The world`s most expensive wine sells at a whopping $15 195

Bordeaux – France’s famous Burgundy region has a double reason to celebrate, with a rare vintage from the area emerging as the world’s most expensive wine just after the region was named a UN world heritage site.

Richebourg Grand Cru sells at a whopping $15 195 (€14 254 / R182 400) a bottle, according to the Wine-Searcher website list of the 50 dearest vintages.

The website’s table of the priciest wines includes 40 Burgundies, with just five non-French wines making the cut – one Californian and four from Germany.

The news comes just after Burgundy’s vineyards were crowned in July with the world heritage distinction by the United Nation’s cultural body.

UNESCO recognised the uniqueness of the vineyards of the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune south of the city Dijon which produce some of the finest red wines in the world made from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.

The Richebourg Grand Cru was a Cote de Nuits created by Henri Jayer, a winemaker widely considered a visionary in the business, who died in 2006 aged 84.

Jayer was opposed to using chemicals in the winemaking process and believed in small-scale production, turning out only about 3 500 bottles per year.