Highest priced bottles of the year…so far! Burgundy Edition

The first half of 2022 saw another chance for Burgundy to break all the records. A 2006 Musigny from Domaine Leroy went under the hammer for €33,000, a price that sets the bar higher than ever for a region that just won’t stop.

A star-studded ranking

Standing proud in first place, then, is Leroy’s 2006 Musigny, with its €33,000 hammer price marking the highest bid of the year thus far. 2021’s version of this ranking saw a 1990 Romanée-Conti take the top spot after selling for €20,999. That makes a 57% increase for the number one bottle in the space of just a year.

Comparing this result to the Bordeaux equivalent, we see that Burgundy’s Pinot Noir remains on the throne when it comes to the highest of bids. For the first half of 2022, Bordeaux’s top bottle is a Petrus from the 2000 vintage, which sold for €5,332. The Musigny fetched six times this price. Further proof of a widening gap between the two classic French regions with regards to their most prestigious properties.

In the same vein, the average hammer price for Burgundy’s top 20 has reached €8,950 for the first six months of this year, compared to €5,391 in 2021, displaying a 66% increase.

Second place is taken by the famous Domaine de la Romanée-Conti with a 2015 Romanée-Conti cuvée that fetched €31,620, and third place so far goes to Domaine d’Auvenay with a 2005 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet, a bottle that sold for €23,760. It’s worth noting that this is one of the few white wines to feature in a sea of reds. D’Auvenay is an estate that’s been steadily creeping up the Burgundy ranking, and shows no sign of abandoning its climb. Looking at the numbers, though, it’s clear that the domain has a bit of a fight on its hands to reach the auction heights of its record-breaking peers.

Côte de Nuits supremacy

The three white wines that appear in this ranking come from the Côte de Beaune, whilst all the rest hail from the neighbouring Côte de Nuits. It’s worth noting that wines from the latter thus tend to perform ‘better’ at auction, although we wouldn’t want to neglect the excellent results out of d’Auvenay, Coche-Dury, and Ramonet.

In terms of vintage, five bottles from this Top 20 were made prior to the year 2000; the cellar effect seems to be less strong here than, say, in Bordeaux. Some of the famous vintages featured in the ranking include 1990, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

Top 20 Highest Bids on Burgundy Wine, 1st Semester 2022

Position Wine Colour Hammer price (750ml)
1 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru 2006 domaine Leroy R 33 000 €
2 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti 2015 domaine de la Romanée-Conti R 31 620 €
3 1 Bottle Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet 2005 domaine d’Auvenay W 23 760 €
4 1 Bottle Musigny 2005 domaine Georges Roumier R 17 608 €
5 1 Bottle Corton-Charlemagne 2010 domaine Coche Dury W 7 068 €
6 1 Magnum Chambertin Clos de Bèze 1999 domaine Armand Rousseau R 6 882 €
7 1 Bottle Echezeaux 2009 domaine Bizot R 6 820 €
8 1 Bottle Echezeaux 1986 Henri Jayer R 6 572 €
9 1 Bottle La Romanée 2017 domaine du Comte Liger-Belair R 5 580 €
10 1 Magnum Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2002 Jacky Truchot R 5 270 €
11 1 Bottle Musigny 2019 Faiveley R 4 588 €
12 1 Bottle Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Quartier de Marei Haut 2018 Arnoux-Lachaux R 3 968 €
13 1 Bottle Musigny 2010 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier R 3 720 €
14 1 Bottle Grands-Echezeaux 1990 domaine René Engel – Domaine Eugénie R 3 472 €
15 1 Bottle Montrachet 2010 domaine Ramonet W 3 385 €
16 1 Magnum Richebourg 2010 domaine Méo-Camuzet R 3 348 €
17 1 Magnum Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 1990 domaine Ponsot R 3 286 €
18 1 Magnum Clos de la Roche 1999 domaine Dujac R 3 100 €
19 1 Bottle Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots 2019 Charles Lachaux R 2 976 €
20 1 Bottle Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux 2010 Emmanuel Rouget R 2 976 €


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