Charity auction | Bordeaux steps up with generous contributions

Having taken quite a hit during the current crisis, with the all important primeur events cancelled for the season, some 70 Bordeaux properties have nonetheless stepped up to the plate to participate in the charity auction that is taking place at iDealwine in aid of France’s carers.

With a project having just been launched by the #ProtègeTonSoignant collective, the idea of a charity auction was presented to the properties of Bordeaux. Put together by Karine Valentin (journalist) and Mathilde de l’Ecotais (from the collective), as well as Quentin Maydieu from our own team, the responses came quick and fast. These quick and generous reflexes were seen particularly from the likes of Bénédicte Pinero (Château Haut-Bailly) and François-Xavier Maroteaux (Branaire-Ducru), among others. After our call to action, several properties took a few days to collect their thoughts before discretely donating some wonderful bottles from their most superb vintages to our catalogue. From our strategic place in Bordeaux, the LMGV négoce (where Quentin works) got in contact with Dartess logistics, and together they kicked the project into gear with help at the Paris end from Antoine Gouriou and Victoire Seurat.

Upon finding out about the project from their communicative networks, some properties even got in touch to ask why they hadn’t been approached for a donation! Though for some, such as Château Figeac, the misunderstanding was quickly resolved when they checked their ‘spam’ folder…During such an unusual time, when so many are affected at the heart of their family units, it was imperative for us to get the tone right, to suggest without insisting. But we needn’t have worried too much, as the good will of wine makers across the region came to the fore in all its glory.

Véronique Duasse (Phélan Ségur) was particularly on the ball, not only sending some lovely bottles on time, but also providing us with some photos and descriptions to complete the picture. Some producers, such as Marielle Cazaux from La Conseillante and Jean-Michel Laporte from Château Talbot, went out of their way to drop off their precious bottles at Dartess themselves.

Knowing of our penchant for mature vintages, some properties took care to choose vintages from 10 or 20 years ago, even more in the case of Château Siran who donated a 1985 Jeroboam. Similarly, Château Pichon Lalande gave a lot of bottles from 2005, Château Saint-Pierre gave several double-magnums from 2000, and Château Rauzan Ségla has a lovely vertical of 6 bottles that go back to the 2000 vintage, as well. In Sauternes, whilst Château de Fargues brought out an exceptional series of six superb years, Château Raymond Lafon opted for the appellation’s ‘Trois Glorieuses’, with bottles from 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Domains are well aware that charity auctions are a chance to haul some gargantuan bottles from their cellars, a way of putting something truly unique on offer. This is why, in hat must be the oxymoron of the year, Domaine de la Solitude has donated its 2015 vintage in Salmanazar format – that’s 9 litres, or the equivalent of 12 bottles! You certainly won’t manage to drink that on your own! The impressive double magnum format was also the choice of numerous properties, such as Château Lafite-Rothschild (1996), Château Giscours (2012) and Château Marquis de Terme (2015). And a magnum will undoubtedly be the best way to celebrate being able to see loved ones again before too long – there are over 120 in the catalogue! If you feel like now is the moment to realise a long-held dream, perhaps you’ll be interested by the magnum of 2004 Petrus!

Even the properties affected by severe episodes of frost and disease over the past few vintages have shown their giving spirit. This has been the case for several organic and biodynamic domains such as Château Grand Corbin Despagne and Château Branon (which belongs to Haut-Bergey).

Whilst some have been unable to participate in the donation of bottles, that isn’t to say that an effort hasn’t been made…quite the contrary! Château Léoville Barton has found another way to join in, offering a day trip to the heart of the Médoc for a tasting session in the property’s winery. A lovely initiative from the Sartorius family.

And of course, the best thing about this project is the chance it gives to people to perform a gesture of solidarity for our carers. We received a message from Olivier Bernard at Domaine de Chevalier, saying ‘Lots of people are complaining at the moment but few are acting’. So if you know anyone who fits that description, you might want to point them in our direction.

See all the Bordeaux wines available in the charity auction

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Large formats

Château Montrose 2015 – 1 Jéroboam
Château Montrose 2014 – 1 Jéroboam
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2004 – 1 DB-MG
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2005 – 1 DB-MG
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2006 – 1 DB-MG
Chateau Giscours 2012 – 1 DB-MG
Château Saint-Pierre 2000 – 3 DB-MG
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996 – 1 DB-MG
Chateau Marquis de Terme 2015 – 2 DB-MG
Chateau Pedesclaux 2016 – 1 Jéroboam
Château Siran 1985 – 1 Jéroboam
Clos des Lunes 2016 – 1 DB-MG
Clos des Lunes 2017 – 1 DB-MG
Clos des Lunes 2018 – 1 DB-MG
Domaine de la Solitude 2015 – 1 Salmanazar 9L
Haut-Médoc Château Belle-Vue 2010 – 1 DB-MG

 

Grands crus classés from Sauternes-Barsac

Château Climens 2010 – 3 MG
Château de Fargues 2003 – 6 BT
Château de Fargues 2005 – 6 BT
Château de Fargues 2007 – 6 BT
Château de Fargues 2008 – 6 BT
Château de Fargues 2010 – 6 BT
Château de Fargues 2015 – 6 BT
Chateau d’Yquem 2005 – 3 MG
Chateau d’Yquem 2009 – 3 MG
Chateau Raymond Lafon
1988 / 1989 / 1990 (1 bt de chaque)
 – 3 BT
Château d’Yquem
(lot iDealwine)
1996 – 1 BT

 

Icons

Petrus 2004 – 1 MG
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2006 – 3 MG
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2009 – 3 MG
Château Figeac 2010 – 12 BT
Château Angelus 2015 – 1 MG
Château Climens 2010 – 3 MG
Chateau d’Yquem 2005 – 3 MG
Chateau d’Yquem 2009 – 3 MG
Château Figeac 2010 – 12 BT
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996 – 1 DB-MG
Château Haut-Brion
(lot iDealwine)
1999 – 1 BT
Château Lafite Rothschild
(lot iDealwine)
2005 – 1 BT
Château d’Yquem
(lot iDealwine)
1996 – 1 BT

 

Organic, biodynamic

Château Climens 2010 – 3 MG
Château Fonplegade 2015 – 6 BT
Chateau Grand Corbin Despagne 2016 – 6 BT
Chateau Branon 2005 – 1 MG
Chateau Lafon Rochet 2009 – 6 MG

 

Gems

Château Canon Pécresse 2017 – 6 BT
Haut Carles 2011 – 12 BT
Haut Carles 2017 – 6 BT
Haut Carles 2017 – 6 BT
Chateau Grand Corbin Despagne 2015 – 3 MG
Château Chauvin 2009 – 12 BT
Domaine de l’A 2014 – 6 BT
Château La Fleur de Boüard 2015 – 12 BT
Chateau Branon 2005 – 1 MG
Château Monlot 2012 – 6 BT
Héritage de Monlot 2012 – 12 BT
Château Clos de Boüard 2016 – 6 BT
Château de Rouillac Rouge 2015 – 6 BT
Château Respide-Medeville 2014 – 6 MG
Château Leroy-Beauval 2017 – 6 BT

 

Mature vintages

Chateau Branaire Ducru 2004 – 1 DB-MG
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2005 – 1 DB-MG
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2006 – 1 DB-MG
Château Saint-Pierre 2000 – 3 DB-MG
Château Siran 1985 – 1 Jéroboam
Château Haut-Brion
(lot iDealwine)
1999 – 1 BT
Château d’Yquem
(lot iDealwine)
1996 – 1 BT
Château Haut-Marbuzet
(Lot iDealwine)
1996 – 1 BT

 

Magnums

Petrus 2004 – 1 MG
Château Angelus 2015 – 1 MG
Château Canon la Gaffelière 2010 – 6 MG
Château Cantemerle 2015 – 6 MG
Château Carbonnieux Blanc 1995 – 1 MG
Château Carbonnieux Rouge 1995 – 1 MG
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2006 – 3 MG
Château Climens 2010 – 3 MG
Chateau d’Yquem 2005 – 3 MG
Chateau d’Yquem 2009 – 3 MG
Chateau Grand Corbin Despagne 2015 – 3 MG
Château La Conseillante 2010 – 1 MG
Château La Conseillante 2015 – 2 MG
Château Lagune 2014 – 1 MG
Chateau Lafon Rochet 2009 – 6 MG
Château Larcis Ducasse 2016 – 3 MG
Chateau Malartic Lagravière rouge 2014 – 6 MG
Château Trianon 2007 – 6 MG
Chateau Olivier 2009 – 6 MG
Château Pavie Macquin 2016 – 3 MG
Château Phélan Ségur 2015 – 6 MG
Château Pichon Baron 2014 – 1 MG
Château Pichon Baron 2015 – 1 MG
Château Pichon Baron 2016 – 1 MG
Chateau Suduiraut 2015 – 1 MG
Chateau Suduiraut 2016 – 1 MG
Chateau Suduiraut 2017 – 1 MG
Chateau Talbot 2010 – 6 MG
Domaine de Chevalier (1 magnum de chaque)
2000/2005/2009/2010/2015/2016
 – 6 MG
Château Respide-Medeville 2014 – 6 MG
Château Beausejour 2016 – 1 MG

 

Grands crus classés

Une caisse de 6 bouteilles :
– 3 bt Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2015
– 3 bt Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2016
 – 6 BT
Chateau Haut Bailly 2014 – 12 BT
Chateau Beychevelle + Amiral de Beychevelle
2012/2014/2016 (2bt de chaque)
 – 6 BT
Chateau Beychevelle + Amiral de Beychevelle
2013/2015/2017 (2bt de chaque)
 – 6 BT
Chateau Brane-Cantenac 2006 – 12 BT
Château d’Issan 2016 – 12 BT
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2005 – 6 BT
Chateau Lynch Bages 2010 – 12 BT
Chateau Haut Batailley 2017 – 12 BT
Château Malescasse 2016 – 6 BT
Chateau Ormes de Pez 2009 – 12 BT
Château Calon Ségur
(Lot iDealwine)
2009 – 1 BT
Chateau Rauzan Segla (1 bt de chaque)
2000/2005/2009/2010/2015/2016
 – 6 BT
Chateau Canon (1 bt de chaque millésime)
2000/2005/2009/2010/2015/2016
 – 6 BT
Château de Ferrand 2015 – 12 BT
Château La Gaffelière 2015 – 12 BT
Château Beausejour 2016 – 1 MG
Couvent des Jacobins 2006 – 12 BT
Chateau Lagrange 2013 – 12 BT

 

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