It’s time for the iDealwine major end-of-year auctions. As ever, there is a huge choice, featuring hundreds of distinguished wines from the finest domaines in each region, breathtaking verticals and, above all, many wines which are ready to open.
Burgundy is a region with a reputation for fine wines and this sale will not disappoint bidders who have decided to splash out, as the catalogue naturally includes wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (Romanée-Conti 2009, 1967). Aficionados of the domaine will also be able to treat themselves to superb vintage verticals: La-Tâche (1947, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1970, 2004), Richebourg (1975, 1976, 2002) and Romanée Saint-Vivant (1992, 2004, 2005). Moving on to the very finest wines, there is also an opportunity to treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime bottle – an Henri Jayer Richebourg. The highlight of the Côte de Nuits selection is a fine series of wines from Domaine Roumier: an impressive collection of Bonnes-Mares (1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 2009) and many Chambolle-Musigny wines.
Bordeaux is also brimming with iconic names. Grands crus classés from the left bank are out in force. Leading the field are Château d’Yquem, with a full range of amber nuances from 1942 to 2002, a series of bottles of Château Margaux spanning the period 1978 to 2005 – two of which are offered without a reserve, so go ahead and bid! – alongside a huge selection of second wines (17 lots available). Château Lafite is staging a major comeback: no fewer than 12 vintages are up for auction, including some fine years, notably the 1982. Petrus is obviously the name that stands out from the crowd on the right bank, with four vintages, including 1990. However, there is a wealth of grands crus just waiting for you and your family, ready to provide a talking point at your festive table: just consider Lascombes 1990, La Gaffelière 1995, La Lagune 2001, Léoville Barton 2001, Pontet Canet 1996, Branaire Ducru 1990, Brane Cantenac 2000 and even Giscours 1982. The bidding on these wines starts at €50, and sometimes less. If this is still a little pricey, then we have sourced plenty of eminently affordable wines which are ready to open, such as Kirwan 1989, Haut Marbuzet 2001, Smith Haut Lafitte 1989, Lascombes 1995, Sociando Mallet 2001, Domaine de Chevalier 1996, and Bourgneuf 2000. What could be more tempting?
The Rhône also delivers its share of stars, notably renowned Côte-Rôtie wines from Guigal and Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Vincent Maurel. A dazzling array of Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage wines from 1992 to 2002 is also available, with approximately 140 bottles up for grabs at auction! Of course, all your regular favourite domaines are represented, notably La Janasse, Rayas, Jamet, and Delas, to name but a few. Here too, there are some wonderful opportunities at the auction such as Crozes-Hermitage (Combier, Delas) and even Côtes du Rhône, where the top domaines, including Rayas, all have wines for sale – certainly something to look forward to!
At auction, Champagne is the stuff dreams are made of as classic brut vintages have achieved quasi-iconic status. They include, for example, wines by Jacques Selosse, Ambonnay Le Bout du Clos Blanc de Blancs, jeroboams of Cristal (Roederer), Dom Pérignon 1976 and Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998. All of these rare wines could fulfil their rich potential by gracing our customers’ tables. There is a huge selection, so fans of Bollinger, Henriot, Charles Heidseck, Pol Roger, Roederer and Jacquesson will be spoilt for choice.
There are top-flight names from the Loire too, with Saumur wines from Clos Rougeard, Vouvrays from Clos Naudin and Domaine Huet, and Pouilly-Fumés from Domaine Dagueneau. In the Languedoc region, La Grange des Pères wines from 2004 to 2012 are available. In the Roussillon, Domaine Gauby is well represented by its La Muntada vintage. In Alsace, names such as Zind-Humbrecht, Deiss and Weinbach are music to the ears of wine enthusiasts. Domaine Tempier flies the flag for Bandol at this sale.
There will also be almost 250 lots of foreign wines for sale from Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, adding a whole new dimension to selecting wines to complement your festive turkey dinner!