Auction | The best of French classics

Grands crus classés, landmark vintages, regional icons and stars from far-flung places…This much is clear: the new year is getting off to a magnificent start at iDealwine. The best references from each region are available in both mature and more recent vintages.


As a new year begins, this auction offers you the chance to go back in time to some superb vintages: in Bordeaux, what would you say to a 1949 Château Latour, a 1954 Mouton Rothschild, a 1990 Léoville Las Cases, a 2005 Angélus, or indeed the golden Sauterne emblem that is Château d’Yquem, available in its 1921 and 1937 vintages. The right bank provides a selection that is equally exceptional, with Petrus (1990, 2009) and 2000 Château Le Pin leading the way. The stars of the catalogue are two cases of Duclot – assortments of 9 bottles of Bordeaux grands crus classes – available in their 2009 and 2010 vintages.


It’s hard to dream up anything better than this auction’s Burgundian selection, bringing together such regional icons as the 2012 Romanée Conti grand cru from the eponymous domain, 1987 Musigny grand cru by Georges Roumier, Domaine Leroy’s 2009 Richebourg grand cru and Domaine Coche-Dury’s 2005 Corton-Charlemagne grand cru, to cite just a few. We have no doubt that they’ll bring a smile to your face. Several mature vintages – from the 1990s and 2000s – by Arnaud Ente, René Engel, Jacky Truchot, Comtes Lafon, Bizot, Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier are available, ready to be enjoyed without a moment to lose.

Rhône Valley

In the Rhône Valley, it’s undoubtedly Guigal’s LA-LA-LA trio, Rayas wines, Henri Bonneau’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Raymond Trollat’s Saint-Josephs that will cause a stir among enthusiasts. Don’t forget perhaps the region’s most mythical wine: the Cathelin cuvée by Jean-Louis Chave, here available in its 2000 vintage. A little reminder, this Hermitage is only produced in exceptional years and is no longer being made for selling: in other words, getting your hands on this treasure is no small task.

The stars are shining in every region of France. In the Loire, Clos Rougeard’s mythical Saumur-Champigny wines, as well as Dagueneau‘s cuvées (Astéroide, Silex, Pur Sang), are available in several vintages. The Saint-Lambert-de-Lattay selection of 1997 Grains Nobles from Domaine Robineau should also be highlighted, a sweet wine with incredible complexity.

A new year celebration without Champagne? Impossible! You can restock your cellar from now, since the rarest of vintage Champagnes are waiting for you…Whether it’s a double-magnum of 1985 Bollinger Grande Année, the RD cuvée from the same Maison, a 1988 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne or a Krug grande cuvée, you are sure to find just what you’re looking for.

For those of you who are spending the festive period in the mountains, why not consider some of the stars from these lofty regions: several mature vintages of the ultra-rare Chartreuse Tarragone La Fabiola Période, the yellow wines by Jean Macle, Pierre Overnoy’s Arbois-Pupillin, Côtes-du-Jura from Ganevat and Labet, and in Alsace, the Trimbach, Weinbach, Marcel Deiss and Zind-Humbrecht domains have some treasures reserved for you.

Whilst this auction represents a celebration of classic French wines, bottles from further afield are not lacking: you’ll find wine from Vega Sicilia in Spain, The Saddle Family in South Africa, Château Musar Serge Hochar in Lebanon, Biondi Santi in Italy, and Concha y Toro in Chile.

The wines mentioned here are only a fraction of the treasures on offer at the auction…We wish you the best for your purchases and for the new year!

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