Top auction picks | 140 years of fine wine

Very mature vintages offer you the chance to travel in time. What would you say to an 1880 Madeira, a 1900 Samalens Vintage Armagnac, or a 1947 Vouvray Perruches from Clos Naudin?

Bordeaux grands crus dressed in their best vintages

A fine Bordeaux is already a pleasure to drink, but getting to uncork one that was crafted in an exceptional year is something even more special. Some of the best represented in this sale include 2015, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2000, and even 1990, 1989, and 1982. From the right bank, you’ll find big names like Pomerol’s 2000 Petrus and 2015 Lafleur, Cheval Blanc in 1982 and 1990, and Saint-Emilion’s Angélus and Ausone from 2010. As for the left bank, a 1990 Château Lafite-Rothschild wouldn’t go amiss in your cellar. Also featured is the especially rare Domaine Allary Haut-Brion, a 1.3-hectare parcel enclosed within Château Haut-Brion, whose cuvées are available here in their 2009 and 2010 vintages. For bidders in search of particularly mature dessert wine, these 1950 and 1955 cuvées from Château d’Yquem are just within your reach.

Burgundy’s most coveted whites

Wines from Burgundy generally reach their apogee of maturity much sooner than their friends in Bordeaux, and this is especially true of the region’s white production. Some of Burgundy’s most sought-after whites are featured in this auction, including a 2005 Meursault Les Narvaux, a 2003 Puligny-Montrachet En La Richarde, and a 2003 Auxey-Duresses Les Clous, all from Domaine d’Auvenay. Domaine Ramonet and Coche-Dury also make an appearance.

No panic for fans of Pinot noir! In this sale, we have a 1998 La Tâche from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, as well as a 1995 Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes by Jacky Truchot, and a 2018 Bonnes-Mares by Georges Roumier. As for great wines at more attainable prices, we recommend cuvées from Domaine des Croix, Maillard Père & Fils, and Pattes Loup.

Rhône icons

Wines from the Rhône often take quite a while to soften and bloom, so fortunately this sale has plenty of vintages that have already had some time to evolve. The domains featured this time are Jean-Louis Chave (1990 Hermitage), Château Rayas (2007, 2009, and 2010), Marcel Juge (2009 Cornas), Henri Bonneau (2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins), and Thierry Allemand (2009 Cornas).

Tour de France

From elsewhere, there is a dizzying choice. The Loire Valley, for example, is proudly represented by a 1947 Vouvray Perruches from Clos Naudin, a 2010 Pouilly-Fumé Astéroïde from Dagueneau, and some magnums of the 2013 Gone to Hail cuvée from Auvergne’s Pierre Beauger. From Champagne, Selosse’s cuvées are not to be missed, nor is the 2007 Vieilles Vignes Françaises by Bollinger. Jura is all the rage at the moment, so wines from Domaine des Miroirs and Domaine Perron are bound to draw in the bids. And for a bottle that takes you on a journey in time, this auction has some real treasures in the form of an 1880 Malmsey Companhia Vinicola De Madeire and a 1900 Bas Armagnac Samalens Vintage.

Happy bidding!

Explore the full sale here and access the catalogues below:
28/04/2021 – 10H00 : Etranger 1880-2018
28/04/2021 – 10H30 : Italie 1967-2019
28/04/2021 – 11H00 : Misc. French Wines 1900-2019
28/04/2021 – 11H30 : Alsace Jura 1975-2019
28/04/2021 – 12H00 : Burgundy 1955-2010 – White
28/04/2021 – 13H00 : Burgundy 2011-2019 – White
28/04/2021 – 14H00 : Burgundy 1954-2005 – Red
28/04/2021 – 15H00 : Burgundy 2006-2011 – Red
28/04/2021 – 16H00 : Burgundy 2012-2019 – Red
29/04/2021 – 10H00 : Beaujolais 1997-2019
29/04/2021 – 10H30 : Champagne 1964-2012
29/04/2021 – 11H00 : Loire 1947-2020 – White
29/04/2021 – 11H30 : Loire 1989-2019 – Red
29/04/2021 – 12H00 : Rhône 1976-2012
29/04/2021 – 12H30 : Rhône 2013-2019
29/04/2021 – 13H00 : Bordeaux 1937-2015 – White
29/04/2021 – 14H00 : Bordeaux 1957-1990 – Red
29/04/2021 – 15H00 : Bordeaux 1991-2003 – Red
29/04/2021 – 16H00 : Bordeaux 2004-2016 – Red

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