October 2019 Auctions | The rarest of whiskies

A unique reference point for ‘finding the unfindable’, iDealwine has excelled again throughout the month of October. Several bottles from highly limited productions have found buyers, such as a 50-year-old Glenfiddich whisky. A few gems under the spotlight:


Originating in one of the most emblematic Scottish distilleries, the 50-year-old Glenfiddich is a rare cuvée.  Derived from the house’s second and final production, the bottle put up for auction is the result of blending vintages all the way back to 1938, and even 1937. It is therefore one of the oldest whiskies on the market. Inspired by the first 50-year cuvée (a blend of nine barrels symbolising the nine children of the house’s founder William Grant), this whisky was auctioned off at more than €28,000. This is a new auction record for iDealwine which reveals a mounting interest in spirits…as has been further proven by the selling of other bottles of cognac and whisky.


Looking to Bordeaux, Château Mouton-Rothschild stands out with a lot of two bottles of the 2000 vintage auctioned at €3,526, whilst the 1990 and 2005 went for €375 and €547 respectively. Whilst some of the big names like Petrus have remained stable, others are making a remarkable breakthrough, such as Château Figeac. With a 37% increase compared to its usual price on iDealwine, the sale of its 1998 gave us reason to celebrate. Alongside this, the second wine from Château Margaux, and notably its older vintages (1997, 2001) are growing in popularity. Don’t say we haven’t warned you!


Burgundy continues to enamour the world over, attracting wine enthusiasts from Belgium, Hong-Kong, Austria, Britain and Ukraine. As per usual, some domains whipped the auction into a frenzy: Domaine d’Auvenay saw some great sales, most notably its Premier Cru Goutte d’Or 1999 (€1,583) and 2000 (€1,642). Unsurprisingly, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti also stirred up considerable desire, with a 2009 La Tâche passing the €4,000 mark. Some wines to watch are from Domaine Denis Mortet, which has seen strong growth and been hotly fought over in auctions.

Rhône Valley

One bottle in particular is distinguishing itself in the Rhône Valley. This bottle is of course the 1990 Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune from Domaine Jamet, auctioned at €1,228.  Wine lovers should keep a close eye on this region where wines are gaining more and more success. This is a phenomenon led by stars such as Château Rayas, Guigal and Chapoutier.


The festive season is fast approaching and you can feel it in our auctions! Many of you took a look at our bigger bottles, with the magnum of 1973 Cuvée S from Champagne Salon selling at €2,006 and the Bollinger 1996 R.D, going for €600 each. The latter of these houses was among your favourites this October, as demonstrated by your enthusiasm for the Grande Année and the RD.


At the top of our Jura classification, it won’t come as a surprise to find Pierre Overnoy’s Arbois, a regional bigwig of biodynamic, natural wines. Not too far behind were Renaud Bruyère and Adeline Houillon who created their domain recently (in 2011) to grow native grape varieties in the most natural way possible.

Foreign wines

Let’s turn to warmer climes, where the sun-kissed wines of Spain and Italy really took you by storm. From the Iberian coast, Vega Sicilia dazzles with its mature wines going back as far as 1959, of which some among the selection were auctioned at €500. The Italian peninsula paints a picture of itself through the natural wines of Giuseppe Rinaldi, whose mature (2005, 2006, 2008) and younger (2013, 2015) vintages were very successful.

As you can see, these auctions confirm the different dynamics of the wine market: natural and biodynamic wines, fine spirits and festive bottles like champagne. If you have treasures such as these of your own, don’t hesitate to ask for a free estimation of your bottles or simply consult their iDealwine price estimate.


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