The South West: the top 20 highest-priced bottles at auction (first semester of 2018)

High Priced wine bottles iDealwine auction South West French region

We’re taking you on a tour of the 20 most expensive bottles to sell so far in 2018 from the South West, a region that boasts a large variety of native grape varieties and that produces wines renowned for their ageing potential.

Wines from the South West represent only a small proportion of the bottles exchanged on the iDealwine auction platform (for now). However, red and sweet wines from this region are seeing their prices gradually rise. We’ve compiled this top 20 ranking by taking only the most expensive cuvée from each domaine which should help give a broader picture.

The top three spots are occupied by the leading lights of the South West: the Jurançon from Clos Joliette, produced in minute quantities, Jardins de Babylone from Domiane Didier Dagueneau (managed by his son Louis-Benjamin since his death in 2008), whose Loire wines are also highly sought-after, and finally the Monbazillac Tirecul La Gravière, that Robert Parker christened the “Yquem of Monbazillac”.

The wonderful 2005 vintage from this region is popular amongst bidders. Cuvées such as Les Laquets from Cosse-Maisonneuve, La Tyre from Château Montus (owned by Alain Brumont who has helped put the Madiran appellation on the map) and the cuvée Madame from Château Tirecul La Gravière.

Cahors is another appellation that is enjoying more recognition and the wines from Château Lagrezette (6th), Clos de Gamot (14th)? Chaëtau le Cèdre (15th) and Château Haute-Serre (19th) all make an appearance.

Nature friendly winemaking is another key trend that touches the South West. Clos Triguedina, certified in sustainable agriculture, the organic (with certification) and biodynamic Domaine de Souch, and Château Le Cèdre (organic certification) are all represented in the rankings;

The South West is also home to the much-adored Armagnacs that never fail to perform well at auction. Below you’ll also find the 20 most expensive bottles of Armagnac to sell on the auction platform this year.

The South West: top 20 highest-priced bottles of the first semester of 2018

Position Lot Colour Lot price (incl. VAT) Price (per 75cl bottle & incl. VAT) Variation on price estimate (or reserve price) Date of sale Country of residence of winning bidder
1 Bottle of Jurançon 1979 – Clos de la Joliette White 219 € 219 € 22% 14/03/2018 France
2 Bottle of Jurançon Jardins de Babylone 2007 – D. Dagueneau Sweet white 122 € 122 € 16/05/2018 France
3 3 bottles of Madiran Château Montus-La Tyre 2005 – A.Brumont Red 298 € 99 € 25% 28/03/2018 United Kingdom
4 Half bottle of Monbazillac Cuvée Madame 2005 – Château Tirecul La Gravière Sweet white 91 € 91 € 14/02/2018 Denmark
5 Half bottle of Jurançon Quintessence du Petit Manseng 2009 – Cauhapé Sweet white 40 € 80 € 10% 23/05/2018 France
6 3 bottles of Cahors Le Pigeonnier 2001 – Château Lagrezette Red 231 € 77 € 27% 28/03/2018 United Kingdom
7 Bottle of Cahors Probus 1978 – Clos Triguedina Red 67 € 67 € 10% 13/06/2018 France
8 Bottle of Jurançon 1959 – N. Charenton White 63 € 63 € 30% 27/02/2018 United Kingdom
9 3 bottles of Gaillac Vin d’Antan 1989 – R. Plageoles White 182 € 61 € 23/05/2018 Norway
10 Bottle of Madiran 666 2006 – Lafont Red 58 € 58 € 37% 16/05/2018 France
11 3 bottles of Jurançon Eminence 2004 – Bru Baché Red 164 € 55 € 31% 14/03/2018 France
12 Double magnum of Jurançon Suprême de Thou 2001 – Clos Thou Sweet white 310 € 52 € 183% 16/05/2018 France
13 Bottle of Jurançon Vendanges Tardives 2007 – Souch White 47 € 47 € 56% 14/02/2018 France
14 Bottle of Cahors 1985 – Clos de Gamot Red 43 € 43 € 58% 25/04/2018 France
15 6 bottles of Cahors Cuvée Le Cèdre 2001 – Château du Cèdre Red 255 € 43 € 9% 11/04/2018 France
16 6 bottles of Cahors Floissac 1990 – Gilis Red 73 € 36 € 6% 11/04/2018 France
17 Bottle of Montravel Cuvée Coeur de Roche 2009 – Château Moulin Caresse Red 36 € 36 € 0% 30/05/2018 France
18 Bottle of Monbazillac 1990 – Clos Fontindoule Sweet white 34 € 34 € 10% 17/01/2018 France
19 Bottle of Cahors 1988 – Château Haute-Serre Red 33 € 33 € 16% 18/04/2018 United Kingdom
20 6 bottles of Cahors Les Laquets 2005 -Cosse- Maisonneuve Red 64 € 32 € 14/02/2018 France

Armagnac: top 20 highest-priced bottles of the first semester of 2018

Position Lot Lot price (incl. VAT) Price (per 75cl bottle & incl. VAT) Variation on price estimate (or reserve price) Date of sale Country of residence of winning bidder
1 Bottle of Vieux Bas Armagnac 1920 – Laberdolive (Domaine d’Escoubes) 851 € 851 € 46% 23/05/2018 France
2 Bottle of Vieux Bas Armagnac 1942 – Laberdolive (Domaine de Jaurrey) 608 € 608 € 43% 11/04/2018 France
3 Bottle of Armagnac 1929 – Maison Vaghi 426 € 426 € 15% 25/04/2018 France
4 Bottle of Bas Armagnac 1939 – Laubade 413 € 413 € 1% 03/05/2018 Hong Kong
5 Bottle of Vieil Armagnac 1943 – Château de Cassaigne 316 € 316 € 6% 03/05/2018 France
6 Bottle of Armagnac 1931 – Marquis de Sauval 304 € 304 € 16% 20/06/2018 Switzerland
7 Bottle of Bas Armagnac 1949 – Noel 268 € 268 € 33% 17/01/2018 France
8 Bottle of Vieil-Armagnac 1946 – Baron G Legrand 231 € 231 € 13% 11/04/2018 France
9 Bottle of Bas Armagnac 1939 – Bordenave 207 € 207 € 4% 17/01/2018 France
10 Bottle of Armagnac 1949 – Mader 195 € 195 € 5% 23/05/2018 France
11 Bottle of Armagnac 1924 – Croix de salles 186 € 186 € 7% 30/05/2018 USA
12 Bottle of Bas Armagnac 1963 – Gaube Darroze 182 € 182 € 5% 28/03/2018 France
13 Bottle of Armagnac 1987 – de Charron 122 € 122 € 35% 30/05/2018 France
14 Bottle of Bas Armagnac 1968 – Le Bret 122 € 122 € 2% 17/01/2018 France
15 Bottle of Armagnac Les Gds Millésimes 1942 – Château de Neguebouc 116 € 116 € 25/04/2018 France
16 Bottle of Bas Armagnac 1980 – Saint-Aubin Darroze 97 € 97 € 6% 28/03/2018 Switzerland
17 Bottle of Armagnac 1965 – Réserve des caves Fauchon 97 € 97 € 5% 30/01/2018 France
18 Magnum of Bas Armagnac Oreja 1966 – Louis et Fils 182 € 91 € 27/06/2018 France
19 Bottle of Bas Armagnac 1978 – Château de Briat 85 € 85 € 1% 28/03/2018 France
20 Bottle of Bas Armagnac Alambic 1985 – d’Ognoas 79 € 79 € 25/04/2018 Korea

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The top 50 highest-priced bottles at auction (first semester of 2018)

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