Argentinian consumers are used to having some wine at home for everyday consumption, while they save a bottle of premium wine for special occasions. But there are some wines that, because of their high market price and exclusiveness, exceed the former categories and are kept under lock and key. These are ultra premium wines, real gems that take wineries to the highest ranks in the elite of the wine business.
Javier Merino, director of Área del Vino, a specialized consultancy firm, explained that "wineries need to launch these products to the market to enhance their corporate image because super exclusive wines boost the sales of the other lines".
The top ten
In this context, the prices of Argentina’s ten most expensive wines currently in the trade start at AR$ 600 and reach AR$ 1,600.
It should be noted that the ranking only included wines of recent vintages and batches that can still be found at exclusive restaurants and cellars, that is, wines that are currently accessible to consumers and are not part of a wine collection that can only be bought at auctions, since in these cases, prices are extremely variable and may be very hard to determine.
According to the survey conducted by journalist Gabriela Malizia, Catena Zapata’s Estiba Reservada 1997, of which only a small number of bottles are still available, is priced AR$ 1,600 and ranks first. It could not be priced lower: it was a limited edition of 7,200 bottles. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot was produced with grapes from different vineyards, but mostly sourced from 40 year-old vines located in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo.
The second position was for Alta Vista Alto 1998, for which, should you come across a bottle, you will need to spend AR$ 1,500. The Alto line is still in production and continues to gain international prestige. For instance, the 2006 and 2007 vintages obtained 95 points from The Wine Advocate, the world’s most important wine magazine. In addition, Alto is exported to more than 40 countries.
The third and fourth places were for two wines by Bodegas Bressia: Última Hoja 2006 and Conjuro 2003. These wines are still in production and are two of Argentina’s most exclusive lines: only 800 bottles are produced, the wine is kept in oak for 24 months, and then stored for 12 months in the winery.
Nico, the icon wine of Viña Cobos, the prestigious Mendocinian winery, won the fifth position with a price of AR$ 760 and a production that ranges between 4,200 and 7,200 bottles. The best score was achieved by Cobos Malbec 2006, which with 99 points, received the highest score ever awarded to a Latin American wine by that publication.
Source: Infobae Profesional http://www.iprofesional.com/