Auction top picks | A Meursault icon, Coche-Dury in its prime

This auction takes us to Meursault, where we’re putting the spotlight on Domaine Coche-Dury, an estate that’s been raising the bar for the appellation for decades already. You can also bid on gems from other such renowned regions. Here’s a selection of some favourites.

Domaine Coche-Dury: a Meursault icon

For a long time, this now prestigious wine was sold through Burgundy négoces; it was only from 1964 that Georges Coche-Dury’s wines took off, when the vigneron began selling in bottles. His son, Jean-François, improved the quality of the estate’s cuvées, gradually gaining international recognition thanks to his Corton-Charlemagne and Meursault premier cru Perrières. Today, it’s Raphaël Coche-Dury who holds this precious domain in his hands, managing 10.3 hectares of vines, 2.5 of which are planted with Pinot Noir on the Volnay premier cru and Auxey-Duresses climats. For the white wines, most of the grapes are Chardonnay, with 6% Aligoté that nonetheless stands its ground.

Despite the established renown of Coche-Dury, Raphaël isn’t resting on his laurels, working on the estate’s approach to viticulture with systematic ploughing and controlled, lower yields. In the winery, the white cuvées have progressed in terms of texture and tannin due to maturation on lees without reduction (formerly a typical practice for Coche-Dury).

Generally, the famous whites from this estate are dense and pure, complex with immense ageing potential. Whilst they’re delicious in their youth, it’s recommended to keep them in the cellar for up to fifteen years; the Chardonnay will reveal itself with incomparable power.

A unique special catalogue

One of the catalogues in this auction is composed of wines from a single cellar collection. This time, there are 139 lots, largely classics from Bordeaux and Burgundy.

To give Bordeaux a moment in the limelight, here are some of the notable bottles we’ve spotted:

Other top picks

To give you an idea of the other names that feature in this auction, we’ve got a 2005 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet by Auvenay, produced in just 182 bottles and given a top score of 20/20 by La Revue du vin de France. This is a majestic and unctuous cru that carries notes of lemon, almond, honey, and spice. A highly rare 2009 Echézeaux from Domaine Bizot is also waiting for bids. If you’re after something a bit original, there’s also a Salmanazar (9-litre bottle!) from Domaine Pégau, a must-have Châteauneuf-du-Pape name.

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