The 50 most expensive lots and wines sold at auction – 1st half-year 2017

auction-first-half-yearThe French public auction regulation authority, the CVV (Conseil des ventes volontaires), has recently ranked iDealwine first French auction house. It is now time for us to reveal the 50 most expensive lots and bottles sold at auction. Brief description of this (very) positive report.

Since 1st January, 14 auctions took place on iDealwine platform, with more than 56,000 bottles sold. During these six months, not only have Bordeaux and Burgundy concentrated the largest volume of auctions (68% of the lots sold), but they both literally won the highest bids, with Bordeaux in pole position (58%).

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is unsurprisingly at the top of this list with a 6-bottle lot of 2012 (a bottle of Romance-Conti, two La-Tâche, a Richebourg, an Echézeaux, a Romanée-Saint-Vivant) bought by a French amateur for €19,320. In all, a dozen of lots from the same domain, vintages going from 1980 to 2004, lead the auctions with amazing bids, thanks particularly, to the recent sale of a private collection of a young amateur from Luxembourg. The wines from Leroy, Henri Jayer and Armand Rousseau also have their fair share in this ranking and are the main features of Burgundy.

While single bottles attract bidders for Burgundy wines, several wine cases gathered Bordeaux amateurs’ interest. Unsurprisingly, the Grands Crus Classés, mainly from Bordeaux left bank, are omnipresent with a remarkable success for the Mouton, Petrus and Lafite, all three in the top 5 most expensive lots. For instance, Mouton is second of the global ranking with the sale of a twelve-bottle case auctioned at €17,640 in vintage 2000 (+11% compared to starting bid).

Concerning the most expensive auctions of single bottles, the ranking is a little more eclectic: besides Bordeaux and Burgundy, Rhone and Champagne are also part of it.

Burgundy stands out in the first half of 2017 with 14 bottles in the top 50, the first twelve of which are from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Vintages 1990, 1996 and 1999 also triggered true auction battles, illustrated by their respective prices: €15,240 (+ 41% compared to starting bid), €14,880 (+24%) and €1,288 (+42%). Although, the biggest price variation between starting bid and final auction is a two-bottle lot of Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1971 from Georges Roumier with +132% (starting bid: €3,360, auction: €7,800).

As mentioned earlier, other regions are emerging. The 1959 cuvée from Salon auctioned at €3,480 puts Champagne in the spotlight and the Rhône valley is represented by Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cathelin 1998. The latter went under the hammer for €3,000. Like last year, a spirit stands out. This time, it was not a whisky, but a Cognac: a magnum of Delamain Grande Champagne 1893.

These rankings show once again how international our sales are, with auctions from all over the world: Hong Kong, Europe, and the USA.  You all wanted to take part in these auctions to own one of these treasures. The next few months will tell us if other trends emerge, changing this ranking. For now, you can count on us to find dream bottles for you to bid!

 

The 50 most expensive lots sold at auction during 2017 first semester

Ranking Nb of bottles Format Wine Vintage Hammer price Buyer Country
1 6 Bottle DRC 2012: 1x Romanée Conti, 2x La Tâche, 1x Richebourg, 1x Echézeaux, 1x Romanée St Vivant 2012 €19,320 Trade FRANCE
2 12 Bottle Mouton Rothschild 2000 €17,640 Trade UNITED KINGDOM
3 12 Half-Bottle Petrus 1989 €15,840 Private Ind. HONG KONG
4 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1990 €15,240 Private Ind. HONG KONG
5 12 Bottle Lafite Rothschild 2000 €15,240 Trade UNITED KINGDOM
6 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1999 €14,880 Private Ind. MONACO
7 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1996 €12,840 Trade FRANCE
8 3 Bottle Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine Armand Rousseau 1971 €12,240 Private Ind. USA
9 6 Bottle DRC 2009 : 1x Montrachet, 1x La Tâche, 2x Romanée St Vivant, 2x Echézeaux 2009 €11,880 Private Ind. BELGIUM
10 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1998 €11,760 Trade UNITED KINGDOM
11 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1991 €11,520 Private Ind. HONG KONG
12 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 2000 €11,520 Trade FRANCE
13 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1995 €11,520 Trade FRANCE
14 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1997 €11,160 Trade UNITED KINGDOM
15 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1992 €11,160 Trade FRANCE
16 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 2004 €9,960 Private Ind. HONG KONG
17 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1994 €9,720 Trade UNITED KINGDOM
18 9 Bottle Duclot 2009 : 1x Petrus, 1x Cheval Blanc, 1x Mission Haut-Brion, 1x Haut-Brion, 1x Margaux, 1x Lafite, 1x Latour, 1x Yquem, 1x Mouton 2009 €9,720 Private Ind. FRANCE
19 6 Bottle Petrus 2004 €9,480 Trade FRANCE
20 6 Bottle Petrus 2006 €9,480 Trade FRANCE
21 6 Bottle Petrus 2007 €9,240 Trade FRANCE
22 3 Bottle Petrus 1990 €9,000 Private Ind. FRANCE
23 12 Bottle Prestige : 2x Lafite, 2x Latour, 2x Mouton, 2x Margaux, 2x Cheval Blanc, 2x Petrus 2004 €8,400 Private Ind. FRANCE
24 12 Bottle Prestige : 2x Margaux, 2x Mouton, 2x Latour, 2x Lafite, 2x Petrus, 2x Cheval Blanc 1999 €7,920 Private Ind. FRANCE
25 2 Bottle Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru Domaine Georges Roumier 1971 €7,800 Trade UNITED KINGDOM
26 12 Bottle Prestige : 2x Lafite, 2x Latour, 2x Mouton, 2x Margaux, 2x Haut-Brion, 2x Petrus 2001 €7,680 Private Ind. BELGIUM
27 12 Bottle Haut-Brion 1982 €7,632 Trade FRANCE
28 6 Bottle Duclot 2009: 2x Haut-Brion, 2x Petrus, 2x Mouton 2009 €7,560 Private Ind. FRANCE
29 12 Bottle Mouton 2010 €7,248 Private Ind. FRANCE
30 12 Bottle Lafite 1999 €7,200 Trade FRANCE
31 9 Bottle Duclot 2005 : 1x Petrus, 1x Margaux, 1x Mouton, 1x Latour, 1x Cheval Blanc, 1x Lafite, 1x Yquem, 1x Mission Haut-Brion, 1x Haut-Brion 2005 €7,020 Private Ind. BELGIUM
32 9 Bottle Duclot 1998 : 1x Petrus, 1x Ausone, 1x Lafite, 1x Haut-Brion, 1x Cheval Blanc, 1x Latour, 1x Mouton, 1x Margaux, 1x Mission Haut-Brion 1998 €6,600 Private Ind. FRANCE
33 3 Magnum Latour 2010 €6,480 Private Ind. FRANCE
34 3 Bottle Petrus 1995 €6,120 Private Ind. FRANCE
35 6 Bottle Latour 2009 €6,120 Private Ind. FRANCE
36 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1980 €6,000 Private Ind. HONG KONG
37 2 Bottle Petrus 2010 €5,880 Private Ind. BELGIUM
38 12 Bottle Lafite Rothschild 2012 €5,880 Private Ind. BELGIUM
39 1 Bottle Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru

Cros Parantoux

Domaine Henri Jayer

1995 €5,640 Trade FRANCE
40 3 Bottle Petrus 2001 €5,520 Trade FRANCE
41 4 Bottle Latour 1982 €5,520 Private Ind. HONG KONG
42 2 Bottle Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru Domaine Leroy 1999 €5,400 Trade FRANCE
43 3 Bottle Petrus 2008 €5,340 Private Ind. HONG KONG
44 2 Bottle Richebourg Grand Cru Domaine Leroy 1999 €5,160 Trade FRANCE
45 2 Bottle Richebourg Grand Cru Domaine Leroy 2002 €5,160 Private Ind. UNITED KINGDOM
46 2 Bottle Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru Domaine Leroy 2002 €5,160 Private Ind. UNITED KINGDOM
47 12 Bottle Angélus 2005 €5,112 Private Ind. BELGIUM
48 12 Bottle Margaux 1995 €5,112 Trade FRANCE
49 9 Bottle Duclot 1997 : 1x Latour, 1x Lafite, 1x Haut-Brion, 1x Margaux, 1x Mouton 1x Petrus, 1x Cheval Blanc, 1x Ausone, 1x Mission Haut-Brion 1997 €5,040 Trade HONG KONG
50 6 Bottle Cheval Blanc 1990 €5,040 Trade FRANCE

 

 

The 50 most expensive bottles sold at auction during 2017 first semester

Ranking Nb of bottles Format Wine Vintage Hammer price (VAT incl.) Buyer Country
1 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1990 €15,240 Private Ind. HONG KONG
2 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1999 €14,880 Private Ind. MONACO
3 1 Half-Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1996 €12,840 Trade FRANCE
4 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1998 €11,760 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
5 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1991 €11,520 Private Ind. HONG KONG
6 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 2000 €11,520 Trade FRANCE
7 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1995 €11,520 Trade FRANCE
8 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1997 €11,160 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
9 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1992 €11,160 Trade FRANCE
10 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 2004 €9,960 Private Ind. HONG KONG
11 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1994 €9,720 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
12 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1980 €6,000 Private Ind. HONG KONG
13 1 Bottle Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux Domaine Henri Jayer 1995 €5,640 Trade FRANCE
14 1 Bottle La Tâche Grand Cru DRC 1990 €4,800 Private Ind. FRANCE
15 1 Bottle Petrus 2012 €4,800 Private Ind. ITALY
16 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1967 €4,680 Private Ind. FRANCE
17 1 Bottle Lafite Rothschild 1880 €4,680 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
18 1 Bottle La Tâche Grand Cru DRC 1999 €4,440 Trade FRANCE
19 1 Bottle Petrus 2008 €4,440 Private Ind. FRANCE
20 1 Bottle Petrus 1953 €4,200 Private Ind. SWITZERLAND
21 3 Bottle Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine Armand Rousseau 1971 €4,080 Private Ind. USA
22 1 Bottle Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux Domaine Henri Jayer 1988 €4,080 Private Ind. HONG KONG
23 1 Bottle Latour 1947 €4,080 Trade FRANCE
24 1 Bottle Petrus 1947 €3,910 Private Ind. USA
25 2 Bottle Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru Domaine Georges Roumier 1971 €3,900 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
26 1 Bottle Richebourg Grand Cru DRC 1988 €3,840 Private Ind. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
27 2 Bottle Haut-Brion 2009 €3,780 Private Ind. FRANCE
28 2 Bottle Petrus 2009 €3,780 Private Ind. FRANCE
29 2 Bottle Mouton-Rothschild 2009 €3,780 Private Ind. FRANCE
30 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Domaine Georges Roumier 1991 €3,720 Trade FRANCE
31 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru DRC 1999 €3,720 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
32 1 Bottle Richebourg Grand Cru DRC 1990 €3,624 Private Ind. FRANCE
33 1 Magnum(s) Montrachet Grand Cru DRC 1993 €3,600 Private Ind. HONG KONG
34 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru DRC 1976 €3,542 Private Ind. UNITED-KINGDOM
35 1 Bottle Petrus 2000 €3,480 Private Ind. FRANCE
36 1 Bottle Salon Cuvée S 1959 €3,480 Private Ind. FRANCE
37 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru DRC 1991 €3,480 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
38 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru DRC 2000 €3,480 Private Ind. UNITED-KINGDOM
39 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru DRC 1998 €3,360 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
40 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru DRC 1994 €3,300 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
41 1 Bottle Petrus 1989 €3,240 Private Ind. HONG KONG
42 1 Bottle Petrus 1990 €3,240 Private Ind. FRANCE
43 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru DRC 1991 €3,180 Trade UNITED-KINGDOM
44 1 Bottle Mouton-Rothschild 2000 €3,120 Private Ind. FRANCE
45 1 Bottle Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes Domaine Ponsot 1980 €3,120 Trade LUXEMBOURG
46 1 Bottle La Romanée Grand Cru Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair 2010 €3,000 Private Ind. FRANCE
47 1 Bottle Hermitage Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin Jean-Louis Chave 1998 €3,000 Private Ind. FRANCE
48 1 Bottle Cognac Delamain 1893 €2,962 Trade NETHERLANDS
49 2 Bottle Petrus 2010 €2,940 Private Ind. BELGIUM
50 1 Bottle Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine d’Auvernay 1999 €2,940 Private Ind. FRANCE

 

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