Top auction picks | 90 years in 8,000 bottles

What a wonderful opportunity to find the vintage of your dreams! Here, nearly 90 years of history have come together to satisfy lovers of collector’s bottles; mature wines that are ready to uncork, and more recent bottles to leave resting quietly in their cellar.

Wines for cellaring

It is fascinating to see young vintages becoming particularly sought after at auction of late. Whether you’re looking for wines to age at home, fine signatures to pass on to your children, or simply a few emerging stars, you will find plenty to choose from. From Bordeaux, a prestigious region if ever there was one, the grands crus deserve your full attention and are highlighted by icons such as the 2018 Haut-Brion, 2016 Léoville-Poyferré and 2016 Angélus. Because wines are (increasingly) scarce in Burgundy, don’t let the opportunity to own a top label slip away. Georges Roumier‘s 2019 Bonnes-Mares, Cécile Tremblay‘s 2015 Chapelle-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée and Echezeaux, and Dugat-Py‘s Mazis-Chambertin Très Vieilles Vignes from 2016, 2017 and 2019 are just some examples. For low-key gems and rising stars, look to Auvergne (Vignoble de l’Arbre Blanc, Patrick Bouju), Alsace (2019 Rosiers Sauvages from La Grange de l’Oncle Charles, 2018 Pinot Noir LN12 from Gérard Schueller), the Jura (2016 Arbois-Pupillin Le Rouge Queue, Côtes-du-Jura from Domaine des Carlines) and Corsica (2020 Vin-de-Corse Marine 2020 Domaine Pieretti).

Wines for sipping

Defying time without sufferance, sweet wines and ‘vins doux naturels’ are true meditation nectars that allow you to (re)discover a bygone era. For sweet wines, travel to Bordeaux, the Loire, Alsace, Hungary and the Rhône to find a golden treasure. Some ideas? 1937 Crème-de-tête from Château Gilette, 1975 Château-d’Yquem, 1989 Bonnezeaux from Domaine des Petits Quarts, 1989 Vouvray moelleux Réserve from Clos Naudin, 1996 Hermitage Vin de Paille from Chapoutier as well as various Tokajis from Domaine Disznoko.

As for the vins doux naturels (naturally sweet wines), these can be discovered in the marvellous 1935 Rivesaltes from Château Mossé, the 1986 from Riveyrac and the 1985 from Vieux Chêne as well as La Rectorie’s sumptuous 1999 Banyuls from La Rectorie.

Wines we have to mention

Are you looking for pure excellence? Go for a legendary vintage! 1989? Bid on the Belle Epoque vintage from Perrier-Joüet. 1990? Haut-Marbuzet and Domaine de Chevalier await. 2005? Think about Château Rayas’ Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Jean Foillard’s 3.14 Cuvée. 2009? Don’t hesitate in front of the Côte Brune et Blonde cuvées from longstanding favourite Guigal.

You’ll find the full auction here. Happy bidding!

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