New auction | Autumnal grands crus

Are you sitting comfortably by the fire? Autumn is well underway, the perfect ambiance for nursing a beautiful Burgundy or even a large-format Bordeaux…And take the time to look through a special collection that is nestled amongst the catalogues!

Where do we start? In Bordeaux, of course, the most classic of regions here represented by a truly exceptional 53-vintage vertical (1960-2012) of the premier grand cru classé Château Mouton Rothschild. If you’d like to find out more about this unique offer, get in touch with our customer service team at info@idealwine.com, and they’ll be delighted to help. From Pessac-Léognan, another lot has caught our eye: 12 bottles of the 1990 vintage from Château La Mission Haut-Brion, a collectors’ year for this property.

Another star region is Burgundy, which is once again offering some marvels: a 2-bottle lot of 2000 Charmes-Chambertin by Jacky Truchot, a 2000 La Romanée cuvée by Comte Liger-Belair (Bouchard Père et Fils), and a 1989 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses by Georges Roumier. To preserve preciously or to savour from today.

From Champagne, there are some lots directly from Maison Bollinger to explore: RD cuvées from 1976 (bottle format) and 1999 (magnum), as well as the James Bond 007 from 2002. You’ll also find a magnificent 1966 Brut from Salon and a 1995 Clos d’Ambonnay by Krug. Beautiful bubbles to save for slightly more festive times.

After some whisky for a bit of a change? These two Japanese lots are a chance to travel back in time: two 21-year-old Hibiky Suntory, and two 18-year-old Yamazaki single malts. These are nectars for sipping meditatively as the nights draw in.

Now let’s take a look at the special catalogue hidden in this sale. Almost 2,500 bottles here come straight from an enthusiastic collector and son of an Alsace wine maker. Having started his collection in the 1990s, he quickly established his ambition to acquire ‘a collection representative of France’s wine’. Meeting directly with producers was key for him to “get to know and understand how the wine was produced”.

This magnificent cellar is located underneath the home of our enthusiast, covering 16 square metres, and the bottles enjoyed perfect conservation conditions. This is a perfectly isolated room with a constant temperature between 13 and 14°C and 75% humidity. Left to rest in total darkness, the wines have been kept on racks and in their original cases.

From this cellar, we have a lovely collection from Domaine Ramonet, 106 lots in all! Some of our top picks include a 2010 Montrachet grand cru (also available in the 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006 and 2001 vintages), and a range of large formats with magnums of Chassagne-Montrachet. Burgundy is clearly our collector’s favourite region, and our interest was piqued by a double magnum of Montrachet Marquise De Laguiche by Joseph Drouhin and a double magnum of Richebourg grand cru from Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret.

As you can see, the most prestigious of produce is at the heart of this auction. We hope that you’ll find the perfect bottle…and bid for it!

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