Wine is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world, consisting of a simple mixture of fermented grapes aged for complexity and richness.
When distillation practices came along centuries later, winemakers decided to try distilling wine, and brandy was born!
Brandy is a wine liqueur, encompassing various types and traditions all around the wine-producing world. Just as fine wines are incredibly expensive, so too are the finest and oldest brandies.
Read on to discover my list of the most expensive brandy.
Louis XIII de Remy Martin Rare Cask Grande Champagne Cognac
Aged in ultra-rare Champagne casks, Louis XIII de Remy Martin is a French brandy with limited production.
This rich brandy has a higher alcohol content and a unique palate of earthy mushrooms and nuts. It’s bottled in black crystal, for a stunning presentation, and priced at around 35,000 dollars.
Hardy L'Eté Lalique Cognac Grande Champagne
Pricing at a little over 32,000 dollars for a Liter bottle, Hardy L’Ete Lalique Cognac Grande Champagne is a blend of 6 different cognac brandies from its namesake region. This delicious brandy blend has tasting notes of honey and cinnamon.
It’s named for the crystal decanter designed by the famed glassware artist Lalique.
Croizet Cognac Leonie 1858
Croizet is one of the oldest Cognac producers in the world, opened by Leon Croizet in 1805. Croizet Cognac Leonie 1858 is made from an ancient strain of wine grapes, giving it a spicy and complex flavor palate.
Croizet Cognac Leonie is the most expensive cognac in the world, costing over 150,000 dollars a bottle.
Cave de l’Hotel de Paris Grande Champagne Cognac
Housed in the cellar of one of the finest luxury hotels in Monte Carlo, Cave de l'Hotel de Paris Grande Champagne Cognac is a French cognac produced in 1810.
The centuries-old bottle with its faded label fetches around 10,000 dollars at auction. This bottle is valued for its age and isn’t necessarily a product for sipping.
Cognac Brugerolle 1795
A delicious brandy from the Brugerolle family Cognac House in Charente, France, COgnac Brugerolle 1795 is made from two unique types of grape to the Cognac region, aged for a minimum of 50 years in oak barrels.
It has a deep amber hue and tasting notes of leather, dried fruit, and baking spices with a smooth finish. It costs around 145,000 dollars.
Hennessy Timeless Cognac
Hennessy is one of the most famous Cognac producers in the world, offering a myriad of limited edition cognacs that make this list of the most expensive brandy.
The Hennessy Timeless sells at around 14000 dollars per bottle. Not only is it aged for 100 years, but it also blends 100 different types of cognac.
Lecompte Secret Calvados
This delicious blend of over 100 eau de vie comes from forgotten barrels that the founder of Maison Lecompte had left to age during the 1920s.
Lecompte is a brand of calvados out of Normandy, and this Lecompte Secret Calvados has an irresistible flavor palate of chocolate, candied fruit, orange, and coffee with an apple finish.
HINE 250 Years Decanter 1953 Cognac
This French cognac producer came out with a limited edition Cognac to celebrate their 250-year anniversary. Consequently, they only made 250 bottles of this HINE Decanter 1953, which has been aging since 1953.
The last auction priced a bottle at a little over 17,000 dollars. This 70-year aged cognac has rich-tasting notes of orange and tobacco.
1865 Manoir de Beraut Comte de Goyon Armagnac
Armagnac, like cognac or the calvados, is a region-specific brandy. This 1865 Manoir de Berat Comte de Goyon Amrganc is the most expensive Armagnac brandy in the world, priced at around 9000 dollars.
It is a very rare bottle made from grapes grown centuries ago for high-up politicians of the time.
Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne
At 2 million dollars, Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne is the most expensive brandy in history. It is the rarest cognac in the world from the Cognac House of Dudognon, aged for a minimum of 100 years in oak barrels using the finest eau de vie.
Its bottle alone is worth thousands, plated with gold and silver.
Hardy Privilege Caryota Lalique Cognac Grande Champagne
Yet another collaboration between Hardy Cognac producers and the famed Lalique glassware maker, Hardy Privilege Caryota is a blend of various eau de vie that are over 100 years old, dating to 1914.
The handcrafted crystal carafe adds even more value. This cognac costs around 13000 dollars.
Louis XIII Black Pearl
This limited edition cognac from Louis XIII comes in a stunning Baccarat crystal decanter. The cognac producer only produces 1498 bottles of Black Pearl all from a single source found in the former Chairman’s special reserve.
Its blend of eau de vie dates to the early 1900s. It sells for around 65,000 dollars for a liter bottle.
Hardy Le Printemps Lalique Cognac Grande Champagne
Hardy Le Printemps Lalique is a special Premier Cru cognac from Grande Champagne. Its blend of eau de vies dates back to pre-World War II, accounting for its distinct flavor palate of coffee and chocolate.
The Lalique-designed bottle has a crystal fountain, creating an arch over the top of the bottle. This cognac prices at just over 15,000 dollars.
The most expensive brandy in the world all hails from the birthplace of fine wines, France.
Encompassing some of the most famous cognac companies along with rare brandy producers in Armagnac and Normandy, the rarest and finest brandies are anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars in value.
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