Auctions | 8,500 vinous delights

Yquem 1945

Grands crus classés, landmark vintages, regional icons… This latest auction boasts 8,500 lots from the finest French vineyards and beyond. The team presents their top picks.

A selection from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (the 2011 vintage) has pride of place in the catalogue. Alix, international development manager, spends her holidays in Burgundy, and swears region’s stupendous wines. As well as DRC, she’s picked out the Chablis Grands Crus from René and Vincent Dauvissat, Meursaults from Domaine Coche-Dury, Chambolle-Musigny Grand Cru Les Amoureuses from Mugnier, the Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru from Henri Gouges and the Pommard Premier Cru Les Jarollières from Domaine de la Pousse d’Or.

Elsa, our Bordelaise, had the pleasure of doing primeurs week in Bordeaux, tasting the finest offerings to come out of the region. Having tasted the 2018 from Châteaux Mouton Rothschild and Petrus, she’ll be keeping a close eye on more mature bottles on offer in these auctions, as well as the biodynamic nectars from Château Pontet Canet, a 5th grand cru classé that she’s particularly fond of. A true foodie, she enjoys the region’s sweet wines, the perfect accompaniment to fruity pastries, blue cheeses and even Thai dishes. Château d’Yquem and Guiraud constitute some of her most memorable tasting moments, and the superb 2009 and 2010 vintages from Châteaux Rieussec and Suduiraut are also available.

Hannah, our marketing intern, studies at EM Lyon and is particularly attached to the Rhône region. An assiduous member of her enological society at university, Hannah will be travelling around the Rhône visiting domains this summer. For now, she dreams of tasting the wonders in these auctions including the Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Château Rayas, the Saint-Joseph from domain Gonon, Guigal’s Condrieu La Doriane and the Côte-Rôtie from domain Dervieux-Thaize.

Grace, the British polyglot of the team, is widely-travelled, and it’s no surprise that she’d choose gems such as the Riesling Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2010 from Egon Muller, the Priorat 2005 from Clos Mogador, the Barbaresco ‘11  from Angelo Gaja, the supertuscan Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido, and the 1944 Port from Colheita Burmester.

Although very proud of his native Brittany, Emmanuel, in digital marketing, admits straying from the cider path every now and then. A big fan of elegant, chiseled wines, he turns to the Loire, citing Dagueneau’s Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang and Silex and Antoine Sanzay’s Saumur-Champigny. Following the same register, he’d head to Alsace to bid on Zind Humbrecht’s Riesling Grand Cru Rangen de Rhann – Clos Saint-Urbain, Marcel Deiss’ Altenberg de Bergheim Grand Cru and domain Weinbach’s Pinot Gris Vendanges Tardives Altenbourg Clos des Capucins.

Over to you, wine lovers: which wines have you dreaming in these auctions? Happy bidding!

Access the sales catalogue:

29/05/2019 – 09H00 : Etranger 1820-2016 29/05/2019 – 09H30 : Misc. French Wines 1964-2018 29/05/2019 – 10H00 : Alsace Jura 1976-2017 29/05/2019 – 10H30 : Loire 1985-2018 29/05/2019 – 11H00 : Burgundy 1973-2009 – White 29/05/2019 – 11H30 : Burgundy 2010-2017 – White 29/05/2019 – 12H00 : Burgundy 1929-2002 – Red 29/05/2019 – 12H30 : Burgundy 2003-2009 – Red 29/05/2019 – 13H00 : Burgundy 2010-2017 – Red 29/05/2019 – 13H30 : Collection Particulière 1976-2012 29/05/2019 – 14H00 : Rhône 1974-2007 29/05/2019 – 14H30 : Rhône 2008-2017 29/05/2019 – 15H00 : Bordeaux 1928-1988 – Red 29/05/2019 – 15H30 : Bordeaux 1989-2000 – Red 29/05/2019 – 16H00 : Bordeaux 2001-2008 – Red 29/05/2019 – 16H30 : Bordeaux 2009-2016 – Red 29/05/2019 – 17H00 : Bordeaux 1947-2016 – White

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