Rhône ranking | First-half review 2020

Let’s continue our summer ranking of the top-performing bottles from the first half of 2020. This time we’re looking at the Rhône valley, a region where mature vintages tend to take centre stage. As you’ll see, though, there are also some bottles from the new wave making an appearance, especially from natural domains.

The northern Rhône takes a good lead with 13 out of the 20 top bottles, including Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Joseph cuvées. From the south, it’s the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation that comes out on top, taking up 7 places and affirming its status as the sub-region’s flagship.

Classics still highly-coveted in their mature vintages

There’s no surprise here when it comes to the highest-priced lot and bottle: Jean-Louis Chave’s Cathelin cuvée in its 1990 vintage. Then there’s Jamet’s Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune, produced in 1991, an excellent year for the northern Rhône. After Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côte-Rôtie cuvées are actually the most represented bottles, appearing six times in the ranking. We find the 1983 Côte Brune by Marius Gentaz-Dervieux, Guigal’s 1985 La Mouline, as well as a 1991 La Viaillere by Dervieux Thaize.

As for the southern Rhône, we have some of the region’s most well-known wines: the legendary Château Rayas, whose 1990 vintage went for €1,474 a bottle, a value that is reaching a plateau, though this still at stratospheric prices. Note that in just 10 years, this price has tripled! Just behind we find the Réserve des Célestins cuvée by Henri Bonneau, which sold for €1,412 in its 1990 vintage. It is thus continuing its upward trajectory, hot on the heels of Rayas. Then comes Château de Beaucastel’s 1989 Hommage à Jacques Perrin (€1,044). There is then quite a large gap before we get to some bottles that appear due to their large format: there is a jeroboam of 2007 Clos des Papes, and a double magnum of 2012 Clos Saint-Jean La Combe des Fous. Rounding things off are two rare cuvées: a 2005 La Plume du Peintre from La Mordorée and a 2000 Pegau Cuvée Da Capo.

High prices for long-gone domains

We’ve seen this in all regions, though it’s particularly pronounced in the Rhône and Burgundy. Bottles from prestigious domains that are no longer producing wine are ardently fought over, the cause of some exciting bidding wars. Names like Marius Gentaz-Dervieux, Raymond Trollat, Henri Bonneau, Noel Versat and Marcel Juge find themselves, therefore, in very good positions within our ranking of top bottles. And for most of them, their value has exploded in recent years.

The Rhône’s new wave

Already well-recognised, though not for quite as long as some of the classics, Domaine Gangloff has taken 16th place so far this year in our ranking of highest-priced bottles. Its 2015 Côte-Rôtie Côte Rozier went for €430. Another domain that has seen much success recently is Marc Sorrel, whose Gréal Hermitage was bought in magnum format for €467.

The only southern Rhône domain featured here that isn’t in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is none other than the star of Lirac, Domaine de l’Anglore, a famously natural producer. These wines have been in the spotlight for 4 or 5 years now.  Whilst it doesn’t reach the prices seen in other appellations, it is nevertheless 12th in our ranking of top lots, with three magnums of 2015 Vin de France Comeyre that sold for €1,007. Another natural wine of the new wave comes from Domaine Bénetière in Côte-Rôtie, whose Dolium cuvée has been attracting more and more enthusiasts over the past couple of years.

Top lots
Rank Appellation Lot description Colour Price incl VAT Price per unit
1 Hermitage 1 Bouteille Hermitage Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin Jean-Louis Chave 1990 Rouge 6 140 € 6 140 €
2 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 3 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins Henri Bonneau & Fils 1990 Rouge 3 684 € 1 228 €
3 Côte-Rôtie 1 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune Jamet 1991 Rouge 2 517 € 2 517 €
4 Côte-Rôtie 1 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune Marius Gentaz-Dervieux 1983 Rouge 2 395 € 2 395 €
5 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 3 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Rayas Reynaud 2005 Rouge 2 364 € 788 €
6 Saint-Joseph 1 Magnum Saint-Joseph Raymond Trollat 1999 Rouge 2 333 € 2 333 €
7 Côte-Rôtie 12 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie Trilogie La Turque – La Landonne – La Mouline Guigal 2008 Rouge 2 333 € 194 €
8 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 3 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin Jean-Pierre et François Perrin 2007 Rouge 1 160 € 387 €
9 Hermitage 6 Bouteille Hermitage Ermitage Le Méal Chapoutier 1999 Blanc 1 105 € 184 €
10 Cornas 2 Bouteille Cornas Marcel Juge 1982 Rouge 1 044 € 522 €
11 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 12 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes Paul Avril 2006 Rouge 1 032 € 86 €
12 Tavel (VDF) 3 Magnum Vin de France Comeyre L’Anglore 2015 Rouge 1 007 € 336 €
13 Côte-Rôtie 6 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie Lancement Michel et Stéphane Ogier 2001 Rouge 982 € 164 €
14 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 12 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Télégraphe (Domaine du) Vignobles Brunier 2000 Rouge 884 € 74 €
15 Hermitage 2 Bouteille Hermitage La Chapelle Paul Jaboulet Aîné 1990 Rouge 835 € 418 €
16 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 3 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mas de Boislauzon Cuvée du Quet Christine et Daniel Chaussy 2010 Rouge 737 € 246 €
17 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Magnum Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Pegaü Cuvée Da Capo Paul et Laurence Féraud 2000 Rouge 725 € 725 €
18 Cornas 3 Bouteille Cornas Chaillot Thierry Allemand 1998 Rouge 725 € 242 €
19 Côte-Rôtie 1 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune René Rostaing cuvée Gentaz Dervieux 2016 Rouge 675 € 675 €
20 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 3 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieille Julienne (Domaine de la) Réservé Jean-Paul Daumen 2005 Rouge 626 € 209 €

 

Top bottles

Rank Appellation Lot description Colour Price incl VAT Price per unit
1 Hermitage 1 Bouteille Hermitage Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin Jean-Louis Chave 1990 Rouge 6 140 € 6 140 €
2 Côte-Rôtie 1 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune Jamet 1991 Rouge 2 517 € 2 517 €
3 Côte-Rôtie 1 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune Marius Gentaz-Dervieux 1983 Rouge 2 395 € 2 395 €
4 Saint-Joseph 1 Magnum Saint-Joseph Raymond Trollat 1999 Rouge 2 333 € 2 333 €
5 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Rayas Reynaud 1990 Rouge 1 474 € 1 474 €
6 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins Henri Bonneau & Fils 1990 Rouge 1 412 € 1 412 €
7 Côte-Rôtie 1 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie La Mouline Guigal 1985 Rouge 1 167 € 1 167 €
8 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin Jean-Pierre et François Perrin 1989 Rouge 1 044 € 1 044 €
9 Cornas 1 Bouteille Cornas Noël Verset 1998 Rouge 614 € 614 €
10 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Jeroboam Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes Paul Avril 2007 Rouge 589 € 589 €
11 Cornas 2 Bouteille Cornas Marcel Juge 1982 Rouge 1 044 € 522 €
12 Cornas 1 Double-magnum Cornas Les Vieilles Fontaines Alain Voge (Domaine) 2012 Rouge 516 € 516 €
13 Hermitage 2 Bouteille Hermitage Ermitage Le Pavillon Chapoutier 1990 Rouge 1 007 € 503 €
14 Hermitage 1 Magnum Hermitage Le Gréal Domaine Marc Sorrel 2017 Rouge 467 € 467 €
15  Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Double-magnum Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos Saint-Jean La Combe des Fous Pascal et Vincent Maurel 2012 Rouge 461 € 461 €
16 Côte-Rôtie 1 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie Côte Rozier Gangloff (Domaine) 2015 Rouge 430 € 430 €
17 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de La Mordorée La Plume du Peintre Famille Delorme 2005 Rouge 430 € 430 €
18 Côte-Rôtie 1 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie La Viaillere Dervieux Thaize 1991 Rouge 430 € 430 €
19 Côte-Rôtie 1 Bouteille Côte-Rôtie Le Dolium Marie et Pierre Benetière (Domaine) 2006 Rouge 418 € 418 €
20 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Bouteille Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Pegaü Cuvée Da Capo Paul et Laurence Féraud 2000 Rouge 418 € 418 €

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