skin contact white wine can be expensive —especially if you’re looking for depth and character. Our mate Dane from Momento Mori bottles all those characteristics and more, except his wine is priced more like it’s from Victoria...which it is. Their flagship. Always so good.
2020 Chateau Acid Rosato - $33
This has all the hallmarks of some of my favourite Grenache based rosé / light red from the bottom of the Rhône Valley. I didn’t say L’Anglore, you said L’Anglore. The usual suspects here: biodynamic farming, zero adds, ancient basket press tech. Juicy.
2019 LattaVINO Coghills Creek Pinot Noir - $35
Is there anything Owen Latta can’t do? (Answers here). What a lord. This is exceptional Pinot Noir from an ultra cool climate part of Victoria...Why the heck is it only $35?
2018 Les Fruits Occitan - $27
Sure, everyone knows we love Owen and won’t shut up about him, but sometimes, especially on a below 10-degree night, you feel like a bit more oomph. Like this Shiraz by Tim Stock, also a long-time importer of Georgian wines. It’s not your usual Barossa monster but it’s got more weight than that Latta Pinot… And if that’s your thing, then that’s your thing.