The top five most valuable bottles of wine the public may have at home have been revealed thanks to research by LoveAntiques.com.
According to the antiques website, bottles such as the 1962 Romanée Conti, Domaine Romanée Conti; the 1961 Hermitage La Chappelle, Jaboulet; and the 1945 Mouton Rothschild are at the top of the list—each costing around £15,000.
Will Thomas, managing director at LoveAntiques.com, said: ‘Wine is a hugely popular area for people to invest and it’s been proven to be a great investment for centuries.
‘It’s interesting to see just how much certain bottles of wine can be worth and how much money people might have, unbeknown to them, just sat in their kitchens or cellars.’
In collaboration with expert Matthew Tipping, commercial director at wine merchant Jeroboams, the specialist website has also compiled a set of guidelines for prospective wine collectors.
In addition to providing important information on the right condition wine must be in to command the highest prices, these guidelines also discuss the important of authenticity, provenance and storage in the wine investment arena.
Tipping said: ‘In the wine world this subject is as long as a piece of string, theoretically any great wine produced in the last 150 years could be a steal.
‘I have selected 15 wines that would be incredible to find in a relative’s cellar and if you have one in good condition, you really could be looking at a healthy sum as a result.’
Other valuable bottles of wine in Tipping and LoveAntiques.com’s list are: 1999 Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux, Henri Jayer; 1947 Château Cheval Blanc; 1990 La Tache, Domaine Romanée Conti; and 1961 Château Latour.
Each of these valuable bottles of wine is estimated to be worth around £12,000, £7,500, £5,500 and £5,000 respectively.
See also: Guide to Investing in Wine