Wine aficionados eat your heart out! Auction highlights this week include the rarest of the rare from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Loire Valley: Petrus, Le Pin, Domaine du Jaugaret, Domaine d’Auvenay, Romanée-Conti, Leroy, Roumier, les Jardins Esmeraldins, Richard Leroy, Bernaudeau…
Blue Chip Bordeaux
Did someone say 2004 Petrus? Too high a price for many, sure, but not too rare you say? Petrus often peppers the iDealwine website but what’s special about this bottle is its magnum format, significantly rarer and infinitely more desirable to collectors who are patient enough to wait for the perfect serving size. You can bid on this rare Petrus 2004 magnum here (or follow its progress via email alert!).
Staying in Pomerol, one of Bordeaux’s smallest but most prized appellations, Château Le Pin is probably the rarest of all producers with a tiny surface area of just over 2 hectares. Wine critics favourite, Le Pin is increasingly hard to come by. Two lots are set to go under the hammer in this sale, as well as Pomerol neighbours Lafleur and La Fleur Petrus. Finally, several lots from the equally sought-after Château Trotanoy are also on offer.
Also in the hard-to-find category – mature vintages, and we have some beauties in stock! Have you ever tasted a wine produced during the Second World War? Place you bids on Château Pontet Canet 1942 or Château Langoa Barton 1943, or even an inter-war 1934 Loupiac Clos Champon Ségur. Finally, the 1961 vintage is particularly well represented with bottles from Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse-de-Lalande, Rieussec, and Filhot.
Burgundy’s most beautiful, DRC, Auvenay, Leroy…
The world’s, or at least Burgundy’s most famous whites happily populate this auction – Domaine d’Auvenay‘s Chevalier-Montrachet 2000 and Meursault Pré de Manche 2007 are particularl highlights, though Leroy’s Corton-Charlemagne certainly ticks that box too! No fewer than three Romanée-Conti bottles from the eponymous Domaine de la Romanée-Conti set to go under the hammer (1982, 1986 and 1992). Wines from Roumier, Coche-Dury, Prieuré-Roch and Bizot are also open for bids and bidding wars!
Rare jewels of the Loire: Jardins Esmeraldins, Clos Rougeard, Richard Leroy, Bernaudeau…
When a wine is hard to find on iDealwine you know it’s truly rare! Among the few names included in this elusive circle are many cult wines of the Loire Valley. Of course, we’re mentioning it because they’re now in stock (if you’re reading this article after the hammer has fallen, don’t worry, just set up an email alert). Bid on a lot of three bottles of 2004 Les Jardins Esmeraldins. This estate is no longer producing thus making the wine harder and harder to find. It is certainly one of the most sought-after in recent years, for its inimitable style featuring a very long maturation.
Several lots of ready-to-drink Clos Rougeard are available, as well as those of Richard Leroy, including the famous Les Noëls de Montbenault and Stéphane Bernaudeau’s Silex from Dagueneau.
Rarities from elsewhere
From other French regions and beyond France, the choice is also vastly impressive. In the Rhône, highlights include Château Rayas and Jean-Louis Chave. In Champagne, a rare lot of Krug 1969 is available, as well as top champagne from Selosse and Dom Pérignon. In the Jura, lovers of Poulsard can bid for a bottle from Domaine des Murmures, but those with a keen eye will spot a magnum of Vignes de Mon Père from Ganevat too, no doubt it will attract much attention.