New auction! | Mature classics for the festivities

As we’re reaching the end-of-year auctions, the selection in this sale includes just the kind of cuvées to perfect your festive celebrations. An ode to classic names that you can enjoy at their maturity, as well as a special collection particularly rich in Burgundy bottles.

A special collection bursting with Burgundy icons and other regions

Once more, we have a sumptuous special collection from a private seller as part of this auction, and this is a catalogue that many are sure to covet. Coming up are some truly iconic names from the prestigious land of Burgundy…but that’s not all! Our seller has had the fortune to obtain allocations from producers across the Hexagon, especially from Burgundy where he studied and made his first connections in the wine world, as well as the Rhône. This is a region he now knows well, having made the south of France his home.

All of these wines have been kept and aged in the natural, underground cellar of an old house with very thick walls. Here, the conservation conditions are excellent: at around 14-15°C, the temperature is stable all year round, and there is a high level of humidity. This is the first time the bottles have been moved since they were first placed in the cellar.

There is an impressive selection of Burgundy cuvées, with many at an optimal drinking age, such as those from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Coche-Dury, Henri Jayer, Prieuré-Roch, Emmanuel Rouget, Arnaud Ente, and Gros Frères et Soeur.

You’ll also see that there are numerous cuvées from La Grange des Pères, another of our seller’s favourites and a domain he has followed since its early days. Around 20 bottles from this Languedoc icon are going under the hammer, making up a complete vertical of the 1993 to 2016 vintages. You should also look out for wines from Château Rayas, Ganevat, Guigal (the La-La-La cuvées), and some perfectly mature premiers crus classés from Bordeaux.

You might well be wondering what has led our collector to say goodbye to such treasures. As is often the case, this is someone who has followed a passionate intuition, accumulating marvellous bottles to such a point that he couldn’t possibly savour them all. “I now have three cellars and, quite simply, far too much wine. It’s becoming a waste. Better to give the chance to other wine enthusiasts so they can enjoy.”

When asked which of the wine from this collection had left the greatest impression, there was no hesitation: “Ganevat’s 1999 Les Vignes de mon Père was a true revelation, an exceptional wine, as well as the iconic Rayas. I tasted the latter somewhat by chance at the time and it blew me away. I’d already tasted quite a few really good wines by then, but this was really something else.”

See the special collection here

Mature classics for the festivities

Outside of this special collection, there are plenty of dreamy bottles up for auction.

Of course, the finest classics in stock come from the regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône, and – as the festivities always call for – Champagne. From Bordeaux, the mythical Petrus is available in vintages dating all the way back to 1966. Grands crus classés from the region’s left bank are legion, with over 50 vintages of Château Mouton-Rothschild as well as a 1945 Léoville Las Cases. As for the right bank, Château Lafleur and Château La Violette await, along with a 1929 Château Ausone, a lot perfect for a collector.

From Burgundy, all of the finest names have made an appearance, with the likes of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Coche-Dury, Domaine d’Eugénie, Liger-Belair, Georges Roumier, Armand Rousseau, Bizot, Raveneau, and Prieuré-Roch all in ready-to-drink, mature vintages. Myriad options to accompany your Christmas turkey!

The Rhône is nicely represented by over forty lots from Château Rayas, with vintages ranging from 1989 to the present. Other regional icons are also available; look out for lots from Château and Domaine des Tours, festive wine at an attainable price.

Finally, if you’re looking for an exceptional mature, vintage champagne, you’ve come to the right place. 1966 Salon, 1990 Cristal (Roederer), 1976 R.D (Bollinger), 1990 Comtes de Champagne (Taittinger) are a few of the finest examples.

Non-French gems, cuvées from the Loire, the Jura, and Alsace, as well as top of the range spirits all make up the extensive offer of this auction. Below, you’ll find links to the catalogue, where you can explore a veritable treasure trove to your heart’s content!

Here is the link to the full sale

Happy bidding!

09/12/2020 – 10H00 : Porto & Spiritueux 1840-2007
09/12/2020 – 10H30 : Champagne 1966-2015
09/12/2020 – 11H00 : Rhône 1980-2018 – White
09/12/2020 – 11H30 : Rhône 1980-2010 – Red
09/12/2020 – 12H00 : Rhône 2011-2019 – Red
09/12/2020 – 12H30 : Burgundy 1982-2009 – White
09/12/2020 – 13H00 : Burgundy 2010-2018 – White
09/12/2020 – 13H30 : Burgundy 1959-1999 – Red
09/12/2020 – 14H30 : Burgundy 2000-2008 – Red
09/12/2020 – 15H30 : Burgundy 2009-2014 – Red
09/12/2020 – 16H30 : Burgundy 2015-2019 – Red
10/12/2020 – 10H00 : Autres vins Etranger 1964-2019
10/12/2020 – 10H30 : Misc. French Wines 1986-2019
10/12/2020 – 11H00 : Beaujolais 1998-2018
10/12/2020 – 11H30 : Alsace Jura 1976-2019
10/12/2020 – 12H00 : Loire 1971-2019 – White
10/12/2020 – 12H30 : Loire 1982-2018 – Red
10/12/2020 – 13H00 : Bordeaux 1949-2016 – White
10/12/2020 – 13H30 : Bordeaux 1929-1994 – Red
10/12/2020 – 14H30 : Bordeaux 1995-2004 – Red
10/12/2020 – 15H30 : Bordeaux 2005-2017 – Red
10/12/2020 – 16H30 : CP – Vins Français 1945-2018