Top 20 of Jura-Savoie and Alsace wines

Vin Jaune (French for “yellow wines”), great terroirs or exceptional sweet wines: our Tour de France of regional rankings at auction continues with a trip to the vineyards from the East of France, a wine-growing area with very specific characteristics that make them, therefore, very interesting regions.

As a reminder, in order to establish this first half-year ranking, we decided to keep only the most expensive wine of each property, auctioned on iDealwine. Moreover, if the wine was sold in a magnum, its price is converted to its bottle equivalent to allow a fair comparison between the different wines. Due to digitalization and globalization, vineyards are no longer immune to worldwide amateurs’ lust for discoveries. The Jura has masterfully demonstrated this fact over the last months. The list of wines from this region, auctioned during the first half of 2017 on iDealwine, puts forward one of Jura’s particular features, the famous Vin Jaune, oxidative beverage, so delicate to produce, and bottled in a clavelin (62 cl bottle).

The first place of the ranking is occupied by Pierre Overnoy, “natural wines” leader of the region, and of which we have already spoken, as these wines often hit the headlines of our auction reports during the first half of 2017, reaching €1,560. Epicentre of the production of Vin Jaune, Château-Chalon, Klemens von Metternich’s favourite wine, is also very present in this TOP 20, mainly with old vintages. Second of the ranking is a Chateau-Chalon 1961 from the Fruitière Vinicole (a wine-growers’ cooperative) reaching €294 in May 2017. Jean Macle 1986 sold for €288 in February (#3) and Marius Perron 1973 went under the hammer for €276 (#4).

The enthusiasm of Asian buyers for Jura wines is striking: more than half of the lots in the TOP 20 were shipped to Japan or China. The Land of the Rising Sun, in particular, with the acquisition of the most expensive wine of the ranking, the famous Vin Jaune  from Overnoy, a cuvée that the Americans were already fighting over a few years ago. Even better, the Japanese won nine of the 20 lots on this list! Our customers in Hong Kong won three of these lots, the other bottles going to Great Britain or Spain leaving only five lots for French amateurs.

The “natural” characteristic of Domaine Overnoy is one of the reasons of this enthusiasm. Amateurs have been passionate for such wines for a few months. In the wake of this record auction the wines from Ganevat and Tissot also face exploding demand. The magnum of Côtes-du-Jura Les vignes de mon père 2005 (Ganevat) was indeed auctioned €408, and when brought back to a bottle format, ranks fifth.

In Alsace, the top of the ranking is monopolized by two great wines from exceptional terroirs, and a cuvée that expresses the quintessence of the region’s know-how to produce sweet wines. The first two places of the podium welcome the wines of a great vintage in Alsace, 1983: Riesling Clos Sainte-Hune from Trimbach first for €360 and Pinot Gris in Sélection de Grains Nobles (SGN: selection of noble-rot grapes), from Hugel reaching €156. Followed by a star wine, the grand cru Schoenenbourg 2008 from Domaine Deiss, sold for €134 last April. The Riesling Clos Saint-Urbain 1994 from Domaine Zind-Humbrecht ranks fourth, as it was sold for €108 in March 2017. This wine combines a high quality terroir and is produced in Vendanges Tardives (VT: late harvested grapes). The excellent reputation of Alsatian sweet wines is reflected in the ranking, which lines up ten cuvées produced in VT or SGN. Another remarkable feature of the domains from this region included in this TOP 20: more than half of them are produced in organic or biodynamic. Jean-Michel Deiss, an inexhaustible defender of the notion of “terroir” in Alsace and a great figure of biodynamics, stands in the forefront of world-renowned domains: Zind-Humbrecht, Weinbach and Ostertag. So many names, you are likely to hear from in future auctions.

 Top 20 of Jura-Savoie wines

# Wine Vintage Hammer price Buyer’s country
1 Jura Vin Jaune Pierre Overnoy 1986 €1,560 JAPAN
2 Château-Chalon Fruitière Vinicole 1961 €294 JAPAN
3 Château-Chalon Jean Macle 1986 €288 JAPAN
4 Château-Chalon Vignes aux Dames M. Perron 1973 €276 UNITED-KINGDOM
5 Côtes du Jura Les Vignes de mon Père Domaine Ganevat 2005 €204 FRANCE
6 Jura Vin Jaune André et Mireille Tissot 1983 €120 JAPAN
7 Château-Chalon Domaine Courbet 1987 €114 JAPAN
8 Château-Chalon Domaine Durand Perron 1990 €114 FRANCE
9 Jura Vin Jaune Domaine Richard 1955 €108 FRANCE
10 Château-Chalon Pierre Peltier 1966 €104 UNITED-KINGDOM
11 Jura Vin Jaune Puffeney 2008 €102 FRANCE
12 Château-Chalon Berthet-Bondet 1991 €90 JAPAN
13 Jura Vin Jaune Henri Maire 1983 €84 HONG KONG
14 Jura Vin Jaune Pierre Badoz 1975 €79 SPAIN
15 Jura Vin Jaune Château d’Arlay 1975 €74 JAPAN
16 Château-Chalon Domaine Chalandard 1987 €72 JAPAN
17 Jura Vin Jaune Auguste Pirou 1983 €61 JAPAN
18 Jura Vin Jaune L’Etoile Domaine Geneletti 1985 €60 HONG KONG
19 Jura Vin Jaune Daniel Dugois 2000 €60 HONG KONG
20 Arbois Trousseau Cuvée Spéciale Rolet 1985 €34 FRANCE


Top 20 of Alsace wines

# Wine Vintage Hammer price Country
1 Riesling Clos Sainte-Hune Domaine Trimbach 1983 €360 HONG KONG
2 Pinot Gris (Tokay) Sélection de Grains Nobles Domaine Hugel 1983 €156 FRANCE
3 Schoenenbourg Marcel Deiss 2008 €134 FRANCE
4 Riesling Rangen de Thann – Clos Saint Urbain Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 1994 €108 FRANCE
5 Riesling Grand Cru Albert Boxler & Fils 1990 €90 SWITZERLAND
6 Pinot Gris (Tokay) Jaecklé négociant 1949 €80 FRANCE
7 Gewurztraminer Furstentum Sélection de Grains Nobles Domaine Weinbach 1994 €78 ITALIE
8 Pinot Gris (Tokay) Vendanges Tardives René Muré 1989 €72 FRANCE
9 Pinot Gris (Tokay) Domaine Josmeyer 1989 €67 HONG KONG
10 Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles Domaine Lorentz 1989 €66 FRANCE
11 Pinot noir Albert Mann 2010 €62 FRANCE
12 Riesling Muenchberg Domaine Ostertag 2007 €54 FRANCE
13 Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles Leon Beyer 1989 €54 FRANCE
14 Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles Clos Saint Imer Goldert 1994 €40 FRANCE
15 Riesling Sélection de Grains Nobles Kreydenweiss 1988 €40 FRANCE
16 Riesling Vendanges Tardives Dirlier Saering 1998 €36 SLOVENIA
17 Pinot Gris (Tokay) Sélection de Grains Nobles Paul Kubler 2000 €36 FRANCE
18 Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives André Blanck 2000 €35 FRANCE
19 Riesling Seppi Landmann 2000 €34 FRANCE
20 Riesling Grand Cru Schaeffer 2010 €32 FRANCE


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