The prestige and excellence of Bordeaux will long continue to fascinate oenophiles and novices alike. Grands Crus Classés, enchanting Châteaux, the nectar that is Sauternes, wines which can age… forever. The rich variety that Bordeaux has to offer is quite simply the stuff of dreams. And it’s all at your fingertips, thanks to iDealwine’s latest private collection.
An aficionado of wines for aging
This collector began his wine cellar in 1995, having discovered the world of wine, the different winemaking regions of France, and above all, Bordeaux. Always following his instinct, his collection gives top billing to his favourite wines and vintages for aging. His favourite regions? “Bordeaux and Provence, with their powerful, structured wines which evolve into incredible wines over time… Reds from Bandol can be excellent even after 25 years of aging!” He hasn’t neglected the Rhone and Burgundy either, and these regions are beginning to take a predominant place in his collection. Let’s take a look at his cellar. His cellars, rather! As a matter of fact, this wine lover has a cellar in a country house and another temperature-controlled cellar in his Paris apartment. “Leaders in the field, serious and professional” are the words he used to describe iDealwine, and his advice for others wishing to sell their wines: “If you cannot drink everything that you have in your cellar, sell some bottles so that you can discover new things, or new regions!
Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Bordeaux. Who could ever tire of this prestigious region, especially when you look at this cellar, which represents the quintessence of Bordeaux. Yet again, Petrus is at the top, with other stars following closely behing.
A profusion of Crus Classés
1855 Grands Crus Classés (Châteaux Léoville Las Cases, Lynch-Bages, Pontet-Canet), Crus Classés from Graves and Sauternes (Château d’Yquem), Grands Crus classés from Saint-Emilion (Châteaux Figeac, La Conseillante, Angélus, Ausone)… these eminent wines are at your fingertips.
The choice of vintage
The seller told us that for him, the vintage is of great importance. Are you looking for old wines to relive times gone by? Château Margaux 1961 is waiting arms outstretched. Are you a devotee of the vintages of the century? 1989, with Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild and Latour, and 2005 with La Mission Haut-Brion, 2009 or even 2010 promise to make for a magnificent tasting. While the 2012 Château Trotanoy and 2015 Léoville Poyferré are drinking very well now, why not lay them down in YOUR cellar for a little while?
Which format to choose?
Bottles, magnums, double magnums… once again the choice is enormous. The advantage of large bottles? They need time to smooth out, meaning that you can forget about them in your cellar before bringing them out to mark a special occasion.
Are you looking for a little diversity?
An unexpected name has slid into this sale, will you be the one to unearth it? Guigal’s two Côtes Rôties, La Landonne and La Turque, won’t be passing unnoticed, that’s for sure! Good luck in that bidding war 😉