Auction closed 13th January: 3,500 lots and more than a century of vintages


Here come the first auctions of the year!  To start 2016 we have some outstanding lots of prestigious, excellent value wines from all the main wine-producing regions of the world. Without a doubt, the greatest of these is a complete vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild vintages (1950-2012). A wide range of crus classés, Mugnier and DRC wines and luxury spirits will also keep bidders happy.

Bordeaux makes up the lion’s share of the first auctions of 2016 with more than 1000 lots on the list! Make a New Year’s resolution to introduce each of these premiers crus classés to your wine cellar. Ready to drink, not to say very old, vintages of Château Margaux, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Latour and Haut Brion are all available. This sale also includes a complete vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild vintages from 1950 to 2012. This is exceptional, as a lot such as this is almost impossible to find.

Other excellent wines for sale include Petrus, Yquem, Léoville Las Cases, Trotanoy (in an Imperial) Cheval Blanc and Pavie.  And let’s not forget the potential bargains. Keep an eye on the mature vintages of Château la Louvière 1985, Grand Corbin Despagne 1975, Cos Labory 1982, Phélan Ségur 1975 and Rayne Vigneau 1988: prices generally remain modest for these wines.

From Burgundy, almost 1000 lots are listed in the catalogue. At the very top of the range, you can bid for outstanding wines such as the Richebourg 1984 from Henri Jayer, Musigny from Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier or Comte Georges de Vogüé, and a large number of bottles across the vintages from the Romanée Conti estate.  In this sale, you will also find producers who are somewhat hard to get hold of – except on iDealwine J – including Georges Roumier, Leflaive, Etienne Sauzet, Armand Rousseau, Pierre Damoy and Méo-Camuzet. The Burgundy listing  includes a number of lots with no reserve price and wines with a very reasonable starting price (for example: the 2002 Chorey-lès-Beaune  from the Tollot-Beau estate, or Nuits Saint-Georges Premier Cru Aux Boudots from Michel Noëllat et Fils). They are expected to stay that way too unless our readers get into a bidding war

A sublime selection of Rhône wines awaits you in this auction, with around 500 lots from the finest appellations. For Châteauneuf-du-Pape, we are scaling the heights with Réserve des Célestins from Henri Bonneau, Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Cuvée XXL Aimé Sabon from the Domaine de La Janasse and Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina, in a double-magnum. For Hermitage, we have two stunning vintages for you in les Bessards from Delas Frères and l’Ermite from Chapoutier. We have only picked the best of the other appellations too with the Côte Brune 2005 from Jamet for Côte-Rôtie, bottles from Guigal for Condrieu, and Auguste Clape representing Cornas.

True happiness has to include a foray into the world of champagne. Connoisseurs of Selosse should look out for the wide range of vintages available, including Avize Les Chantereines and Mareuil sur Ay Sous Le Mont.  As usual at our auctions, you will also find a number of lots of Cristal (Roederer), Dom Pérignon, and Vintage Réserve from Veuve Clicquot.

You could also select some of the Loire’s finest wines, such as Clos Naudin’s Vouvray and exceptional Goutte d’Or 1990 vintage. Wines from the Delesvaux estate are also worth following, as are the stars Clos Rougeard and Coulée de Serrant. If you missed out on the vin jaune this Christmas, you could always catch up now, as we have plenty bottles for sale this auction from Château d’Arlay and the Remy Maire estate. The biggest names from Alsace are here too, including Deiss, Trimbach and Zind-Humbrecht. If you prefer wines from the south, why not try the Petite Sibérie from Clos des Fées, one of the 12 vintages from la Grange des Pères listed in the catalogue. We also have various vintages from Clos Marie (Pic Saint-Loup appellation).

For bidders looking for travel inspiration, our selection covers at least fifteen countries, within Europe of course but also but also from what must no longer be referred to as the « New World ». Well known names including Opus One (Napa Valley), Sassicaia (Tuscany), Vega Sicilia Unico (Ribera Del Duero) and Kracher (Austria) are all here for the taking.

And finally, this auction includes high quality spirits, with whiskeys from Japan and Scotland and some very old Cognacs. Get ready to start bidding!

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