The auction closed on 24th May offered once again a variety of appellations, domains and vintages that only iDealwine can propose with such regularity (at least twice a month). Amateurs have flushed out treasures from all over the vineyard and whatever the region, due notably to the large diversity of buyers originating from more than 50 countries around the world.
This sale demonstrates the renewed interest for lesser vintages of Mouton Rothschild, probably supported by a few wine collectors who are completing their vertical collections. Indeed, verticals of this first classified growth from Pauillac can be resold with a non-negligible premium; obviously variable according to the conditions of the bottles. Illustrated by a different artist every year since 1945, Mouton has created a unique range of labels which certainly supports the interest and price of some vintages. In this auction, the 1974 reached €394, +77% compared to iDealwine average auction price, while the 1973, illustrated by Picasso, went for €358 (+64%), the 1979 for €273 (+34%) and the 1980 for €270 (+7%). This upward trend for lesser vintages is however not only specific to Mouton and could be observed with other top crus: Angélus in 2002 sold for €280 (+39%) and Cheval Blanc 1993 closed at €310 (+31%). With the recent En Primeur price increase, many mature vintages become more affordable and push amateurs to look into ready-to-drink wines. As a comparison, the 2016 Angelus recently went out for €414 tax included.
Eternal Henri Jayer
In Burgundy, a bottle of the famous Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 1995 increased by 62%, reaching €5,640. The price to absolute rarity. Once again, the most expensive bottle of this auction was Domaine de la Romanée-Conti with the 1991 sold for €10,560.
Côte-Rôtie, the match
The auction featured a large range of well-known Rhône, including many Côte-Rôtie. Although performances were less spectacular than in other regions, prices were still quite high: Côte-Brune from Jamet 1999 sold for €480 (+5%) and €348 (+10%) for the 1998. For Guigal’s LaLaLas, La Turque reached €240 for the 2011 (+11%) and €192 for the 2008 (+10%), La Mouline 2011 €252 (+5%) and La Landonne, €228 for the 2011, and €216 for the 2012. Guigal remains the most expensive producer of La Landonne although other producers are performing well like JM Gerin with his 2007 that increased by 19% (€128) or René Rostaing €102 (+ 7%) in the same vintage.
In the Loire Valley, the Saumur (Brézé) and Saumur-Champigny from the Clos Rougeard continue attracting bidders with high price levels. Sancerre, like the Domaine François Cotat and the Clos de la Néore (E. Vatan) are also very searched by wine lovers. Magnums of Les Monts Damnés from Cotat sold for €174 for the 2000, €162 for the 2001 and €144 for the 2006. The scarce Clos de la Néore, produced from a tiny plot, reached €204 for the 2005 (+28%), €192 for the 2007 (+ 16%) and €192 for the 2010 (+26%).
In other regions, Jura wines continue to appeal bidders, especially Overnoy. Prices for old vintages of Château Chalon from La Fruitière Vinicole also climb, like the 1961 vintage sold at €294.
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