Charity auction: Vendanges Solidaires in aid of winemakers in need

7 bottles of wine representing some of the lots present in the iDealwine x Vendanges Solidaires charity wine auction

There is something a little different about this wonderful auction that offers the crème de la crème of the fine wine world… The proceeds from it will be donated to Vendanges Solidaires, an association that comes to the aid of winemakers that have been affected by climate change to the point that they have lost all or a substantial part of their harvest or that the viability of their business is threatened. We can imagine that as wine lovers, you would be open to getting behind this initiative being the generous people we know you to be.

The world of wine coming together

For the 3rd consecutive year, the charity Vendanges Solidaires is organising a charity auction on iDealwine to help winemakers that have been battered by adverse weather that causes them to lose a significant proportion of their yields. The association comes to the aid of young wineries (those that were founded less than 10 years ago) in particular. Last year, more than €40,000 was collected from the auction which allowed many winemakers to gain the help they needed.

All of the lots come directly from the producers

All of the lots have been donated by producers themselves, showing their own generous side and the solidarity that exists between winemakers. What is more, all the money raised during the auction will all go to the charity (including the fees). This creates a situation not often seen in the secondary wine market where all the lots in the auction come directly from the cellars of the wineries.

200 lots of fine wine for a good cause

More than 200 lots are going under the hammer with the donated wines coming from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire, Champagne, the Rhône and the South-West.

The most legendary wines

Some of the most famous names from the French wine world can be found in the auction! Are you a fan of the legendary Château Cheval Blanc from Saint-Emilion? Then the mixed cases from 2014, 2015 and 2016 will interest you. But if you tend to opt for wines from the neighbouring Pomerol, Petrus is also present with a vintage that is celebrating its 10th birthday (2013). But if your heart only beats for the Left Bank, the Premier Grand Cru Classé Château Mouton Rothschild has donated two mature vintages (1974 and 1998). And what about the wines from Château Pontet-Canet, a Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé that uses biodynamic practices?

From Burgundy, the wines that have been donated are just as splendid with Armand Rousseau, Dujac, Pierre Damoy, Comtes Lafon, Domaine de Montille, Chandon de Briailles and Domaine des Croix all showing their generosity.

Champagne sparkles with a bottle of 2013 Cristal from Roederer and the Rhône shines with wines from Gonon and Delas. The Loire is home to many of exquisite domains that can be found in this auction: Belargus, Guiberteau, Domaine aux Moines and Domaine de Belliviere. Bott-Geyl, from Alsace, generously donated several bottles. Unfortunately, it is impossible to mention all the wineries who have supported this good cause and donated wines.

iDealwine has also added five lots of prestigious mixed cases formed of standard bottles and magnums (there is a case of fine red wines, fine white wines, sweet wines, magnums that are ready to drink, and iconic magnums).

Mature vintages

Mature wines, such as a 1998 Chassagne-Montrachet from Lamy Pillot and the previously mentioned Château Mouton Rothschild, are also going under the hammer. Without journeying too far back in time, there are many vintages in this auction that are at their very best, ready to drink.

Bottles, magnums and double-magnums

Several large formats feature in the auction too. Among the 40 or so lots, you’ll find magnums of 2020 Muscadet L d’Or from Luneau Papin, 2018 Granit 174 from Vaccelli, 2022 Saint-Véran La Combe des Roches from La Soufrandière, and Jurançon Tauzy 2022 from Castéra.

If ever there were an auction to take part in and place bids on some fabulous wines, this would be the one. And just to reiterate, iDealwine is not making any money from this charity auction, offering all its services free of charge.

We extend our thanks to the Vendanges Solidaires association once again for this fantastic initiative to help French winemakers who are ever more affected by climate change. We also have to thank all the producers who so kindly donated wines for this auction. You can perhaps imagine how proud we are to do our bit to support the winemakers and this initiative.

Happy bidding!

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