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Auction Report: highlight on Bordeaux & Côte de Nuits

Latest auction closed on 16th March has seen bidders from all around the world trying to win auctions on mature Bordeaux as well as old vintages from the finest domains of Côte de Nuits. Asian bidders have been particularly active in this auction, especially on top Bordeaux wines like Lafite, Margaux (and second wine Pavillon Rouge), Haut Brion, and on the right side, Petrus, Cheval Blanc and Angelus. While prices have been relatively stable on recent vintages, mature wines are still on the rise (+6% for Petrus 1983 at €1,200€, +8% for Lafite 1985 at…

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Stars of the 2015 auctions on iDealwine

Here is the rundown of the top bottles auctioned on iDealwine over the course of last year.  This overview provides a snapshot of the year, illustrating on the one hand particular circumstances and on the other some underlying, structural trends. DRC from Burgundy and, to a lesser extent, Bordeaux, dominate the roll call of the 50 bottles that fetched the highest prices at auction in 2015. Although Bordeaux accounted for over 50% of the total value of our sales in 2015, the region does not dominate the list of the 50 priciest bottles, with…

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Food and wine pairings: how to choose a dish to serve with a very fine wine

Food and wine pairings can work in two ways. Either you have a recipe idea and are wondering what wine would complement it, or you are looking for a dish to go with a specific bottle. The question becomes all the more pressing when you are dealing with THAT very special bottle from your cellar. The pressure is on. You have invited two wine aficionados couples and have decided to serve a very special wine from your cellar. For the red wine, you are hesitating between a Latour 1990, an Ausone 1995, a…

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Hong Kong, Shanghai: iDealwine continue its development in Asia

A few days ago, iDealwine team took part in the Shanghai Grand Tasting organised by famous duo of French wine journalists Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve. Let’s take a step back and review the presence of iDealwine in Asia and its international development. As you know iDealwine was started to enable wine lovers from all around the world to access fine wines at auction or fixed-price. Already very well represented in the European market, we started reinforcing our presence in Asia since 2010, joining essentially wine fairs as the Hong Kong International Wine…

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Innovation: iDealwine new home page is live!

iDealwine reveals its new home page. The objective is to make your navigation as smooth as an old claret… See below a snapshot of the changes. End of 2015, iDealwine received the Innovation Award at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris. We were obviously very honoured but what a pressure!!! From this week, you can now discover our new home page, more modern and user friendly than before. Special wine recommendations You’ll still find most of the previous tools you were using but add to this a more tailor made selection of wines grouped under…

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Auction Report: highlight on Ermitage Cathelin from Jean-Louis Chave

Over 500 buyers took part in this auction closed on 24th February on iDealwine. Overall, they have followed current market trends with a few surprises still as the Cuvée d’ermitage Cathelin from Jean-Louis Chave whose price soared. Same happened to a few other rare vintages in this sale.   In Bordeaux, the « firsts» don’t seem to be suffering from current Bordeaux bashing and the demand remains high. Petrus is still in great demand including in « lesser » vintages, as for example this 1974 increasing by 21% to €1,040 or the 2006 to €1,800 (11%). The…

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