Auction top picks | Spotlight on Hermitage and Chambertin

Hermitage and Chave’s Cathelin cuvée

The terraces of the Rhône’s Hermitage hill are steep in appearance and steeped in history. The vineyards, covering Tain l’Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage, are perfectly exposed to the south-east, a location appreciated by ancestors as ancient as the Romans. At this time, the area’s wines were known as ‘vins de Vienne’, and it was only later that the name ‘Hermitage’ came around, when a certain Gaspard de Sterimberg settled there as a hermit.

Hermitage is a prestigious name in its own right, but the appellation is home to certain producers and cuvées that even stand out from their superb neighbours. Domaine Jean-Louis Chave’s Cathelin cuvée features every year among the top Rhône bids. This wine is an homage to the friendship between Jean-Louis’ father and the painter Bernard Cathelin who designed the label. Produced in tiny quantities of around 200 cases a year, Chave’s Cathelin is sought after on a global scale. This estate is known for its crafting of sublimely balances wines with sumptuous depth and excellent ageing potential. In our current sale, you’ll find two lots of the Cathelin cuvée in its beautiful 1995 vintage.

Other wines going under the hammer from this appellation include the Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage La Chapelle from Paul Jaboulet Ainé, Yann Chave’s Hermitage, and Chapoutier’s L’Ermite.

Chambertin, beautiful Burgundy

Perhaps the most renowned name in Burgundy’s Chambertin appellation is Armand Rousseau. After inheriting several parcels in Gevrey-Chambertin, this famous vintner acquired vines on grands crus such as Mazy, Charmes, and Chambertin. The wine included in this auction comes from a 2.5 hectare parcel, and has a vigorous character in its youth, with a distinctive liquorice aroma. This is a structured, dense, and powerful fine wine with firm tannins. It can be aged for a long while, and is here available in its 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, and 1989 vintages.

You should also note the appearance of Chambertin Clos de Bèze by the same producer, cuvées from Bruno Clair, Domaine Bart, and Faiveley.

Petrus, Bordeaux’s most legendary name

Petrus is the best-selling Bordeaux property at iDealwine’s auctions. The estate manages to strike a masterful balance between relatively big production levels (from its 11.5 hectares of vines) and a refined image of rarity. It’s the delicate and precise character of Petrus wines that makes them so desirable, and here we have bottles from 1995, 1998, 2005, and 2015. Other top Bordeaux names featured include Haut-Brion, Ausone, and Angélus.

La Grange des Pères, a southern star

La Grange des Pères rises head and shoulders above the in the Languedoc when it comes to auction results. Iconic vintner Laurent Vaillé, who we sadly lost this year, was committed to cultivating his modest domain biodynamically after first taking up the task in 1992. Both reds and whites come from Grange des Pères, all classed as IGP Pays d’Hérault, and this particular auction features vintages from 1996 to 2018, including a magnum of the white cuvée from 2016.

Others from the Languedoc that you shouldn’t miss are the wines of Clos Marie and those of Château de la Négly.

You can access the full auction online and browse the catalogues below

22/09/2021 – 10H00 : Autres Vins Etrangers 1900-2019
22/09/2021 – 10H30 : Vins Espagnols 1900-1969 – Red
22/09/2021 – 11H00 : Vins Espagnols 1970-2017
22/09/2021 – 11H30 : Languedoc Roussillon 1985-2020
22/09/2021 – 12H00 : Alsace Jura 1981-2020
22/09/2021 – 12H30 : Loire 1971-2020
22/09/2021 – 13H00 : Burgundy 1985-2015 – White
22/09/2021 – 13H30 : Burgundy 2016-2019 – White
22/09/2021 – 14H30 : Burgundy 1970-2004 – Red
22/09/2021 – 15H30 : Burgundy 2005-2015 – Red
22/09/2021 – 16H30 : Burgundy 2016-2019 – Red
23/09/2021 – 10H00 : France Autres Vins 1900-2019
23/09/2021 – 10H30 : Champagne 1959-2018
23/09/2021 – 11H00 : Rhône 1969-2009
23/09/2021 – 11H30 : Rhône 2010-2020
23/09/2021 – 12H00 : Bordeaux 1941-2015 – White
23/09/2021 – 12H30 : Bordeaux 1920-1988 – Red
23/09/2021 – 13H30 : Bordeaux 1989-1995 – Red
23/09/2021 – 14H30 : Bordeaux 1996-2000 – Red
23/09/2021 – 15H30 : Bordeaux 2001-2008 – Red
23/09/2021 – 16H30 : Burgundy 2009-2018 – Red

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