Languedoc-Roussillon: the top 20 highest-priced bottles at auction (first semester of 2018)

Palmares Languedoc Roussillon S1 2018 Grange des PeresAs the first semester comes to the end, we take a look at the top bottles from the Languedoc-Roussillon at auction. Wines from this ancient winemaking region have known great success in the last few years. A break down of the bottles wooing at auction.

Languedoc

At first look not much seems to have changed for the Languedoc since last year. Hammer prices are more or less stable and the top 20 most expensive bottles of 2018 so far range from €219 to €36 (in 2017 this price range went from €216 to €30.

Yet, in just a few years the Languedoc has seen production levels (certainly for qualitative wines) shoot up. 20 years ago, wines from this region weren’t represented at auction as their small presence meant they couldn’t compete with the fine wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. It also explains the lack of mature vintages in these rankings. Enthusiasts are becoming more and more erudite, seeking out the gems from lesser-known region and showing that they are not at all put off by these off the beaten track wines having a mere IGP (Vin de Pays) classification.

Similarly, to 2017, Grange des Pères is top dog in the Languedoc. Laurent Vaillé, who runs the domaine has previously worked at both Domaine de Trévallon and Coche-Dury. His biodynamic wines represent the most frequently sold lots from this region on our platform and a magnum of his rare 2011 white reached €420 last year. Silver medal goes to the talented Marlène Soria from Domaine Peyre-Rose who has climbed two places thanks to Robert Parker’s blessing.

Buyers are attracted by the leading domains of this region, responsible for the Languedoc’s new and exciting image. Such is the case for Domaine de Montcalmès, Mas Jullien, Domaine des Aurelles and Château La Voulte-Gasparets.

The Languedoc also owes its recent success to a heightened interest in organic, biodynamic and natural wines.  Many domaines in this region practice environmentally responsible viticultural practices and their popularity translates into the rankings. The biodynamic Clos Marie and Gérard Bertrand take 12th and 16th place respectively in the top 20.

The Languedoc: top 20 highest-priced bottles of the first semester of 2018

Position Lot Colour Lot price (incl. VAT) Price (per 75cl bottle & incl. VAT) Variation on price estimate (or reserve price) Date of sale Country of residence of winning bidder
1 Bottle of IGP Pays d’Hérault 1997 – Grange des Pères Red 219 € 219 € 52% 17/05/2018 Hong Kong
2 Bottle of Ctx du Lgdc Clos des Cistes 1990 – Peyre-Rose Red 195 € 195 € 22% 18/01/2018 Japan
3 Bottle of Ctx du Lgdc 1989 – Prieuré de St Jean de Bébian Red 106 € 106 € 24% 14/06/2018 France
4 Bottle of Ctx du Lgdc Terrasses du Larzac 2007 – La Peira en Damaisela Red 75 € 75 € 39% 18/01/2018 France
5 Magnum of Ctx du Lgdc Terrasses du Larzac 2005 – Mas Jullien Red 136 € 68 € 23% 04/06/2018 France
6 Bottle of Ctx du Lgdc Terrasses du Larzac 2005 – Montcalmès Red 67 € 67 € 30% 17/05/2018 France
7 2 bottles of Faugères Valinière 2009 – L. Barral Red 128 € 64 € 11% 28/06/2018 France
8 3 bottles of Ctx du Lgdc La 40ème 2007 – Château Puech Haut Red 182 € 61 € 22% 31/05/2018 France
9 2 bottles of IGP Pays du Gard 2005 – Roc d’Anglade White 122 € 61 € 26/04/2018 United Kingdom
10 Bottle of Ctx du Lgdc Pic St-Loup 2005 – Ermitage du Pic Saint-Loup Red 58 € 58 € 60% 26/04/2018 France
11 3 bottles of IGP St Guilhem-le-Désert Cité d’Aniane 1999 – Mas Daumas Gassac Red 170 € 57 € 20% 19/04/2018 France
12 3 bottles of Ctx du Lgdc Pic St-Loup Les Glorieuses Françoise 2011 – Clos Marie Red 164 € 55 € 14/06/2018 France
13 Bottle of Pézenas Lgdc Aurel 2009 – Domaine des Aurelles Red 46 € 46 € 44% 15/02/2018 Korea
14 2 bottles of Les Brunes 2005 – Les Creisses Red 85 € 43 € 40% 15/02/2018 France
15 Bottle of Los Abuelos 2002 – Terre inconnue Red 41 € 41 € 21% 29/03/2018 France
16 Bottle of Languedoc L’Hospitalitas 2010 – G. Bertrand Red 39 € 39 € 58% 15/02/2018 France
17 2 bottles of Languedoc Fitou 2008 –  Bertrand-BeRedé Red 73 € 36 € 20% 28/02/2018 France
18 2 bottles of Ctx du Lgdc Pic St-Loup Grande Cuvée 1998 – L’Hortus Red 73 € 36 € 17% 18/01/2018 France
19 2 bottles of IGP Pays d’Hérault Le Pradel 2007 – Terrasse d’Elise Red 73 € 36 € 11% 15/02/2018 France
20 2 bottles of Corbières Romain Pauc 1996 – Château La Voulte-Gasparets Red 73 € 36 € 12/04/2018 United Kingdom

Roussillon

Further south lies Roussillon, a very accessible winemaking region with a rich viticultural history. The rankings from this region are populated with the most mythic domaines, including one domaine in particular that hasn’t moved from the top spot for quite some time! You might have guessed it, Clos des Fées and its prestigious La Petite Sibérie cuvée, bought by an Asian enthusiast for €274. Another superb domaine: Gauby and its flagship La Muntada cuvée in the 1998 vintage. Other producers to watch are Le Clos du Rouge Gorge and Olivier Pithon (brother of the Loire winemaker Jo Pithon) who produces top quality natural wines.

A large majority of these rankings are taken up by Vin Doux Naturel, in particular Rivesaltes, a wine that we’ve specialised in since 2005. For 13 years, we’ve witnessed the worth of these wines as a collectible item.

Roussillon: top 20 highest-priced bottles of the first semester of 2018

Position Lot Colour Lot price (incl. VAT) Price (per 75cl bottle & incl. VAT) Variation on price estimate (or reserve price) Date of sale Country of residence of winning bidder
1 Bottle of Cts du Roussillon La Petite Sibérie 2001 – Clos des Fées Red 274 € 274 € 16% 17/05/2018 Hong Kong
2 Bottle of Maury VDN 1925 – Coume Du Roy White 161 € 161 € 23% 15/03/2018 Belgium
3 Bottle of Cts du Roussillon La Muntada 1998 – Gauby Red 134 € 134 € 37% 15/02/2018 Martinique
4 Bottle of Rivesaltes 1945 –  Château St Michel Amber 128 € 128 € 76% 14/06/2018 France
5 Bottle of Rivesaltes 1945 – Château Mossé Amber 116 € 116 € 59% 28/02/2018 Luxembourg
6 Bottle of Rivesaltes Cuvée Marcel Girves 1947 – Ste Croix Amber 91 € 91 € 25% 15/03/2018 Spain
7 Bottle of Banyuls Pietri 1950 – Geraud Amber 85 € 85 € 13% 31/05/2018 France
8 Bottle of Rivesaltes 1943 – Château Sisqueille Amber 81 € 81 € 38% 24/05/2018 France
9 2 bottles of Maury 1954 – Mas Amiel Amber 158 € 79 € 17/05/2018 France
10 Bottle of Rivesaltes Cuvée Aimée 1973 – Cazes Amber 79 € 79 € 204% 03/05/2018 Belgium
11 Bottle of Rivesaltes 1961 – Château Las Collas Amber 79 € 79 € 52% 14/06/2018 France
12 Bottle of Rivesaltes 1959 – G. Bertrand Amber 79 € 79 € 20% 17/05/2018 France
13 Bottle of Banyuls Vieilles Vignes 1966 – Mas Blanc Red 68 € 68 € 24% 31/01/2018 France
14 Bottle of Rivesaltes 1982 – La Fosseille Amber 57 € 57 € 84% 14/06/2018 France
15 Bottle of Rivesaltes 1960 – Lacresse Amber 56 € 56 € 15% 24/05/2018 France
16 2 bottles of Rivesaltes 1961 – Ste Lucie Amber 97 € 49 € 14/06/2018 France
17 Bottle of Banyuls Vin De Meditation – La Tour Vieille Amber 44 € 44 € 20% 15/02/2018 France
18 Bottle of Rivesaltes 1977 – Chapoutier Amber 40 € 40 € 49% 17/05/2018 Italy
19 Bottle of IGP Côtes Catalanes 2011 – Clos du Rouge GoRede White 38 € 38 € 9% 28/06/2018 France
20 Bottle of IGP Côtes Catalanes La D18 2014 – O. Pithon White 35 € 35 € 5% 31/05/2018 France

 

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Other things to read on the iDealwine blog:

The top 50 highest-priced bottles at auction (first semester of 2018)

The Loire: top 20 highest-priced bottles at auction (first semester of 2018)

Provence and Corsica: top 20 highest-priced bottles at auction (first semester of 2018)

 

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