To each auction its stars! This time round, we asked members of our team which wines have them dreaming most… From Coche-Dury to Chave to Overnoy, behold our top, head-turning bottles.
Alix might be head of international development, but her wishlist probably couldn’t get any more French! Her selection of classics begins with Thierry Allemand, whose wines she’s heard a lot about but has never had the chance to taste. His Cornas are exemplars of finesse. In Burgundy, the 2009 assortment from Domaine de la Romanée Conti is particularly tempting: for Alix, the finesse of Pinot Noir – especially the Pinot Noir in question – is simply unparalleled. A fan of mature champagnes, Alix wastes no time in choosing Krug’s Clos du Mesnil 1988, “an extraordinary champagne with an oxidative element”. In the Jura, she would choose Ganevat’s interesting blend of Savagnin, Pinot Auxerrois and ungrafted Enfariné in the cuvée Ailleurs. To finish off, one of the most refined wines from outside of Burgundy, Clos Rougeard’s Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux 2002.
Elsa, head of marketing, is a Loire wine aficionado. She’s got her eye on Clos Rougeard’s Saumur Brézé, which she hasn’t yet had the pleasure of tasting. The Jura also holds a certain lure, and Elsa dreams of tasting the extremely rare wines from Domaine des Miroirs. In Champagne, she prefers characterful yet refined champagnes: Jacques Selosse’s Version Originale. Wines from further afield hold their charm too; Elsa has, for instance, dreamt of tasting Egon Muller’s sweet wines, the Riesling Scharzhofberger Auslese and Spatlese. The only red wine in Elsa’s wishlist is her all-time favourite, Vega Sicilia Unico, in a mature vintage, 1979.
Emmanuel’s (digital marketing) wishlist starts off simply with a vertical (2006 to 2015) of Dagueneau’s Pouilly-Fumé Silex, a rich and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with a crystalline matter and an incredibly long finish. This is followed by the rare pearl of the Languedoc and arguably one of the most successful balances of opulence and freshness in the region, Grange des Pères’ white wine. Having heard of the Riesling Clos Sainte-Hune at a presentation of the 2019 iDealwine Barometer, Emmanuel has been dreaming of getting his hands on one of these bottles from Trimbach. In terms of red wines, he covets recent vintages from Château Pontet-Canet, particularly from 2013 onwards, when the domain began vinifying part of its wine in amphorae-inspired ‘Dolia’ vats. He rounds up his selection with a lovely little wine from Château d’Yquem, in the 1968 vintage, no less… 😉
Grace, in the international and marketing team, has stars in her eyes as she tells us her wishlist, starting off with two prestigious Burgundies – Coche-Dury’s Corton-Charlemagne 2010 and the incredible Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2011 from domain Roumier. In the Jura, she opts for Overnoy’s Vin Jaune in a mature vintage, 1987. Last but not least, in the Rhône, Chave’s 20-year-old Hermitage Cathelin and a 1989 Château Rayas have her heart racing.
It’s up to our youngest member of the team, marketing intern Hannah to fly the flag for Bordeaux. Her 100% Bordeaux selection kicks off with Petrus, in any of the many vintages available, closely followed by another legend of the Right Bank, Château Cheval Blanc, this time in the 1996 vintage. A great wine in her birthyear vintage, what’s not to love? The rest of Hannah’s selection takes us to the Left Bank, where the finesse of a Château Palmer 1990 won’t leave you indifferent. To finish off in style, she chooses another favourite of the region, Château Haut-Marbuzet in the exceptional 2009 vintage.
For fear of overwhelming you with a never-ending article, these wish lists are far from exhaustive. If a loved-one of yours is dreaming of a mythic bottle, why not give them the gift of wine with the iDealwine gift card?