Highest Winning Bids | Reflecting on six months of auctions in 2021

Six month’s into 2021, an auction overview

Following a successful 2020 for iDealwine despite the global pandemic, momentum has continued to build in 2021, as wine lovers use the long winter months and various national lockdowns to source and bid on wine. Since January 1st, 2021, 23 auctions have taken place on iDealwine, including five private collections (auctions entirely dedicated to a single outstanding cellar), resulting in the auctioning of 96,613 bottles, that is 50,702 lots, with an estimated turnover of € 12,4m (including buyers’ fees). Not included in these numbers are a charity auction benefitting winegrowers badly affected by the recent frost, via Vendanges Solidaires, as well as three spirits auctions that took place on the FineSpirits.Auction, our partner platform.

Going through the list of the 50 most expensive wines sold on iDealwine during the first half of the year, you will find that the majority of bidders are located in Europe. 27 of the top 50 winning bids were won by French people. 23 went to lucky bidders in Ireland, the UK, Austria, Denmark, Monaco, Switzerland, Italy and further afield in the USA, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

iDealwine truly has gone global!

Rhône and Bordeaux remain on the podium, just.

It is not until the 29th highest bid that we come across a bottle that is not from Burgundy. From Japan, the honour goes to a very rare Karuizawa 33 Years Number One Drinks Ex-Sherry Single Cask Butt N°136, bottled in 2014. With fine spirits making their mark on the auction landscape, their succes has inspired iDealwine to open a dedicated auction platform in November 2020, called Fine Spirits Auction, in partnership with La Maison du Whisky.

The Rhône Valley appears in 31st place, with Jean-Louis Chave’s Hermitage Cathelin 2000. A bottle with a very limited production, that is no longer available. Of course, this only increases its desirability…

Finally, Bordeaux wine fans can rest assured that this iconic region is well represented, but only from 44th position, with a prestige case of 2006 vintages from the châteaux Petrus, Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion, Cheval White and Mouton Rothschild. Despite the declining share of Bordeaux bottles, auction prices remain high, proven by the fact that two 2000 Petrus wines were acquired for €4,421 each.

Rare white performing well

Among the more unusual bids in this ranking is a single double-magnum (La Tâche 1983 from the domaine de la Romanée Conti), and many rare Burgundy whites where older vintages are performing and drinking well. Chardonnay, queen of Burgundy is represented on this list in some of the world’s most famous terroirs, Montrachet, Meursault, Chevalier-Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne, produced by great names such as Leflaive, d’Auvenay, Romanée-Conti and Coche-Dury.

See the listing for yourself and tell us, do you recognise any bids as your own?

iDealwine’s Highest Bids at Auction in the first half of 2021

Rank Region Name Coulour Price per bottle (equivalent 75cl) Bidder location
1 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1990 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         20 999 € IRELAND
2 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1996 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         15 350 € UK
3 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2006 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         14 859 € FRANCE
4 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2009 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         14 736 € FRANCE
5 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2014 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         13 999 € FRANCE
6 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2011 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         13 631 € FRANCE
7 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2004 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         12 894 € HONG KONG
8 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2007 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         12 403 € HONG KONG
9 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1988 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         11 052 € AUSTRIA
10 Burgundy 1 bt Echézeaux Grand Cru 1985 – Domaine Henri Jayer Red         11 052 € UK
11 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1986 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         10 684 € FRANCE
12 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2000 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red         10 561 € GERMANY
13 Burgundy 1 bt Musigny Grand Cru 1989 – Domaine Georges Roumier Red           9 947 € FRANCE
14 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1974 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           9 456 € FRANCE
15 Burgundy 1 bt Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 – Domaine Leflaive White           8 596 € FRANCE
16 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1984 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           8 228 € UK
17 Burgundy 1 bt Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2011 – Domaine d’Auvenay White           8 105 € HONG KONG
18 Burgundy 1 bt Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti White           7 614 € UK
19 Burgundy 1 bt Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2003 – Domaine d’Auvenay White           7 122 € FRANCE
20 Burgundy 1 bt Richebourg Grand Cru 1991 – Domaine Leroy Red           7 000 € FRANCE
21 Burgundy 1 bt Chambertin Grand Cru 1999 – Domaine Leroy Red           6 908 € FRANCE
22 Burgundy 1 bt La Tâche Grand Cru 1980 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           6 263 € IRELAND
23 Burgundy 1 bt Montrachet Grand Cru 1988 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti White           6 140 € UK
24 Burgundy 1 bt La Tâche Grand Cru 1999 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           6 140 € HONG KONG
25 Burgundy 1 bt Chambertin Grand Cru 1998 – Domaine Leroy Red           6 140 € FRANCE
26 Burgundy 1 bt La Romanée Grand Cru 2005 – Domaine Comte du Liger-Belair Red           6 017 € MONACO
27 Burgundy 1 bt Chambertin Grand Cru 2007 – Domaine Leroy Red           5 649 € SWITZERLAND
28 Burgundy 1 bt Montrachet Grand Cru 1998 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti White           5 587 € FRANCE
29 Japan 1 bt Whisky Karuizawa 33 Years Number One Drinks Ex-Sherry Single Cask Butt N°136 Bottled July 2014 LMDW Artist Warren Khong Golden           5 526 € FRANCE
30 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru 2009 – Domaine Leroy Red           5 403 € DENMARK
31 Rhone Valley 1 bt Hermitage Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin 2000 – Jean-Louis Chave Red           5 403 € NETHERLANDS
32 Burgundy 1 bt La Tâche Grand Cru 2015 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           5 403 € FRANCE
33 Burgundy 1 bt La Tâche Grand Cru 2015 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           5 158 € FRANCE
34 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru 2013 – Domaine Leroy Red           5 158 € TAIWAN
35 Burgundy 1 bt La Romanée Grand Cru 2005 – Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Red           5 035 € FRANCE
36 Burgundy 1 bt Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru 1995 – Domaine Leroy Red           5 035 € FRANCE
37 Burgundy 1 bt La Tâche Grand Cru 1990 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           4 912 € FRANCE
38 Burgundy 1 bt Meursault Les Narvaux 2004 – Domaine d’Auvenay White           4 912 € FRANCE
39 Burgundy 1 double-magnum La Tâche Grand Cru 1983 du Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           4 820 € UK
40 Burgundy 1 bt La Tâche Grand Cru 2017 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           4 666 € FRANCE
41 Burgundy 1 bt Meursault 2005 – Domaine d’Auvenay White           4 666 € HONG KONG
42 Burgundy 1 bt Meursault Les Narvaux 2004 – Domaine d’Auvenay White           4 666 € FRANCE
43 Burgundy 1 bt Nuits Saint-Georges Les Meurgers 1986 – Henri Jayer Red           4 666 € ITALY
44 Bordeaux 1 bt Caisse Prestige 2006 (Petrus – Latour – Margaux – Haut-Brion – Cheval White – Mouton Rothschild) Red           4 544 € BELGIUM
45 Burgundy 1 bt La Tâche Grand Cru 2005 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           4 421 € FRANCE
46 Burgundy 1 bt Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru 2005 – Domaine Leroy Red           4 421 € FRANCE
47 Burgundy 1 bt La Tâche Grand Cru 2010 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Red           4 421 € FRANCE
48 Bordeaux 1 bt Petrus 2000 Red           4 421 € FRANCE
49 Bordeaux 1 bt Petrus 2000 Red           4 421 € FRANCE
50 Burgundy 1 bt Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1996 – Domaine Coche Dury White           4 421 € USA

 

See all wines currently up for auction on iDealwine

*Auctions are operated by IWA (International Wine Auction), a subsidiary of iDealwine and regulated by the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, France’s regulatory body for auctions.

 

 

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