From the 2nd to the 13th of July, we have a private collection up for auction that is positively brimming with bottles from the finest of France’s wine regions. This selection is rich in icons from Bordeaux, the Rhône, Burgundy, Champagne and, of course, Provence, the home county of our private seller.
Crème de la crème
141 lots are up for auction. A collection of the utmost rarity that neatly sums up France’s best viticulture. Classics bottles, magnums, jeroboams and even methuselahs, in vintages ranging from 1986 to 2017, are all awaiting your all-important bids. Bordeaux’s left bank is represented by the greats: Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Margaux, and Latour, as well as Haut-Brion for Pessac-Léognan, Petrus for Pomerol, and Cheval Blanc for Saint-Emilion. A case of vintage bottles from Salon is undoubtedly the Champagne highlight. Trévallon, a star of Provence, is featured in several vintages, and the Rhône Valley shines thanks to these Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvées from Beaucastel and Vieux Télégraphe. The Burgundy selection is smaller but by no means any less prestigious, including all-time superstar Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (La Tâche, Richebourg, Echézeaux, Romanée-Saint-Vivant), alongside Armand Rousseau (Chambertin Clos de Bèze) and Coche-Dury (Corton Charlemagne, Meursault).
How to build a collection
An enthusiast for thirty years now, our seller began to put together their collection in 1989. As a drinks distributor, they bought up the contents of a restaurant cellar, hence the presence of some beautiful Bordeaux bottles such as from Château Branaire-Ducru and Château Talbot.
With the passing of time, which also involved moving to the Drôme region, our seller perfected their knowledge and refined their tastes, going from simple enthusiast to veritable wine buff. Getting to meet great vintners like Jean-Louis Chave, the Perrin family, Michel Chapoutier, and Etienne Guigal, helped to make the collection even more sophisticated. Whilst our seller admits to certain ‘gaps’ in their Burgundian collection, the bar is still set high, with classic names either bought from other cellars or at auction. As well as being a seasoned enthusiast, the owner of the cellar has their own wine estate in southern France where they use biodynamic principles to carry out their own wine experiments.
Despite having been moved around a bit, you’ll find these bottles in perfect condition, as they’ve always been carefully stocked. The wines have been kept in various warehouses where the temperature and humidity were just right.
See the full collection online here and explore the catalogues below
13/07/2021 – 12H00 : CP – Rhône Champagne 1986-2016
13/07/2021 – 12H30 : CP – Provence 1986-2016
13/07/2021 – 13H00 : CP – Bordeaux 1986-2016 – Red
13/07/2021 – 13H30 : CP – Burgundy 1986-2014 – White
13/07/2021 – 14H00 : CP – Burgundy 1989-2004 – Red
13/07/2021 – 14H30 : CP – Burgundy 2005-2016 – Red