Top 20 of Loire wines

Let’s continue our Tour de France of the rankings of the most expensive wines sold at auction in the first half of 2017, with Loire wines. If the top of the podium is trusted by the regional stars, there are also very confidential and less famous domains.

Loire wines are known to be worth their money. Even if prices remain reasonable, some domains saw them soar at auction, like the famous Clos Rougeard, but also other more confidential ones.

If we rank the auctions recorded on iDealwine during the first six months of 2017, Clos Rougeard dominates the top with 18 of the 20 most expensive lots, reaching up to €924 for Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg 1989, bought by a French amateur. Hence the idea of ​​concentrating on another TOP 20, classified by domain: a single cuvée of each producer is selected, in order to highlight the 20 domains of which wines reach the highest bids. A good diversity of appellations is gathered in this TOP 20: Saumur-Champigny, Vouvray, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Chinon, AnjouCoteaux du Layon, Savennières, Montlouis and Saumur.

This ranking gathers mainly white wines (12 cuvées), including some sweet wines: Vouvray Goutte d’Or from Clos Naudin, Vouvray Domaine Huet Cuvée Constance, Coteaux du Layon Domaine Delesvaux Cuvée Anthologie.

Unsurprisingly, famous domains grasp the widest  share of this ranking, such as Clos Rougeard (#1), Clos Naudin (#2), Huet (#3), Dagueneau (#5), François Cotat (#6), Charles Joguet (#7) and La Coulée de Serrant (#11). Without forgetting the renowned Pouilly-Fumé Baron de L from Domaine de Ladoucette (#18). The ranking also highlights some very specialized winegrowers, of which their “nature”, organic or biodynamic wines currently fuel auctions. This is the case of Domaine Edmond Vatan which is 4th with its Sancerre Clos de la Néore 2015 auctioned €216, or Richard Leroy, ranked 8th, of which the cuvée Anjou Les Noëls de Montbenault 2005, one of the most sought-after wines of the moment , sold for €156. There are also more specific and confidential bottles, like Stéphane Bernaudeau with his famous cuvée Les Nourrissons (#13); La ferme de la Sansonnière, a biodynamic domain with natural wines (#15); Eric Morgat, an organic domain (#19); Delesvaux, specialized in botrytised biodynamic Chenin wines (#10) and finally Pascal Cotat who also produces beautiful Sancerre wines in his confidential 2.5 hectare domain (#20).

Ranking in the ranking, a TOP 5 stands out, with prices exceeding €200, including Clos Rougeard, Clos Naudin, Huet, Edmond Vatan and Dagueneau. If the first domain of the ranking, Clos Rougeard, is now out of your reach, turn to Domain du Collier, owned by Antoine Foucault (son of Charly Foucault). Let’s bet that this Saumur won’t long stay 17th of the ranking. The 2nd domain of the ranking is very difficult to find: Vouvray Goutte d’Or from Clos Naudin, an absolute rarity, is produced only in exceptional vintages – only 3 – 1947, 1990 and 2011, the latter went under the hammer for €504.

Who would have thought that prices would reach such levels a few months ago? In this ranking, not a single wine costs less than €50. This shows how much iDealwine fans are ready to spend to lay their hands on one of the treasures of this region. Dear customers, you surely have a very sharp level of knowledge, congratulations for that! All you have to do now is keep an eye on the future stars of the ranking.

Top 20 – Loire Valley (first half of 2017)

# Lot Format Wine Vintage Hammer price Buyer’s country
1 1 Bottle Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg Clos Rougeard – Frères Foucault 1989 €924 FRANCE
2 1 Bottle Vouvray Goutte d’Or Clos Naudin – Philippe Foreau 2011 €504 FRANCE
3 1 Fillete Vouvray Cuvée Constance Domaine Huet 1997 €240 FRANCE
4 1 Bottle Sancerre Clos la Neore Edmond Vatan 2015 €216 FRANCE
5 1 Bottle Pouilly Fumé Pur Sang Dagueneau Domaine Didier – Louis-Benjamin 2002 €210 FRANCE
6 1 Bottle Sancerre La Grande Côte François Cotat 2005 €168 FRANCE
7 3 Bottle Chinon Clos de La Dioterie Domaine Charles Joguet 1989 €160 FRANCE
8 2 Bottle Anjou Les Noëls de Montbenault Domaine Richard Leroy 2005 €156 HONG KONG
9 1 Bottle Saumur Brézé Domaine Guiberteau 2005 €108 FRANCE
10 2 Bottle Coteaux du Layon Cuvée Anthologie Domaine Delesvaux 1997 €102 FRANCE
11 1 Bottle Savennières Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Nicolas Joly 2010 €102 FRANCE
12 1 Bottle Montlouis Le Volagré Stéphane Cossais 2006 €102 FRANCE
13 1 Bottle Vin de France Les Nourrissons Domaine Stéphane Bernaudeau 2008 €96 RUSSIA
14 1 Bottle Chinon Franc de Pied Bernard Baudry 2009 €92.4 LATVIA
15 2 Bottle Vin de Table Les Vieilles Vignes des Blanderies Domaine Ferme de la Sansonnière 2007 €84 RUSSIA
16 1 Bottle Chinon Les Roches Alain et Jerome Lenoir 2005 €84 SINGAPORE
17 1 Bottle Saumur La Ripaille Domaine du Collier 2005 €72 RUSSIA
18 1 Magnum(s) Pouilly Fumé Baron de L Patrick de Ladoucette 1988 €60 HONG KONG
19 6 Bottle Savennières Eric Morgat 2010 €54 FRANCE
20 3 Bottle Sancerre Pascal Cotat 2010 €54 PORTUGAL


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