4 Private Collections Come Together to Start the New Year In Style

Private collections wine auction on iDealwine

Straddling 2023 and 2024, this new iDealwine auction brings together the private collections of four different passionate collectors. Containing wines from all around the world, these icons and wines from amazing domains that you just have to discover will charm all types of bidders. This article takes you through the bottles going under the hammer on 11 January, starting with those from Burgundy, before having a look at lots from elsewhere that are also worth your attention and… your bids.

Burgundy – are you ready to be blown away?

Two of the collectors had something in common – their private collections were built around the grandeur of Burgundian wines. There’s something for everyone with wines from both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. For those who enjoy grand cru wines, Armand Rousseau’s Chambertin can be found in different vintages from between 1995 and 2018 in around 30 lots. Star of Meursault, Coche-Dury, will likely cause a stampede when bidders on the quest for the rare 2021 or 2020, 2019 and 2018 vintages see that they appear in the auction. Other names that make an appearance are Mugnier, Denis Mortet, Mugneret-Gibourg and Dujac.

Wines from France and beyond

Vintages from 1988 and 2022 are waiting for you, making it the perfect opportunity to buy delicious wines that are already at their peak and those which have impressive ageing potential. Rhône shows what it can produce with wines from Château Rayas and Château Fonsalette as well as Domaine des Tours, Côte-Rôties from Guigal, Hermitage from Jean-Louis Chave and Hermitage La Chapelle from Paul Jaboulet Aîné. From Loire, Clos Rougeard presents its Saumur-Champigny, Saumur-Brézé and its cuvées Poyeux and Le Bourg. You’ll also find wines from Antoine Sanzay, Domaine du Collier, Huet and Charles Joguet. The biodynamic Ostertag and the iconic Zind-Humbrecht and Weinbach make sure we don’t forget about Alsace. Several grand cru classés from Bordeaux can been found throughout the auction such as Haut-Brion, Mouton-Rothschild, Pontet-Canet and Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Grange des Pères leads Languedoc and is followed by Montcalmès, while the ingenious natural winemaker Ganevat represents Jura. And from beyond France, there’s many amazing bottles including those produced by Vega Sicilia and Descendientes de Palacios. With all this choice, it’s difficult to choose just what you’ll bid on!

Let’s hear from two of the iDealwine sellers

Now let’s hear from two of the sellers. The first is parting way with a part of their collection that they started when they were young. Passion led to keeping these bottles over the years but now, they would like to make room in their cellar, which has the ideal conditions for persevering wines, bidders will be pleased to know. In fact, following the advice of a Burgundian winemaker, our seller lowers or increases the temperature by a degree depending on the season: 12°C in winter, 13°C in spring and autumn and 14°C in summer. This allows the wines to age quietly in almost natural conditions. This seller is parting ways with the crème de la crème of the regions that he is particularly fond of: Raveneau from Chablis, Coche-Dury from Meursault, the pioneer Leroy from Côte de Nuits in Burgundy and wines from Emmanuel Reynaud in the Rhône, a winemaker that the seller admires for his authenticity and honesty as well as the delicate nature of the wines he produces (all without the use of new wood). While we were speaking to them about how they choose the wines in their collection, they gave us this brilliant piece of advice, “You should build your collection according to your own tastes.”

We also spoke to another of the sellers. Coming from a family of winemakers and wine sellers, their interest in wine was evident. Used to drinking fine wine from Burgundy and Bordeaux, they wanted to expand their knowledge and discover new regions, such as the Loire, Jura, the Rhône, those in other countries… whatever tempted them. Over time, their tastes changed, and they would like to make space in their cellar, “not without heartache,” they added. “I bought my wines because I wanted to enjoy them and imagined the pairing possibilities they possessed. Each bottle is a memory.”  The cellar in which this seller’s wines were kept is in a room in the basement, refurbished and fitted with air conditioning, alarms, pallets and full cases.

While their palate explores other regions such as Champagne, our seller continues to enjoy drinking the wines that are included in the auction, such as those from Emmanuel Reynaud or La Grange des Pères that are over ten years old. Other examples include Burgundy Chardonnays, French Pinot Noirs, Chenin, and wines from Jura produced by Labet or Macle

Let us conclude this article with one last remark and the question “Why did you choose iDealwine to resell your wines?” Our sellers praised our reliability, our international visibility (we have buyers in over 65 countries) and our passionate customers made up of all kinds of wine lovers, from individuals to professionals, including winemakers.

On that note, happy bidding!

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