The latest online iDealwine auction, which closed on 25 November, featured an increase in the number of foreign bidders hailing from over 30 countries. They purchased 50% of the available lots – clear proof of the popularity of our vintages on the export market! These include Domaine Armand Rousseau, in Burgundy, where prices have risen again – and it is not alone. We take a closer look.
One auction follows hard on the heels of another on iDealwine, and the end-of-year period is particularly fruitful both in terms of the diversity of wines and vintages available for sale and the flood of wine enthusiasts. During the online auction, which closed on 25 November, foreign buyers bought 50% of the lots, setting their sights on several major Burgundy, Rhône and Loire domaines, amongst others.
In Bordeaux, prices are up for premiers crus classés from Pauillac (Lafite, Latour) in the “lesser” vintages (1999, 2002). The 2000 is very sought-after both from Mouton Rothschild (€1,320, +16%) and Pichon Lalande (€200, +9%).
For Château Margaux, there is a positive trend for vintages such as 1996 (€514, +7%), and 1999 (€334, +19%). By contrast, the 2000 is stabilising at €690 (-4%). On the right bank, 2005 is holding up well (Ausone: €1,380, +12%, Troplong Mondot: €184, +14%). A rare 1896 Beychevelle fetches €1,440.
In Burgundy, a rare bottle of Les Gaudichots 1926 went under the hammer at €4,800, making the headlines at the auction. This historic bottle – the Les Gaudichots vineyard is the original home of La Tâche grand cru – was bought by a French wine connoisseur. The winning bid for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti came from a Portuguese enthusiast on a Romanée-Conti 2004 (€9,720, +19%). In the white wines, the hammer went down on a 2005 Montrachet from the domaine with a bid from a Hong Kong customer at €4,200 (+27%). However, it was Domaine Rousseau, once again, which sent bids soaring. The 2010 Chambertin was snatched up after hard-fought bidding by a wine enthusiast from Monaco at €1,440 (+33%). The same buyer also purchased the 2005 for €1,380 (+50%). The 2009 now changes hands at €1,140 (+29%). No loss of momentum either for Chambertin Clos de Bèze, with the 2009 selling at €1,080 (+29%) and the 2012 at €1,020 (+13%). We note that Dugat-Py Chambertin 2011 is peaking at €840. By contrast, the Bonnes-Mares appellation is doing brilliantly from both Domaine Roumier (+90% for the 1982 at €666) and Bruno Clair (+35% for the 2010 at €224).
In the Rhône valley, Noël Verset’s wines are soaring to new heights at €554 (+26%). It is a similar story for La Mouline 2010 Côte-Rôtie from Guigal, which went under the hammer at €1,140 (+218%!) to a wine enthusiast from the United Arab Emirates. The most sought-after wines are definitely from the north of this region and the rare Château Grillet Condrieu, offered on this occasion in a wide range of vintages, achieved excellent results: €144 for 2005 (+18%), €136 for 2009 (+100%), and €132 for 2000 (+39%).
In the Loire Valley, virtually the only contenders are Clos Rougeard wines. All vintages, red and white alike, are on the up. The 2005 Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg takes the top spot, going under the hammer at €456 (+82%). Les Poyeux in the same vintage reached €188 and Le Brézé white sold at €144.
In the Champagne region, Selosse stands out from the crowd once again: the Millésime Brut Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut 2002 sells at €480 (+8%), and lieux-dits vintages are also doing very well: €264 for Les Carelles Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, €240 for Ambonnay Le Bout du Clos Blanc de Blancs and €228 for Sous Le Mont.
In the foreign wine category, a special mention goes to Vega Sicilia Unico from the Ribera del Duero: the 1973 changes hands at €288 (+44%); the 2002 has hit €264, and the 2004 is up 10% at €276.
Read further on iDealwine Le Blog:
- Auction Report 12th November
- Auction Report 28th October
- Auction Report 30th September
- The 100 most sought-after wines: Bordeaux leads the way
- This year’s top 50 wines over €1,000
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