Successful auctions: Mouton Rothschild, Leroy, Rayas, Joguet…


The end of the year is within our sights, and with it a profusion of big sales. The catalogues are filling up with rare bottles, for sale on our classic sales or in the context of private collections (sales exclusively dedicated to collectors’ cellars). Faced with the ever-growing selection of wines on our site, wine enthusiasts seem positively insatiable. The October auctions flourished in every region.

In Bordeaux, Château Mouton Rothschild – in the 2000 vintage – is one of the flagship wines of our auctions: a bottle sold for €1763 and a magnum for €3506 (+7%). At the same time, the price of Petrus seems to be plateauing, with the exception of the mythical – and now collectable – 1982 vintage. Second wines have seen their prices rise (2008 Carruades de Lafite: €237, +64%, 1990 Pavillon Rouge from Château Margaux: €137, +20%).

In Burgundy, the wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti are constantly rising in value, especially the Grand Cru La Tâche (€8147 for a magnum in the 2007 vintage, +76%), but also the rare Montrachet (€13,619 for a magnum of the 2008 vintage, +49%).

Another star of the Côte de Nuits, Domaine Leroy, has seen its Musigny rise in value, at €11,674 (+17%). Large format bottles – which are a rarity in this region – have had great success: a jeroboam of 2008 Clos-de-Tart sold for €1,520 (+31%).

The usual powerhouses of the Rhone are steadily increasing, with Château Rayas at the top (1990: €1,763, +61%, 1989: €1,216, +28%). Here too, large format bottles are proving successful: a magnum of the cuvée Les Célestins from Domaine Henri Bonneau in Châteauneuf du Pape reached €1,313 for the 2010 vintage (+48%), and in the same appellation a jeroboam of 2007 Clos des Papes sold for €523 (+11%).

In the Loire, the success of the cuvée Franc de Pied from Domaine Charles Joguet is worth noting: this Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos, in the 1990 vintage, went for €316 (+141%). Concerning natural wines, the cuvée Les Nourrissons from domain Bernaudeau is soaring in price: the 2015 was won for €182 (+49%) whilst the 2012 reached €170 (+135%). While on the subject of natural wines, let’s not forget that the vin jaune from Domaine Overnoy continues to set records: a wine enthusiast from Hong Kong parted with €1,763 (+7%) for a bottle of this nectar in the 1990 vintage.

In Champagne, the cuvée Vieilles Vignes Françaises from Bollinger crossed the €1,000 threshold for the 1985 vintage (€1,094). The cuvée R.D. was sold for €535 in the 1976 vintage (+35%). Selosse also enjoyed good results for its Extra-Brut champagnes (2002: €523, Avize Les Chantereines: €438, +18%, Chemin de Chalons: €413). In terms of our auctions’ rare cuvées, the 1979 Réserve Charlie from the Charles Heidsieck champagne house (€486, +72%) and the well-known 1985 Winston Churchill from Pol Roger (€389, +28%).

Overseas, the excellent dry Riesling produced by the Keller family had great success in our auctions. In the 2009 vintage, the cuvée G-Max was bought by a Dutch oenophile for a total of €2,128. Spanish wines also attracted bidders; great names of Ribera del Duero saw their prices soar: Pingus 2006: €754 (+39%), 2001 €608 (+41%), Vega Sicilia Unico 1970: €669 (+37%).

Finally, demand for our selection of prestigious spirits is continuously growing. The 30-year-old Japanese whisky Karuizawa 1985-2015 (Sherry Cask 1985), was bought by a Korean enthusiast for €3,891.

One thing is certain: iDealwine auctions show no sign of slowing down, especially now that they attract bidders from the world over (almost 60 countries). The end-of-year auctions will likely confirm the popularity of rare fine wines, natural wines, the great names from abroad and spirits. One to watch!

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