Top auction picks | 1840-2020, 180 years of wine and spirit history

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Too good to be true? This auction brings together all that a wine enthusiast could be searching for. Up-and-coming names, prestigious domains from outside France, natural wines, cellaring cuvées and spirits will all be quick to find a home.

Let’s begin our tour in the heart of the prestigious Burgundy where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are crafted into beautiful wine by names like Georges Noëllat, Armand Rousseau, Bruno Clair, Méo-Camuzet, Dujac, as well as Meursault’s Coche-Dury and Roulot. Heading off the beaten track, you might like to try a Mâconnais cuvée, known for their more accessible profile. Alexandre Jouveaux’s Vins de France, for example, deserve all your attention. Matured at length and carrying an almost oxidative style, these wines are the result of biodynamic growing and natural vinification. Be quick, though, as they’re produced in small, highly coveted quantities.

Bordeaux, we have to admit, is still an iconic region that remains a home to excellence. You can see for yourself in this auction selection, rich in grands crus classés from the traditional 1855 ranking. Pontet-Canet, for example, is one of the rare estates of its kind to opt for biodynamics, glowing in its recent vintages as well as a divine 2005. At its side, we find wonderful bottles from Haut-Brion and Lafite-Rothschild, the latter currently experiencing a breath of fresh air under the sage leadership of Saskia de Rothschild.

Another traditional region, the Rhône is represented this time by new, cutting-edge faces. L’Anglore and its generous Tavel cuvées, the mysterious Gangloff and its deep Côte-Rôtie, Domaine du Coulet with its biodynamic, cellaring Cornas, Château Rayas and its satellite domains, Marie and Pierre Benetière’s exclusive production, as well as the natural produce of Daniel Sage and Clos des Grillons, sought for the frankness and flavour of their crus.

From the Loire, Clos Rougeard makes a strong appearance, surrounded by other Angevin figures like Mark Angeli from Ferme de la Sansonnière and Thibaut Boudignon, as well as other Auvergne names like Patrick Bouju. If you’re looking for some rising stars, we recommend South-West France, where you’ll find Dagueneau’s Les Jardins de Babylone and Arretxea, as well as Pedres Blanques in the Roussillon region. A little more classic, the Languedoc flies its flag in red and white via the treasure that is La Grange des Pères, with bottles and magnums in vintages ranging from 1997 to 2007. From the Beaujolais is Yvon Métras’ 2018 Fleurie Ultime, and the Jura has Ganevat and Labet. We also recommend Maxim Lannay, Bruno Bienaimé, and Philippe Chatillon.

How could we forget about the prestigious gem that is Champagne? Its elegant bubbles are brought this time by Krug’s 1979 Clos du Mesnil which is bound to be glorious. There are also several vintages by the illustrious Jacques Selosse.

To truly travel back in time, we have a Marsala cuvée dating from 1840, as well as the biodynamic Sicilian wines of Girolamo Russo and Biondi Santi’s Brunello di Montalcino. Slightly livelier in profile is the goldmine of German Riesling: trocken, Auslese, spätlese, and trockenbeerenauslese are all bound to draw in bids.

Last but not least, we have to mention the bottle of 33-Year-Old Karuizawa whisky from japan, a single cask matured in a former sherry barrel and bottled in 2014…a truly special tipple that is likely to cause a stir.

As always, you can explore the full catalogues below to see the wealth of what’s on offer. Happy bidding!
10/03/2021 – 10H00 : Autres vins Etranger 1954-2019
10/03/2021 – 10H30 : Vins Italiens 1950-2019
10/03/2021 – 11H00 : Misc. French Wines 1989-2020
10/03/2021 – 11H30 : Alsace Jura 1983-2020
10/03/2021 – 12H00 : Loire 1979-2019
10/03/2021 – 12H30 : Burgundy 1970-2013 – White
10/03/2021 – 13H30 : Burgundy 2014-2019 – White
10/03/2021 – 14H30 : Burgundy 1969-2008 – Red
10/03/2021 – 15H30 : Burgundy 2009-2014 – Red
10/03/2021 – 16H30 : Burgundy 2015-2018 – Red
11/03/2021 – 10H00 : Porto & Spiritueux 1840-2020
11/03/2021 – 10H30 : Champagne 1961-2015
11/03/2021 – 11H00 : Rhône 1984-2019 – White
11/03/2021 – 11H30 : Rhône 1955-2012 – Red
11/03/2021 – 12H00 : Rhône 2013-2019 – Red
11/03/2021 – 12H30 : Bordeaux 1959-2015 – White
11/03/2021 – 13H00 : Bordeaux 1958-1988 – Red
11/03/2021 – 14H00 : Bordeaux 1989-2000 – Red
11/03/2021 – 15H00 : Bordeaux 2001-2006 – Red
11/03/2021 – 16H00 : Bordeaux 2007-2017 – Red

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