Auction top picks | Stars from the Loire and Navarre

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In the spotlight this time around is the Loire, a region with a patchwork of beautiful cuvées waiting for your bids. These include a 2003 Astéroïde by Dagueneau and a 1995 Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux from Clos Rougeard. Lots from Spain are also up for auction, with a Valbuena 5° ano from domain Vega Sicilia in some lovely vintages, as well as a 1964 Rioja Doca Gran Reserva 904 from La Rioja Alta.

Wines from across France

In France, we’re first going to look at the produce of the Loire, a region that has provided many of the star bottles in this auction. Let’s begin with the magnificent 2003 Astéroïde cuvée from Dagueneau, beautifully pictured as the face of this sale. This Pouilly-Fumé is an absolute rarity, made in quantities of just 600 bottles per year, intensely aromatic and mineral in character, and crafted using vines that date from before the phylloxera crisis. If it’s a Saumur wine that you wish to try, you’ll find some gems of the red variety like this mature 1995 Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux from Clos Rougeard. If you prefer whites, we recommend the 1997 Saumur Blanc from Château Yonne. From Sancerre, the Clos La Néore cuvée from Domaine Edmond Vatan in its 2013 and 2016 vintages is a pure and crystalline wine with a light texture.

There are also bottles from elsewhere in France that are quite exceptional. Maison A.E. DOR is a go-to name in the region, and their Age d’Or Réserve n°1 Très Vieille Grande Champagne is a superb premier cru. This certainly isn’t a nectar that you’ll find every day. From Burgundy, some of the finest references include several lots of La Tâche from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, and an incredible 1969 Bonnes-Mares from Domaine Leroy. From Bordeaux, Château Mouton-Rothschild can’t go without a mention…the only question is, will you go for the 1990, 2000, or 2008 bottle? Another notable lot is a 12-bottle case of 2015 Château Figeac, a vintage that got the region a score of 18/20.

Spain

At iDealwine, it’s rare that we can offer a selection dedicated to Spanish wines, but this time around we have bottles from magnificent viticultural regions like Castilla y León, Catalonia, Galicia, Murcia, and Rioja.

The wines you mustn’t miss? Firstly there are two 3-bottle lots of Valbuena 5° Ano from the legendary Vega Sicilia in its 2002 and 2003 vintages; this cuvée is the little brother of the globally renowned Unico, which is matured for a little longer. Trust us, though, they are both equally grandiose! The Unico cuvée is also available, this time a bottle from 2009, a lovely, unique wine produced by a domain that uses unusual maturation and vinification methods. Also to look out for are 6 bottles of 2005 Priorat from Clos Mogador, the landmark wine from a domain founded by René Barbier, a vigneron who learnt the trade at Petrus. Dominio de Pingus’ second wine, Flor de Pingus, is also a great success, made from 30-50-year-old Tempranillo vines and here available in its 2001 and 2015 vintages. Perhaps you associate Spain with red wine more than anything, but have you tried Albarino yet? This white, Spanish varietal is grown in the north-west of the country and is gaining in popularity. We’ll head to Galicia, specifically to the Rias Baixas appellation, where the Balado cuvée from domain Zarate is wonderfully refreshing and aromatic.

And beyond?

Longer ago than living memory can serve, the fruit used for this bottle of Marsala Superior was harvested in 1840 and produced by domain Florio & Co. An incredible tasting experience awaits the top bidder of this veritable meditation wine. Climbing to the heights of Piedmont, we find a concentrated and distinguished wine by the name of Barbaresco, here in the form of the Gaja cuvée from the eponymous domain. The 1997 double magnum available here is a real splendour. There are also a good few Tokay cuvées in the selection, all made masterfully in their traditional Hungary; we recommend the 1988 Aszu Eszencia by Disznoko and the 1975 Aszu 5 Puttonyos from Oremus.

Finally, if you’re in the spirit for something stronger, Scotland has just what you need with a 1997 Rollercoaster cuvée by Ardberg. We also have a way for you to step further back in time, with two Martinique rums from 1970; one from Trois Rivières and the other from Maison Bally…the choice is yours.

See the full selection online here

Full catalogues:

17/02/2021 – 10H00 : Autres vins Etranger 1966-2019
17/02/2021 – 10H30 : Vins Espagnols 1964-2018
17/02/2021 – 11H00 : Misc. French Wines 1983-2019
17/02/2021 – 11H30 : Alsace Jura 1982-2019
17/02/2021 – 12H00 : Loire 1976-2019
17/02/2021 – 12H30 : Burgundy 1970-2012 – White
17/02/2021 – 13H30 : Burgundy 2013-2019 – White
17/02/2021 – 14H30 : Burgundy 1964-2005 – Red
17/02/2021 – 15H30 : Burgundy 2006-2014 – Red
17/02/2021 – 16H30 : Burgundy 2015-2018 – Red
18/02/2021 – 10H00 : Porto & Spiritueux 1840-2018
18/02/2021 – 10H30 : Champagne 1953-2017
18/02/2021 – 11H00 : Rhône 1992-2019 – White
18/02/2021 – 11H30 : Rhône 1944-2011 – Red
18/02/2021 – 12H00 : Rhône 2012-2019 – Red
18/02/2021 – 12H30 : Bordeaux 1950-2015 – White
18/02/2021 – 13H00 : Bordeaux 1944-1985 – Red
18/02/2021 – 14H00 : Bordeaux 1986-1996 – Red
18/02/2021 – 15H00 : Bordeaux 1997-2003 – Red
18/02/2021 – 16H00 : Bordeaux 2004-2017 – Red

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