According to an article “Most Expensive Champagnes 2006” at Forbes.com by Nick Passmore, “when Americans do go for the fizz, it is more likely to be a high-end champagne — a vintage or prestige cuvee — rather than what is consumed in Europe where there are numerous house brands and discount labels on the supermarket shelves.
He ranks Krug Clos du Mesnil at more than $750 and the Bollinger Blanc de Noir at $575 as two of the best. And these prices, they should be.
Next in his ranking are Dom Pérignon’s Rosé Champagne that’s so popular with young, affluent nightclubbers and tipping the cash register at $400. It costs more than twice what regular Dom Pérignon’s $170 price tag.
Another popular and rare champagne is Salon Le Mesnil 1996, with a price tag of $300, followed by the most expensive vintage champagne that’s not Krug, Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage 1988 for $85.
Finally, if you prefer American sparklers and prices, try the Schramsberg, J. Schram Rosé 1998 at $120.
However, if price is no object and you simply must sip the best in the world, check this out: the most expensive single bottle of champagne ever sold at auction during 2006 was Heidsieck Monopole 1907 for the tidy sum of $4,200.