iDealwine is offering a private collection from the cellar of two friends who have long been wine enthusiasts and have decided to let go of a ‘small’ part of their personal cellars. These are the 2,000 bottles available at iDealwine until 5th February.
An idea conceived by two enthusiasts to come together for one auction, this event is simply exceptional. Firstly, because the wines have been stored perfectly: these cellars are underground in conditions of controlled temperature and humidity. Considering how many of these bottles were acquired directly from the producers, they are largely in perfect condition with pristine traceability.
We spoke to them over the telephone, and luckily for us they weren’t stingy with their time! They refreshed our memory of some of the best collectors’ wines…1962 is, for example, largely underestimated due to its iconic predecessor, 1961. And if the difference between the two vintages is undeniable in Bordeaux, this is much less the case in Burgundy, particularly in the Côte de Nuits. This is why they sought these bottles out as carefully as possible until one of them managed to get their hands on the Saint-Vivant cuvée from Leroy.
In order to build up a cellar, you have to make some choices, and it can be difficult to accord equal importance to all the regions…But in this auction you’ll be benefitting from the expert selection of not one but two passionate collectors!
2005 in Burgundy, a vintage to dream of
After a consistently sunny summer with fresh nights and no rain, the Burgundian winemakers agreed – the 2005 vintage would be one for the history books. And they weren’t wrong. Whilst these wines have the tendency to be quite closed when they’re young, they are beginning to open up wonderfully.
Domains like Comte George de Vogué, Clos de Tart, Claude Dugat, la Pousse d’Or, Joseph Drouhin, Lignier-Michelot, Anne Gros, Gilles Jayer and Jean Trapet Père et Fils are available in this vintage. And as the best bottles never come on their own, you’ll find no less than 9 bottles of 2005 Clos des Lambrays in the auction.
Honouring the Jura and the Rhône
If our two collectors share a favourite region, it has to be the Jura, with notably 21 bottles from the especially rare Domaine Pierry Overnoy. With a surface area of just 4 hectares, its production is infamous, and demand continues to grow, so don’t miss out while you have the chance! Wines from other fine, Jura producers are available, such as Stéphane Tissot and Jean-François Ganevat.
And here are some of the highlights on offer from other regions that are bound to bring wonderful tasting experiences:
From Alsace, the expressive 2005 Clos Saint-Hune by Trimbach
From Bordeaux, a 1994 Château Mouton Rothschild…in jeroboam format!
From Beaujolais, the delicious 2010 Fleurie by Jean Foillard.
From Languedoc-Roussillon, a 2004 Grange des Pères.
From Provence, the 2009 Migoua cuvée by Domaine Tempier.
From the Rhône, a 1998 Hermitage by Jean Louis Chave.
From the Jura, a 1999 vin jaune by Pierre Overnoy.
And from further afield, more specifically Japan, a 21-year-old Hibiki whisky.
Here is the catalogue for this auction:
05/02/2020 – 10H00 : CP1 – Autres régions 1949-2014
05/02/2020 – 10H30 : CP1 – Rhône 1969-2001
05/02/2020 – 11H00 : CP1 – Rhône 2002-2017
05/02/2020 – 11H30 : CP1 – Bordeaux 1969-2005 – White
05/02/2020 – 12H00 : CP1 – Bordeaux 1929-1981 – Red
05/02/2020 – 12H30 : CP1 – Bordeaux 1982-1999 – Red
05/02/2020 – 13H00 : CP1 – Burgundy 1985-2016 – White
05/02/2020 – 13H30 : CP1 – Burgundy 1934-2004 – Red
05/02/2020 – 14H00 : CP1 – Burgundy 2005-2017 – Red
05/02/2020 – 14H30 : CP2 – Burgundy 1972-2016
05/02/2020 – 15H00 : CP2 – Autres régions 1934-2017