The highest-priced wines of 2020

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Have a look at our ranking of wines that received the highest bids in 2020. Do you know them all? Have you been lucky enough to try any? For once, the top place bottle was a bit of a surprise…

An intense and dynamic year despite the global crisis

For iDealwine and the auction market more broadly, 2020 was a rich and intense year in spite of a global context marked by the pandemic and its extensive effects on the economy. We want to thank you again for your support during this time!

40 auctions were held at iDealwine.com over the course of the year, including six private collections (sales dedicated to the exceptional cellar of one particular seller). Over 175,000 bottle went under the hammer (+4%), as part of 93,000 lots (+12%), for a total of over €23 million, which is an increase of 8%. Cyrille Jomand, iDealwine’s CEO, explains ‘The products put up for auction saw a huge success, with unprecedented rates of bottles sold per sale. The market turned out to be dynamic this year, allowing us to comfortably secure our position as a leader in online auctions. The only obstacle came from a sourcing perspective, since the lockdown and its restrictions prevented us from offering as many bottles as we’d have liked to during the spring.’

At the same time, sales of fixed price wines (those that come directly from domains), saw an even stronger acceleration of 46%. Both auction and fixed price sales combined, iDealwine’s total sales figure for 2020 amounts to €33 million, a 15% increase on 2019.

Burgundy heads up the highest-priced bottles – A Musigny from Domaine Leroy on top

Burgundy has been making steady progress over the years in our rankings of the top 50 lots and bottles, and the trend shows no sign of slowing. 36 of the highest-priced lots are from this prestigious region (compared to last year’s 29), and 39 of the highest-priced bottles, which is four more than in 2019. Indeed, the top spot in both tables has been taken by Burgundians: the highest bid we saw last year was for a 2001 Musigny from Domaine Leroy, which was sold for €17,499. The top lot was a 12-bottle 1990 assortment from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, this for €53,172. This is the first time that a bottle from Domaine Leroy has got gold at the podium, pushing Romanée-Conti from its usual spot (the only other exceptions being a 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle by Paul Jaboulet and a 50-Year-Old The Balvenie single malt scotch whisky from the Banffshire distillery). Aside from these emblematic names, Domaines Georges Roumier, Leflaive, Auvenay (also owned by Lalou Bize-Leroy) and Liger-Belair also stand out.

Bordeaux, holding on with some superb signatures

Bordeaux’s share of the top spots in our ranking has been diminishing for several years now, since many of the highest prices from this classic region don’t quite match those we see in Burgundy. Still, it takes up 8 places in the ranking of top bottles. This is likely due to our decision not to scale prices to a 750ml bottle, Bordeaux being a great producer of large formats; 7 of the bottles placed are magnums and 1 is an imperial.

Thanks to its global reputation, Bordeaux has still managed to distinguish itself by marrying high prices (especially for the Premiers crus classés) with a certain quantity: 13 of our highest-priced lots are from Bordeaux with, for example, a 6-bottle lot of 2000 Château Mouton-Rothschild which sold for €9,701.

Aside from Burgundy and Bordeaux, we find one bottle from the Rhône, a 1990 bottle of Jean-Louis Chave’s Cathelin cuvée at €6,140. There is also a 1959 Dom Pérignon rosé at €5,526, and a Louis XIII Rémy Martin Rare Cask Cognac at €16,578.

Here are the tables in full:

Top 50 highest-priced lots of 2020

Rank Region Name Price incl. VAT Buyer
1 Burgundy 12 Bottle Assortiment 1990 du Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1990 53 172,40 € UNITED KINGDOM
2 Burgundy 12 Bottle Assortiment 2009 du Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2 caisses (1 Romanée Conti – 2 Romanée Saint Vivant – 3 La Tache – 2 Richebourg – 2 Echézeaux – 2 Grands Echézeaux) 2009 46 909,60 € FRANCE
3 Burgundy 13 Bottle Caisse Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1 Romanée Conti – 3 La Tache – 3 Romanée Saint Vivant – 1 Richebourg – 2 Grands Echezeaux – 3 Echezeaux 2012 40 524,00 € BELGIUM
4 Burgundy 13 Bottle Assortiment 2014 du Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2014 40 524,00 € UNITED KINGDOM
5 Burgundy 9 Bottle Assortiment 2016 du Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2016 36 840,00 € ITALY
6 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Leroy (Domaine) 2001 17 499,00 € SWITZERLAND
7 Burgundy 3 Bottle Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru d’Auvenay (Domaine) 2011 17 314,80 € UNITED KINGDOM
8 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2009 16 578,00 € SWITZERLAND
9 Charente 1 Bottle Cognac Louis XIII Rémy Martin Rare Cask —- 16 578,00 € FRANCE
10 Burgundy 3 Bottle Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru d’Auvenay (Domaine) 2011 16 578,00 € FRANCE
11 Burgundy 6 Bottle Caisse Domaine de la Romanée Conti 3 Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2 Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru – 1 Richebourg Grand Cru 2015 16 209,60 € TAIWAN
12 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2012 14 858,80 € FRANCE
13 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2002 14 736,00 € FRANCE
14 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2010 14 736,00 € POLAND
15 Burgundy 3 Bottle Richebourg Grand Cru Leroy (Domaine) 2002 14 613,20 € ETATS-UNIS
16 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2006 14 244,80 € FRANCE
17 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2004 14 244,80 € FRANCE
18 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2006 14 244,80 € UNITED KINGDOM
19 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2001 13 937,80 € POLAND
20 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2004 13 753,60 € FRANCE
21 Burgundy 1 Magnum Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2007 13 630,80 € FRANCE
22 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2000 13 508,00 € FRANCE
23 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1992 13 508,00 € FRANCE
24 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2000 13 508,00 € FRANCE
25 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2014 12 832,60 € FRANCE
26 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2007 12 771,20 € SWITZERLAND
27 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2004 12 402,80 € FRANCE
28 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2004 12 280,00 € FRANCE
29 Bordeaux 6 Magnum Château Lafite Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé 1986 9 946,80 € CHINE
30 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 1990 9 824,00 € FRANCE
31 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Leroy (Domaine) 1998 9 701,20 € UNITED KINGDOM
32 Bordeaux 6 Bottle Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé 2000 9 701,20 € FRANCE
33 Bordeaux 12 Bottle Château Lafite Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé 1986 9 517,00 € FRANCE
34 Bordeaux 9 Bottle Caisse Collection Duclot 1 Petrus – 1 Cheval Blanc – 1 La Mission Haut Brion – 1 Haut Brion – 1 Margaux – 1 Lafite Rothschild – 1 Latour – 1 Yquem – 1 Mouton Rothschild 2010 9 455,60 € DANEMARK
35 Burgundy 1 Magnum La Tâche Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2000 9 210,00 € FRANCE
36 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 1990 8 964,40 € FRANCE
37 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1969 8 872,30 € CZECH REPUBLIC
38 Bordeaux 3 Bottle Château Le Pin 2016 8 841,60 € FRANCE
39 Bordeaux 12 Bottle Château Trotanoy 1971 8 804,76 € FRANCE
40 Bordeaux 9 Bottle Caisse Collection Duclot 1 Petrus – 1 Cheval Blanc – 1 La Mission Haut Brion – 1 Haut Brion – 1 Margaux – 1 Lafite Rothschild – 1 Latour – 1 Yquem – 1 Mouton Rothschild 2009 8 596,00 € SWITZERLAND
41 Bordeaux 9 Bottle Caisse Duclot Haut Brion – Latour -Margaux – Mouton Rothschild – Mission Haut Brion – Yquem – Pétrus – Cheval Blanc -Lafite Rothschild 2005 8 596,00 € FRANCE
42 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 1999 8 473,20 € FRANCE
43 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 2002 8 473,20 € SWITZERLAND
44 Burgundy 3 Bottle La Romanée Grand Cru Comte Liger-Belair (Domaine du) 2003 8 473,20 € UNITED KINGDOM
45 Burgundy 1 Magnum La Tâche Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2003 8 350,40 € FRANCE
46 Bordeaux 6 Bottle Château Lafleur 2000 8 350,40 € UNITED KINGDOM
47 Bordeaux 1 Magnum Petrus 2000 8 227,60 € IRELAND
48 Bordeaux 1 Magnum Petrus 2000 8 104,80 € FRANCE
49 Bordeaux 1 Bottle Caisse Collection Duclot 2009 2009 7 982,00 € FRANCE
50 Bordeaux 12 Bottle Château Lafite Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé 2005 7 982,00 € DENMARK

 

Top 50 highest-priced bottles of 2020 (scaled to 75cl)

Rank Region Name Price per unit (scaled to 75cl) Buyer country
1 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Leroy (Domaine) 2001 17 499,00 € SWITZERLAND
2 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2009 16 578,00 € SWITZERLAND
3 Charente 1 Bottle Cognac Louis XIII Rémy Martin Rare Cask —- 16 578,00 € FRANCE
4 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2012 14 858,80 € FRANCE
5 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2002 14 736,00 € FRANCE
6 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2010 14 736,00 € POLAND
7 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2006 14 244,80 € FRANCE
8 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2004 14 244,80 € FRANCE
9 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2006 14 244,80 € UNITED KINGDOM
10 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2001 13 937,80 € POLAND
11 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2004 13 753,60 € FRANCE
12 Burgundy 1 Magnum Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2007 13 630,80 € FRANCE
13 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2000 13 508,00 € FRANCE
14 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1992 13 508,00 € FRANCE
15 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2000 13 508,00 € FRANCE
16 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2014 12 832,60 € FRANCE
17 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2007 12 771,20 € SWITZERLAND
18 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2004 12 402,80 € FRANCE
19 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2004 12 280,00 € FRANCE
20 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 1990 9 824,00 € FRANCE
21 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Leroy (Domaine) 1998 9 701,20 € UNITED KINGDOM
22 Burgundy 1 Magnum La Tâche Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2000 9 210,00 € FRANCE
23 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 1990 8 964,40 € FRANCE
24 Burgundy 1 Bottle Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1969 8 872,30 € CZECH REPUBLIC
25 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 1999 8 473,20 € FRANCE
26 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 2002 8 473,20 € SWITZERLAND
27 Burgundy 1 Magnum La Tâche Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2003 8 350,40 € FRANCE
28 Bordeaux 1 Magnum Petrus 2000 8 227,60 € IRELAND
29 Bordeaux 1 Magnum Petrus 2000 8 104,80 € FRANCE
30 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 2013 7 613,60 € UNITED KINGDOM
31 Burgundy 1 Double-magnum Echézeaux Grand Cru Domaine Bizot 2009 7 368,00 € FRANCE
32 Burgundy 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine Leflaive 2006 7 122,40 € JAPAN
33 Bordeaux 1 Magnum Petrus 1998 6 999,60 € FRANCE
34 Burgundy 1 Bottle Musigny Grand Cru Georges Roumier (Domaine) 1987 6 876,80 € FRANCE
35 Bordeaux 1 Magnum Petrus 2016 6 876,80 € BELGIUM
36 Bordeaux 1 Magnum Petrus 1998 6 876,80 € FRANCE
37 Bordeaux 1 Magnum Petrus 2016 6 754,00 € FRANCE
38 Burgundy 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2002 6 385,60 € FRANCE
39 Burgundy 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1999 6 385,60 € UNITED KINGDOM
40 Vallée du Rhône 1 Bottle Hermitage Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin Jean-Louis Chave 1990 6 140,00 € FRANCE
41 Bordeaux 1 Magnum Château Latour 1er Grand Cru Classé 1949 6 017,20 € AUSTRALIA
42 Burgundy 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2008 5 894,40 € FRANCE
43 Burgundy 3 Bottle Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru d’Auvenay (Domaine) 2011 5 771,60 € UNITED KINGDOM
44 Burgundy 3 Bottle Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru d’Auvenay (Domaine) 2011 5 526,00 € FRANCE
45 Champagne 1 Bottle Dom Pérignon Moët & Chandon 1959 5 526,00 € CHINA
46 Burgundy 1 Bottle Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru d’Auvenay (Domaine) 2005 5 526,00 € FRANCE
47 Burgundy 1 Bottle Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru d’Auvenay (Domaine) 2005 5 403,20 € FRANCE
48 Burgundy 1 Bottle Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2007 5 403,20 € HONG KONG
49 Bordeaux 1 Impériale Château Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé A 2000 5 403,20 € FRANCE
50 Burgundy 1 Magnum Richebourg Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2000 5 280,40 € TAIWAN

 

 

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