Today, we are proud to present you with the collection of a great wine connoisseur, patiently and lovingly put together over the course of 35 years. A collection of more than 1,700 dreamy bottles, abounding with old vintages and magnificent verticals.
The collector behind this sale caught the wine bug very early on – at the ripe old age of 15 – and gradually built up the cellar of any collector’s dreams. The cellar became a collection in its own right before long, if anything growing out of hand. “It had been a few years since I could actually get into the cellar, because it was too full. I was surprised to find so many wines,” he told us. Changes in personal circumstances have forced him to part with most of wines, not without a heavy heart.
“I remember tasting a Château La Lagune 1978 when I was 15, it was exceptional.” From there, he started buying wine, which he stored in electric Eurocave fridges. Then, when he turned 18, he pursued this passion of his, with a group of wine enthusiast friends. The wines never left his natural cellar, …. The oldest bottles were only moved once, when they were brought from his childhood home to his current home.
He began with an interest in Rhone wines, before turning his attention to the Languedoc, Burgundy, Champagne and the Loire. “At the time, most of these wines were still affordable, because they were relatively unknown by the public at large, whether it was Rayas, Fonsalette, Raveneau, Ganevat… ». He visited many of these domains with his circle of enophile friends, for instance Dagueneau, La Grange des Pères, Raveneau, Ganevat.
Today, he has kept a good number of bottles for his personal consumption and to share with his friends. He also buys wines from other regions and wines to drink straight away, particularly from the Beaujolais, Domain Bouland being his go-to producer.
The collection: almost 1,000 lots of fine wines, from 1966-2016
Mature Rhone wines – this collectior’s first love – make up a quarter of the collection with a stunning series of Rayas, his guilty pleasure (1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999). He enjoys the Reynaud style so much that you’ll also find his other domains: Fonsalette and Pignan. The finest CDP also feature, such as Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin 1998, Roger Sabon Secret de Sabon 2001 or Les Cailloux Cuvée du Centenaire 1998, La Janasse, La Mordorée, Le Vieux Donjon. In terms of Côte-Rôtie, you’ll find an almost complete vertical of Guigal’s LA-LA-LA from 1992 to 2012. In Hermitage, the iconic Jean-Louis Chave is of course present in the sale (1996-2013).
In Burgundy, you’ll find verticals of the greatest white wines, going back to the early 1990s, with for instance, Coche-Dury, Raveneau, Dauvissat, and Les Comtes Lafon. As far as red wines are concerned, there is a superb vertical of Armand Rousseau (Chambertin), but also Dugat-Py, Domain d’Eugénie, Méo-Camuzet, Clos des Lambrays, Marquis d’Angerville… All available in the best mature vintages.
In the Loire valley, this collection offers the most en vogue signatures of white wine: Clos Rougeard, the Sancerre Clos la Neore from Edmond Vatan, Silex and Le Mont Damné from Dagueneau, François Cotat and Domaine de l’Ecu’s Muscadets.
The selection of Champagne is just as impressive, with a focus on old vintages: Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises 1990, R.D 1981 and 1990 and Grande Année 1996; Substance, Version Originale, Ambonnay Le Bout du Clos, Mareuil sur Ay Sous le Mont and Brut Initial from Jacques Selosse, Cuvée S 1996 from Salon, Dom Pérignon 1995 and 1996, Krug Grande Cuvée; Egly-Ouriet, but also Francis Boulard, Bérêche et Fils, and Jacquesson.
In the Languedoc, this sale offers a staggering vertical of vintages of La Grange des Pères, from 1998 to 2015, in red – and rarer still – white. In the Jura, you will be pleased to find the best cuvées from Domain Ganevat, in vintages from 2000 to 2014, and some excellent wines from Jean Macle. In Provence, you’ll find the finest Bandols (Tempier La Tourtine, La Migoua and Cabassaou), Trévallon and Château Simone (Palette). Last but not least, there are also some old Bordeaux wines up for bidding: Suduiraut 1966, Trotanoy 1989 or Yquem 1999, Carruades 1995 from Lafite Rothschild and Pavillon Rouge 1996 from Château Margaux.
Make the dream a reality – happy bidding!
Access the sales catalogue:
13/03/2019 – 10.00am: Autres régions 1966-1999
13/03/2019 – 10.30am: Champagne 1981-2002
13/03/2019 – 11.00am: Languedoc Provence
13/03/2019 – 11.30am: Jura 1988-2014
13/03/2019 – 12.00pm: Loire 1990-2014
13/03/2019 – 12.30pm: Rhône – White – 1991-2011
13/03/2019 – 01.00pm: Rhône – Red – 1979-1998
13/03/2019 – 01.30pm: Rhône – Red – 1999-2013
13/03/2019 – 02.00pm: Burgundy – Red – 1989-2016
13/03/2019 – 02.30pm: Burgundy – White –
13/03/2019 – 03.00pm: Burgundy – White –