A Tour de France in Fine Wine | Auction Highlights

Another auction has opened for bids on iDealwine, and like every other auction sale, this one is brimming with the best of Burgundy and Bordeaux, overflowing with rare bottles, mature vintages, and larger formats. So what sets this one apart? Read on to hear this auction’s highlights, and more details on a special catalogue of Coche Dury.

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Sleeping Beauty Awakes

Did you know that Bordeaux is often referred to in France as a Sleeping Beauty? While we’re not sure where the name comes from, the city’s great awakening is certainly no longer in doubt. The traditional Bordeaux wine scene has been so dynamic in the last two decades, and there is undoubtedly a renewed interest from wine lovers in the region’s fine wine. Bordeaux is lively, reinventing itself, and by ready to consolidate its role as leader of the French fine wine industry, and unsurprisingly, recapturing the hearts of wine lovers who had drifted to pastures new.

This auction’s highlights include many Bordeaux names, starting with Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, one of the producers that best embodies the Bordeaux renaissance. The 2014 and 2016 vintages of this property, with its surgically-cut parcels and particularly accurate ageing, and are the epitome of elegance. Another famed Pessac-Léognan property in this sale is Domaine de Chevalier  which is owned by the Bernard family and produces wine equally famed for its aromatic complexity, freshness and long finish that make it one of the finest of the appellation. Magnums and bottles are available in the 2005, 2012, 2014 and 2016 vintages.

Moving south of the Graves to the village of Barsac, which is home to Chateau de Fargues, where Alexandre de Lur Saluces now works (he was co-owner and winemaker of Chateau d’Yquem for 30 vintages). Producing remarkably refined wine, with deep aromatic concentration and persistence on the palate; Some fans claim it is the only Sauternes capable of standing up to the appellation’s illustrious and only Premier Grand Cru Classé Supérieur. The great vintages of 2001 and 2009 are featured in this sale. On the right bank of Bordeaux, where Merlots and Cabernet Francs produce some of the finest wine in the world. If Cheval-Blanc, Angelus, Pavie, La Violette, Petrus or Le Pin are present in number and in old and more recent vintages, we also advise you to take an interest in the châteaux Clos l’Eglise and l’Enclos in Pomerol as well as La Dominique and Grand Corbin d’Espagne in Saint-Emilion, bottles that are sure to stand up to their reputations!

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Enter the impenetrable Côte d’Or

Burgundy is a region that fascinates so many in so many ways, its wines as refined and delicate as they are deep and complex and are sought-after all over the world. The Côte d’Or – the epicentre of Burgundy’s great wine production – is a narrow strip of 65 kilometres of extraordinary terroir, stretching from Dijon to Maranges with only 9500 hectares of vineyards, home of many of the world’s greatest wines. Many of the most prestigious and rare wines from this corner of the world are offered in this sale.

Just outside Dijon lies the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, with its nine grands crus. The Charmes-Chambertin of the Dugat-Py estate in the 2002 vintage is now in its optimal tasting window, the wine lover who buys this bottle will be assured of a balance between the power and the smoothness of this very fine terroir. A little further south in Morey-Saint-Denis, the two famous Clos Classified Grand Cru are also on offer. The Clos de Tart is available in the 1972, 1981 and 2005 vintages. As for the Clos des Lambrays (which is no longer a monopole due to the sale of an ouvrée (428 m2) at the bottom of the hillside now held by the domaine Taupenot-Merme), a bidding war is expected for the 2005 and 2009 vintages. Continuing our Burgundian journey to the Grand Crus in Chambolle-Musigny, there is a Premier Cru Les Amoureuses up for grabs in the 2006 vintage from Georges Roumier, and in 2008 and 2011 from the other not-to-be-missed name in this prestigious village, that of Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier. Highly sought-after Méo-Camuzet is featured in this sale, namely the Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes or Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Aux Murgers.

On the Côte de Beaune, in Corton-Charlemagne, bid on the 2011 vintage of Domaine Pierre Marey et Fils. Four bottles of red 2015 Pernand-Vergelesses from the more under-the-radar-but-shouldn’t-be Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine will go under the hammer. There is a  formidable 2007 Chassagne-Montrachet from Vincent Dancer and another that will excite the biggest fans of white Burgundy,  a 2012 Montrachet from Comtes Lafon.

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The producer names of everybody’s lips

Maxime Magnon’s is making a lot of noise in the Corbières with his natural wines boasting an undeniably pure fruitiness. Try the 2014 vintages, and the Rose cuvée, which is perhaps unexpectedly… a red wine produced from Cinsault. The Chénas Les Blémonts from Domaine Thillardon is vibrant with precision and depth, a winery that gets better and better in every vintage. Another hidden gem in Cornas is Matthieu Barret at Domaine du Coulet and his2015 Billes Noires. Still in the northern Rhône, but this time in Côte-Rôtie, an auction highlight includes the Sereine Noire from Domaine Gangloff, a property well known to connoisseurs and which has established itself as one of the go-to names in the appellation. A little known appellation, the Côtes du Vivarais, is home to a little-known property prodcing very fine wine, Domaine Galetty. La Syrare is a pure, concentrated and complex Syrah which develops very beautiful smoky aromas after a few years. A fine wine that is sure to be reckoned with in the coming years.

Special Catalogue, a fine wine lover’s dream

Within this auction hides a real treasure trove, a selection of the finest wine that would make even the greatest collectors swoon. One of the most-loved properties of the Côte de Beaune, of Burgundy, and of the world, is featured in no less than 58 lots and nearly 100 bottles. Jewel of Meursault and its 11.5 hectares of vines, we are of course talking about Domaine Coche-Dury. With vintages ranging from 2000 to 2017, and appellations from Auxey-Duresse to Meursault, Genevrières to Corton-Charlemagne, and Volnay to Puligny-Montrachet. Rarely, if ever, have we had the opportunity to offer so many bottles from this much-loved and much-coveted producer, so don’t miss out!

To wrap up the highlights of the special catalogue in this auction, let’s finish on a few standouts – 1947 Musigny from  Domaine Faiveley, rare bottles from Mouton-Rothschild, Gruaud Larose, Rieussec 1970, or Pavie Macquin to name but a few.

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