Private Collection: auction of the cellar of a wine connoisseur | closed 20 July


ol-2016-07-07-1024x267iDealwine featured a special private collection for auction closed on 20 July. Private because the wines have been collected by an enthusiast and special because all the bottles for sale are valuable and have been stored in exceptional conditions. The collection is so rich that it speaks for itself.

The collection is the culmination of one man’s all-consuming passion for wine, spanning several decades (from the 1970s to the early 1990s). As a lover of Burgundies and Bordeaux in equal measure, the collector whose cellar is up for sale is a former company director from the Aube region who assembled some of the finest names over a period of time, gradually extending his cellar as the collection grew. What struck us when we discovered this collection was the condition of the bottles. They had all been removed from their cases and meticulously wrapped in tissue paper. The labels and bottles were therefore in exceptionally good condition, for the most part, when we received them.

But what about the wine? The bottles have aged patiently in a calm, silent cellar perfectly suited for storing wine, without ever being moved. No effort has been spared to ensure optimal storage conditions – from gravel on the ground to stringently controlled hygrometry and temperature. The Burgundies were bought direct from estates and the Bordeaux purchased as new season wines. In other words, their provenance is exceptional

Now let’s get to the point! In this cellar you will find a number of gems from Burgundy. In the sale, the finest names in Burgundy rub shoulders with our enthusiast’s more personal preferences. If you enjoy a fine white from the Côte de Beaune, then you will find some very affordable old vintages such as a lot of three bottles of Meursault 1976 from the Jacques Géricot Gauthier domaine with an estimate of €80 or a lot of three bottles of Puligny-Montrachet 1980 estimated at €180. There are also some extraordinary lots, notably 12 bottles of Montrachet 1979 from the Ramonet domaine.

Côte de Nuits enthusiasts are also catered for. Why not treat yourself to a Corton Clos du Roi 1982 from the Comte de Senard domaine estimated at €55? Or a Clos-de-Vougeot 1978 from the Château de la Tour with an estimate of €150? If one bottle is not enough, there are lots of 12 bottles of the same grand cru for sale, notably Chambertin Clos de Bèze 1985 from Pierre Damoy, Grands-Échézeaux 1978 from the rare Noellat domaine, Musigny 1982 from the legendary Comte George de Vogüé domaine, or the ultra-rare Domaine Clair Daü 1976. Lastly, because no self-respecting collection of Burgundies could fail to reference the Romanée-Conti domaine, there are four bottles of La-Tâche grand cru 1974 in this collector’s cellar. This sale also reflects a great era when you could still buy the finest wines in generous quantities!

The choice of Bordeaux wines is just as wide and they come in all three colours. There are some very special buying opportunities available! They include a bottle of Château Carbonnieux 1978 for €30, a lot of 6 bottles of Grand-Puy Lacoste 1976 with an estimate of just €180 and even a lot of 12 bottles of Château La Lagune 1985 with an estimate of €600! You will of course find premier cru classé wines from the Left Bank (Latour, Margaux, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, and notably an Haut Brion 1926 vintage), which the collector classified meticulously on racks labelled by sub-region (Médoc, Graves, etc.). The Médocs include the quintessential Ducru Beaucaillou, Léoville Barton, Léoville Las Cases, Lynch Bages, Cos d’Estournel, Montrose, Palmer, and Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, and there is La Mission Haut-Brion from Graves. From the Right Bank, you will find Cheval Blanc, Ausone and Pavie, not to mention some truly great wines from Pomerol: Petrus, Lafleur Petrus and l’Evangile.

But that’s not all: this non-exhaustive list of the finest Bordeaux wines also features legendary vintages such as 82, 89 and 90 in lots of up to 12 bottles! iDealwine is selling no fewer than 63 such lots today including l’Evangile 1982, Lafite-Rothschild 1982 and Château Margaux 1989, no less. Here too it is almost unprecedented to find 12 bottles of such legendary vintages. The rarest lot, and the highlight of the Bordeaux sale, is made up of 12 bottles of Petrus 1982.

Sauternes lovers are in luck: Yquem, Suduiraut, Rieussec, and Sigalas Rabaud châteaux bottles feature among the wide array of wines collected by our enthusiast. D’Yquem aficionados are doubly lucky as dry white Y d’Yquem from the Château is for sale in 1968 and 1978 vintages.

Lastly, you will find bottles from Alsace, accompanied by a few quality champagnes: 1975 vintages from the Veuve Cliquot and Laurent Perrier champagne houses, and even a superb 1979 cuvée René Lalou by Mumm!

This is the perfect opportunity to start building a cellar and to buy that single bottle (or dozen ;-)) to fill the gap in your collection at long last. Happy bidding on iDealwine!


Bid closed on 20th July

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