Private Collection | What to choose from a connoisseur’s cellar?

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The source of our latest auction is a private collection from the cellar of a wine enthusiast with a particular penchant for the Rhône and Burgundy regions.

The bottles being put up for auction this time around come from the private collection of an enthusiast who has already offered some of his wine via our platform. From nine of the finest winemaking regions in France, this beautiful selection leans towards two regions in particular: the Rhône and Burgundy. Having been stored in perfect condition, some since our seller was twenty years old and just discovering the wonderful world of wine, these bottles are ready to find a new home. “I’m selling these wines because my tastes have changed over time, and I drink quite a lot of natural wine now. I realised that even in normal times, when I’d share my collection with friends and family, there’s no way I’d get through all of the marvels I’ve accumulated. It’s best that others can enjoy them!

Beloved Burgundy, our collector’s favourite

Lots from Burgundy are numerous in this auction, with Domaine Bizot taking centre stage. Having burst onto the 2020 scene as one of the year’s biggest names, Bizot is undoubtedly one of the region’s most desirable estates right now. The Echézeaux grand cru, a pure and complex wine with a wonderful ease on the palate, is available in the majestic vintages of 2000, 2009, and 2010. The ‘Villages’ and Bourgogne cuvées from the domain are also more than worthy of your attention, so take the opportunity to try out the latest of the region’s trends. In terms of established names, Coche-Dury in Meursault is an outstanding one. There are eight lots for sale from this domain, including a 1995 and 2001 Corton-Charlemagne. Some other excellent cuvées to pick out from the bunch are: a 2005 La Romanée grand cru from Comte Liger-Belair, Domaine Leroy’s 2001 Latricières-Chambertin, and a 1998 Vosne-Romanée Les Cros Parantoux from Emmanuel Rouget.

References from the Rhône

If you’re on the hunt for a real rarity, you’ll likely be interested in Jean-Louis Chave’s Ermitage Cathelin cuvée, here in its 2000 vintage. Made to be aged at length, this cuvée is no longer crafted by the domain. Other classic Rhône names include Jamet, Michel and Stéphane Ogier, and Domaine Henri Bonneau & Fils. The 1999 Réserve des Célestins by this latter domain is a Châteauneuf-du-Pape with almost infinite aging potential. The 1998 Château Rayas is a must-have! And if you prefer a white, there are Hermitage cuvées by Chave in their 1997 and 2013 vintages, an unctuous wine balanced out by a beautiful freshness. Alternatively, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine de Marcoux has a silky profile that carries beautiful notes of fennel and fleshy fruit.

Highlights from other regions

From Alsace, there are three lots from Domaine Trimbach, an estate that has invested immense effort into building its reputation within France and beyond. Its most coveted cuvée, Clos Sainte-Hune, is made entirely from Riesling, and is here available in its 1997 vintage. The choice from the Loire Valley involves whites, reds, and sweet wines! Clos Rougeard, Charles Joguet, and Dageneau are all to be spotted, and if we have to pick one Loire bottle to recommend, it’s the 1995 Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg from Clos Rougeard, the domain’s sunniest and most concentrated cuvée. And for the traditionalists among you, the Bordeaux selection includes a 1970 magnum of Château Latour, a bottle of 1982 Château Cheval Blanc, as well as lots of 1990 Château Montrose.

With cuvées from Champagne, Beaujolais, Provence, and the Languedoc to add to this rich and varied list, we’ll leave you to do some exploring! The catalogues can be accessed below…happy bidding!

See the full collection here 

31/03/2021 – 14H00 : CP – Autres Vins France 1970-2009
31/03/2021 – 14H30 : CP – Rhône 1988-2013
31/03/2021 – 15H00 : CP – Burgundy 1994-2005
31/03/2021 – 15H30 : CP – Burgundy 2006-2013

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