Top wines are very expensive these days. It must make it tricky for anyone dealing with the production side: a small mistake could prove costly. You can’t afford to discard too many barrels of Grand Cru Burgundy, and you probably don’t want to be too picky in sorting the fruit.
I did a few back of the envelope calculations about the sums involved, to get an idea of the cost of each grape berry that goes into an expensive wine. I chose the most expensive current(ish)DRC wine available by the bottle on Berry Bros & Rudd’s website: it’s the 2010 La Tache, at £3328 per bottle.
So, working on the following assumptions:
- 1.6 g per berry
- 750 litres of wine per tonne of grapes (1000 kg)
- therefore 1 kg grapes produce one bottle
- therefore 625 grapes per bottle
This means that each grape that goes into this bottle is worth £5.32
Of course, it is worth less to the winery than this (retailer’s margin and taxes take up a good slice of the purchase price), but it’s still a lot of money that’s being dealt with in the vineyard and winery.