The latest auction on iDealwine, which ended on 13th September, was full of rare wines. Focus on some of these exceptional lots.
Two auctions per month on iDealwine: the pace is sustained, as nearly 100,000 bottles are sold via our platform at auction. And yet, each sale has its treasures, sourced from Europe finest cellars. The last auction illustrated well this fact.
Yquem, huge and exceptional
Right in the foreground, this catalog offered an exceptional series of large bottles from the Château d’Yquem. Unsurprisingly, it was the vintage 1990 (Parker points?) – a classic year for sweet wines – that won the game, auctioned €3,283 to an Austrian amateur, boasting an 18% increase compared to its iDealwine price estimate (look up a price estimate). The superb 1989 nevertheless followed it closely, as it sold for €3,162 (+22%). We also noticed the good performance of the 2007, a remarkable success for Sauternes wines. In this vintage the Yquem Imperial (6 liters) reached €3,040 (+21%). The success of these gargantuan bottles underlines how interesting it is to acquire Sauternes wines in large formats. Although it may be slightly complicated to find the right opportunity to open such bottles, they have more important and surer perspectives to increase in value. To stay in Bordeaux, the flagship vintage of the XXth century, 1982, was very successful. Representatives of this mythical year are becoming rarer, hence their success at sale. A lot of three Château Latour was thus auctioned €4,013, equivalent to €1,338 per bottle (+9%). As a reminder, the En-Primeur price, at the time, was only €40! Other illustrious 1982 wines also attracted many bidders, like Pichon Lalande (100 points Parker) which sold for €543 (+14%) to a Swiss amateur, or Ducru-Beaucaillou, that auctioned at €284 (+13%).
Grand Cru La Tâche, much sought-after
Among wines you dream of, you can also find in this catalog several vintages of the Grand Cru La Tâche, a monopoly of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti since the 1930s. The 2005 bottle went for €3,162 to a Hong Kong connoisseur. Other magnificent vintages were also for sale: the 2010 sold for €2,797 to a French wine collector, the 2012 for €2,310 to a Danish amateur and the 1989 for €2,189 (+44%). This Grand Cru is known as always exceptional, even in lesser vintages. Thus in 1950 and 1951, it is the only wine from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti to be bottled. Moreover, other lesser vintages also obtained good results: the 2013 sold for €2,189 (+14%), and the 2011 for €2,128 (+11%). The price increases recorded in vintages that are still quite recent reflect the interest for this bottles. Blue-chip wines to acquire as soon as possible.
Clos Rougeard, success is still there
Decidedly, the amateurs do not give any respite to the wines from the famous domain from Saumur-Champigny, recently bought by real-estate magnate Martin Bouygues, also owner of Château Montrose. The wines produced in the time of Charly Foucault (who died in 2015), now collector’s items, are particularly sought-after. At the top, the 2002 Le Bourg cuvée was auctioned €389 (+16%). Barely cheaper, the 2003 reached €328 (+17%), while the 2004 was sold for €316. Les Poyeux is no exception: the 2002 went under the hammer for €256. The wonderful white wine from Saumur, the cuvée Brézé, continues to rise, even in recent vintages. Bidders fought over the 2012 which finally reached €243 (+43%). The 2000 at the same time sold for €231 (+35%).
Among the rarities of this sale, you could also find a bottle of the famous cuvée Screaming Eagle 2012, auctioned €2,128 to a Luxembourg buyer. This illustrious domain from the Napa Valley is owned by the American Stanley Kroenke (owner of the Arsenal football club). A fine wine connoisseur, since he recently stood out by buying Domaine Bonneau du Martray from Burgundy.
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