In the world of Nigeria’s rich and powerful, there are a number of premium liquor drinks that grace their palate.

So, it all started with a chat with Founder/CEO of online drinks store, Drinks.ng Lanre Akinlagun on the impact of the new excise duty rates on locally produced alcohol.

Bounce News sought to find out what the rich drink. That's how we ended up with this list of the most popular wines among Nigeria’s super rich.

Shockingly, we realised that a bottle of wine could cost more than a 1-bedroom apartment in some parts of Lagos and much more than the federal government's minimum wage.

Below are the top 5:

1. Mouton Rothschild 2011 – [N423,500 Per Bottle]:

Mouton Rothschild is a reputable European wine maker.

It has been described by reviewers as a classic Bordeaux vintage to be ranked among the finer or perhaps even the finest.

Surprisingly, the palates of Nigeria’s rich and powerful find it very pleasurable that they don’t mind parting with 423,500 naira per bottle.

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A carton of Mouton Rothschild consists of six, 75CL bottles and goes for about 2.5 million naira. That could be more than your annual salary.


2. Chateau Cheval Blanc 2013 - [N342,650 Per Bottle]:

You probably have underestimated the popularity of luxury French wines in a supposedly 3rd world country like Nigeria.

The 2013 Cheval Blanc has found a secure place in the palates of Nigerian wine lovers. But its price tag of approximately 350,000 naira per bottle makes it an exclusive preserve of the privileged elite.

Reviewers describe it as one of the most pleasurable you will find in this vintage.

3. Chateau Yquem 2008 – [N211,750]:

Wines from Château d'Yquem are some of Europe’s treasured luxuries. Yet, they remain a favourite of some rich Nigerians.

A great feature for which Château d'Yquem wines are known is their longevity.

It is said to have the ability to last more than 100 years.

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A carton of it consists of six, 75CL bottles and goes for N1,270,500.

4. Assi Puglia – [N85,910]:

Rich and powerful comes in several varieties. Wine makers understand that, and that is where Assi Puglia comes in.

For some social climbers, Assi Puglia provides a fantastic opportunity to stay above the fray and catch their target.

Assi Puglia brands seem very popular in Nigeria especially at clubs. With a price tag of 85,910 naira per bottle, it is well beyond the reach of so-called middle class but well within the means of rising comfortable entrepreneurs.

5. Aromo Carmenere Varietal 2014 – [N57,610]:

The last but not the list on our list is the Aromo Carmenere Varietal 2014.

It is of Chilean origin and reviewers say it is finely textured and has mild persistence on the palate…and Nigerians are enjoying it.

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