Provence-Corsica | Highest-priced bottles of 2019 so far

Provence rankings

Join us as our analysis of the semester’s auction results takes us to the Mediterranean. We look at the Provençal and Corsican bottles that have most made their mark on our auctions in the first six months of 2019. Red wines for cellaring, prestigious appellations and attentive methods of cultivation in the spotlight.

Provence

# Highest-priced bottles Price (inc. VAT) per bottle)
1 1 bottle of Palette Château Simone 1985 € 158
2 1 magnum of Bandol La Tourtine Domaine Tempier 1983 € 146
3 1 double-magnum of Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Trévallon 2011 € 91
4 1 magnum of Bandol Château Pradeaux 1999 € 73
5 1 double-magnum of Bandol Château de Pibarnon 2000 € 61

 

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General trend

The rankings for Provence show a bottle of 1985 white Château Simone in pole position at €158 and in 20th position a 2015 Bandol from Domaine de Terrebrune at €25. This reflects an interest in the region’s wine that is slowly but surely on the rise.

As was the case last year, three white wines stand out. The 1985 vintage from Château Simone (€158, +13%) whose white wines are renowned and is now at the top of the ranking (last year it was in 6th position). Following that, the 2008 Vino di Gio from Clos Saint-Vincent (€49). A rare cuvée produced in the micro-appellation that is Bellet. Finally the Abbaye de Lérins’ Chardonnay Grande Cuvée 2004 (€45, +48%), a cuvée that is no longer produced.

Mature provençal vintages

One of the stand-out observations of the first semester is the interest in the excellent aging potential of this region’s wines. This also explains the search for powerful red wines from the appellations of Bandol and Baux-de-Provence. The ranking thus includes vintages ranging from 1983 (Bandol La Tourtine from Domaine Tempier: €146, +71%) to 2015 (Bandol du Domaine de Terrebrune: €25).

An evolving leaderboard

There’s much more to wine than bottles: we’re talking magnums. A magnum of Bandol Collection 2012 from Château Sainte-Anne sold for €62 and a double magnum of 2000 Château de Pibarnon for €243 (+11%). This year has also seen new figures emerging, such as Clos Saint-Vincent (in eighth position), l’Abbaye de Lérins (9th) and La Bastide Blanche (14th).

An appetite for respectful viticulture

Given its proximity to the coast and its warm, dry climate, Provence is propitious to healthy viticulture. Many of the domains in our rankings are therefore biodynamic (Domaine Hauvette, Clos Saint-Vincent), organic (La Bégude) and natural (Henri Milan).

TOP 20 – Provence

# Highest-priced bottle  Price (inc. VAT) per 75cl bottle Buying country Buyer profile
1 1 bottle of Palette Château Simone Famille Rougier 1985              158 € France Trade
2 1 magnum of Bandol Domaine Tempier La Tourtine Famille Peyraud 1983              146 € Holland Trade
3 1 double-magnum of Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Trévallon  Eloi Dürrbach 2011                 91 € France Private
4 1 magnum of Bandol Château Pradeaux Famille Portalis 1999                 73 € France Private
5 1 double-magnum of Bandol Château de Pibarnon Comte de Saint-Victor 2000                 61 € France Private
6 2 bottles of Bellet Château de Crémat 1996                 56 € Hong Kong Private
7 1 bottle of Baux de Provence Hauvette  Cornaline 2011                 55 € France Private
8 2 bottles of Bellet Clos Saint-Vincent Vino di Gio Famille Sicardi-Sergi 2008                 49 € France Trade
9 1 bottle of IGP Méditerranée Abbaye de Lérins Vin de Pays Lérina SARL Chardonnay Grande Cuvée 2004                 45 € United Kingdom Private
10 1 bottle of Bandol La Bégude La Brûlade Famille Tari 2004                 44 € France Private
11 2 bottles of Bandol Lafran Veyrol 1998                 41 € Hong Kong Private
12 1 bottle of Bandol Domaine Du Gros Nore  2000                 34 € Germany Private
13 1 bottle of Bandol Tardieu-Laurent 2007                 33 € France Private
14 2 bottles of Bandol La Bastide Blanche Cuvée Fontanéou Famille Bronzo 2007                 31 € France Private
15 1 Magnum Bandol Collection Saint Anne 2012                 31 € France Private
16 3 bottles of Bandol Château Vannières 2009                 28 € Romanue Private
17 1 bottle of Côtes de Provence Château Roubine 2000                 28 € France Private
18 3 magnums of Baux de Provence Clos Milan Henri Milan 2009 ,                 28 € France Private
19 1 bottle of Côtes de Provence Cuvée Confidentielle Domaine Saint André de Figuières 2009                 26 € France Private
20 3 bottles of Bandol Domaine de Terrebrune  2015                 25 € France Private

 

Corsica

# Highest-priced bottles  Price (inc. VAT) per 75cl bottle
1 1 magnum of  Patrimonio Petra Bianca Yves Leccia  2003                 56 €
2 3 bottles of  Patrimonio Antoine Arena Carco 2011 ,                 49 €
3 1 bottle of  Vin de Corse Gentile Muscat Authentica —-                 43 €
4 3 bottles of  Ajaccio Granit Vaccelli 2015                 39 €
5 1 bottle of  Figari Clos Canarelli 2012                 38 €

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This ranking also shows the prices of Corsican wines rising, again, slowly but surely. Just like in Provence, red wines are the most coveted, with only two white wines in the top 20: Muscat du Cap Corse Authentica from Domaine Gentile (€43, +77%) and the Ajaccio Cuvée Prestige 2015 from Clos d’Alzeto (€18). Given the relatively recent interest in Corsica wines, few mature vintages made it into the ranking.

The small region’s greats feature heavily, such as Antoine Arena (Patrimonio Carco 2011: €49, + 40%) and Clos Canarelli (Figari 2012: €38, +24%) and the less known U Stiliccionu (Ajaccio 2010: €35, 40%). Moreover, we can see a trend emerging of interest in wines for which producers have left the appellation system, whether they are Corsican wines (Muscat du Cap Corse 2009 from Domaine Leccia: €26, +40%/Oriu 2016 from Domaine Torraccia: €24) and Vins de France (Faustine Vieilles Vignes 2016 from Comte Abbatucci: €28).

The Mediterranean climate also make organic viticulture more easily achievable: 50% of the ranking is organic (including domains Torraccia and Leccia), 40% biodynamic (for instance Clos Canarelli and Antoine Arena) and U Stiliccionu is a natural winemaker.

TOP 10 – Corsica

# Highest-priced bottles  Price (inc. VAT) per 75cl bottle Buying country Buyer profile
1 1 magnum of  Patrimonio Petra Bianca Yves Leccia  2003                 56 € France Private
2 3 bottles of  Patrimonio Antoine Arena Carco 2011 ,                 49 € France Private
3 1 bottle of  Vin de Corse Gentile Muscat Authentica —-                 43 € France Private
4 3 bottles of  Ajaccio Granit Vaccelli 2015                 39 € France Private
5 1 bottle of  Figari Clos Canarelli 2012                 38 € France Private
6 1 bottle of  Ajaccio Domaine U Stilicionnu Damianu 2010                 35 € France Private
7 1 bottle of  Ajaccio Cuvée Cardinal Comte Peraldi 2012                 32 € France Private
8 1 bottle of  Vin de France Faustine Vieilles Vignes Comte Abbatucci  2016                 28 € France Private
9 1 bottle of  Vin de Corse Muscat du Cap Corse Domaine Leccia 2009                 26 € France Private
10 2 bottles of  Vin de Corse Domaine Torraccia Oriu 2006                 24 € France Private

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