Private collection | Burgundy at its best

From the 18th of June to the 1st of July, iDealwine opens the cellar door to a unique private collection. The quintessence of Burgundy’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir crus, among other fine bottles, is ready to be enjoyed in the form of these remarkable wines, some of the best the region has to offer.

Wine to share, passion to spare

572 bottles make up the selection that our private seller has decided to part with, and not without some hesitation. Each of these rare wines carries with it a certain richness, a memory, a reflection of times gone by. Sharing coming front and centre in this lifelong project, our seller has always shared their love for fine crus with their spouse, both of them enjoying the exciting world of food and entertaining.

A spirit of adventure led them to take extensive trips around the winemaking regions of France, and nothing escaped their interest since ‘it’s in the simplest and most humble of areas that you best recognise those who make fine wine’. Forty visits later and they had managed to build quite a collection, alongside strong links and even friendships with the vintners whose produce they loved. In all, they’ve discovered around 18,000 different cuvées, many of which have been shared generously and uncorked with carefully made dishes. Thanks to this shared passion, there is a vinous thread of warming memories interwoven throughout the tapestry of their life together.

Which wines are up for auction?

Estimated to be worth over €270,000, this private collection of 309 lots contains cuvées from classic regions, in both bottle and magnum format, and in vintages ranging from 1976 to 2017.

Burgundy highlights include Meursault from Pierre Morey, Coche-Dury and Jean-Marc Roulot; Chambolle-Musigny including the Premier Cru Les Amoureuses by Georges Roumier; Beaunes, Volnays and Pommards by Michel Lafarge; Richebourg from Méo-Camuzet, Grands-Echézeaux from Georges Noëllat, Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin from Lavaux Saint-Jacques and Clos-Vougeot from Denis Mortet. There is Chambertin, including the iconic Clos de Bèze by Armand Rousseau; and a case of six Premier Cru climats from Domaine des Comtes Lafon.

The Bordeaux part of the collection is quite simply full of first growths, such as 2000 Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Mouton-Rothschild. From the Rhône Valley, some of the most prized bottles include a 1990 La Mouline and a 1990 La Turque from Guigal in the famous Côte Rôtie, both wines the consignor remembers with particular fondness. There is also a 1978 Château Rayas and 1985 and 1998 Hermitage La Chapelle from Jaboulet.

“iDeal” storage conditions

Sourced almost entirely directly from a personal network of over 40 winemakers and some merchants over a 45-year period, the more mature part of the collection was kept in storage until 1980, when it was moved to a cellar in central Paris, which was at a constant temperature of 14°C.  Finally, in January 2020, the wine bottles were transferred to professional storage facilities, deep underground and with a temperature of 10°C. With a penchant for wine labels but 85% humidity in the cellar, the consignor has protected most bottles by wrapping them in film.

As you can see, this is an opportunity to welcome some real gems into your cellar, and this straight from the hands of a real enthusiast who wishes to spread the enjoyment of their extensive and rare collection.

Explore the online auction here and consult the full catalogues below

01/07/2021 – 12H00 : CP – Autres Régions 1978-2005
01/07/2021 – 12H30 : CP – Côtes from Beaune 1976-2017 – White
01/07/2021 – 13H00 : CP – Côtes from Beaune 1983-2011 – Red
01/07/2021 – 13H30 : CP – Côtes from Nuits 1978-2004 – Red
01/07/2021 – 14H00 : CP – Côtes from Nuits 2005-2016 – Red