The most expensive Champagne bottles on the planet

Nothing says celebration quite like popping bottles of Champagne.

Sparkling wine originated in 17th-century France as an experiment for kings and queens. The process was later perfected and popularized by Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon.

Today, sparkling wine is made from grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Pinot Meunier all over the world.

But some bottles of bubbly are so exclusive they’re available only in high-end clubs or by special order. Many of them have retail values of up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Alcohol comparison site Under The Label provided us with a list of the top 10 most expensive bottles of Champagne in the world.

10. Salon Blanc De Blancs Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger (1.5 L Magnum) 2002 — $899

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Blanc De Blancs Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger 2002 is the essence of Salon. It’s the only Champagne produced by the label and comes from a precise blend of Chardonnay grapes from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs region of Champagne, France.

This sparkling wine is powerful and lively, yet delicate with “flavors of honeyed orange flower, candied citrus fruits, and madeleine buns fresh from the oven.” To taste, the Champagne is both rich and restrained.

9. Champagne Krug Vintage Brut (1.5 Liter) 1988 — $949.99

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Since 1843, six generations of the Krug family have cultivated a uniquely exceptional Champagne through “painstaking care and unrivaled craftsmanship.” They’re the only Champagne house that still ferments their wine in small oak casks.

The Krug 1988, which spent more than a decade aging, “explodes on the palate with tremendous depth and complexity” and maintains a surprising freshness with “spiced notes of dried figs and ripe quince.”