Private collection | A study in Bordeaux classicism

This unprecedented collection is the most complete anthology of fine Bordeaux we have ever seen on iDealwine. Browse these sumptuous staples for your cellar.

This collector, with whom we had the pleasure of speaking over the phone, had a turning point in his life when a colleague and a friend introduced him to the wines of Bordeaux. They were ‘obsessed’ with Bordeaux and taught him everything about the region. It wasn’t long before this wine enthusiast was completely under the spell of the slowly evolving Bordelais grand cru. Having discovered iDealwine, auctions became a hobby, and “a great way of getting your hands on fine wines at good prices”. His cellar – which is underground and temperature-controlled – soon filled up. To the point where he no longer had any space for more wines, being forced to part with some of his precious nectars to make space for more.

A lover of old vintages, for him, the beauty of Bordeaux resides exactly there: one must be patient to deserve the best from the wine. His wife, on the other hand, prefers young wines. Their solution? Open two bottles of the same wine, both a mature vintage and recent! This auction therefore offers all of the region’s most prestigious wines in recent and mature vintages alike… the perfect opportunity to invite family and friends to discover the evolution in bottle of these wines that traverse the decades with such elegant ease.

Incredible vertical of Petrus (1999-2014 et 2007-2014)

The collection reaches its zenith with two verticals of the star of Pomerol, Petrus. And that’s not all: the original premier cru of the 1855 classification – Haut-Brion, Latour, Lafite-Rothschild, Margaux and Mouton-Rothschild – are all available in several vintages, including the vintages of the century. All that’s left is for you to choose!

The collector’s favourite wines

Amongst his favourite wines (“it’s impossible to choose just one”) are: the biodynamic Pauillac Château Pontet-Canet (1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012…), Château Latour and its second wine, Les Forts de Latour, Château Smith Haut-Laffite and Léoville-Barton. That’s not forgetting the “always delicious” Château Gloria.

A favourite vintage

Without a doubt 2006! “Even though this isn’t necessarily one of the ‘great’ vintages, I’ve never tasted a bad 2006. Contrary to critical opinion, I find that this vintage is somewhat in the shadows of others, it isn’t too expensive and is ready to drink right away.” To test his theory, why not try a Château Montrose, Vieux Château Certan (magnum), Château Léoville Barton, Domaine de Chevalier (both the red and magnificent white), and Château Calon-Ségur, all available in the 2006 as well as other vintages.

Add to this line-up sumptuous sweet wines (Château Doisy-Daëne 1997) and large formats (magnum of Lynch Bages 2000), and you have the perfect anthology of this unmissable region. A last word from the collector? “Share good wines with your loved ones and really take the time to enjoy them, after all, that’s what wine is all about.”

Access the sales catalogue:

18/09/2019 – 12H00 : CP – Divers régions 2005-2017
18/09/2019 – 12H30 : CP – Bordeaux 1997-2014 – White
18/09/2019 – 13H00 : CP – Bordeaux 1985-2005 – Red
18/09/2019 – 13H30 : CP – Bordeaux 2006-2009 – Red
18/09/2019 – 14H00 : CP – Bordeaux 2010-2015 – Red
18/09/2019 – 14H15 : CP – Verticale Petrus 2007-2014 – Red
18/09/2019 – 14H30 : CP – Verticale Petrus 1999-2014 – Red