Top auction picks | A lesson in finesse

The gentle warmth of spring has us reaching for fresh, delicate and elegant wines. In our latest auction we find a whole host of fine cuvées, each more delectable than the last. Follow along in our search for springtime bottles.

Bubbles from Champagne

Let’s celebrate the return of this beautiful season with a drink that needs no explanation. Drawn to the prestige of the grandes maisons? Discover the 2007 Dom Ruinart, a cuvée that has been sleeping for a long time in cellars classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Is it rarity you’re after? Go for Krug’s 1981 Clos-du-Mesnil. If you want a wine that’s vibrant with energy, don’t miss the blanc de blancs Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons Grand Cru by Pierre Peters. For the producer of a legendary wine maker, Domaine Jacques Selosse seems to us to be the perfect choice. Though if it’s more of a rising star that interests you, then how about Ulysse Collin?

White wines to refresh the palate

Why not broaden your horizons with Germany, a wine country that has made Riesling its flagship grape? Dr. Siemens’ Spätlese, for example, is in this auction’s line-up. You’ll also find this grape variety in Alsace with signatures like Seppi Landmann’s 2000 Zinnkoepfle and Bott-Geyl’s 2017 Schoenenbourg. This is a chance to try some Swiss wines, too, and we especially recommend those of Marie-Thérèse Chappaz. Irresistible white wines are to be found all over France, such as in the Jura with the Savagnin master, Pierre Overnoy; in the Loire with Alexandre Bain’s lovely Chenins and the fiery Sauvignons Blancs of Edmond Vatan; or in Savoie with the vintages of Domaine Belluard and its late, very talented vintner.

Burgundian Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs

It’s difficult to forget the noble character of a Burgundy. Whether you want minerality (Vincent Dauvissat’s Grands Crus Chablisiens), prestige (Leroy’s 1996 Corton-Charlemagne), a hidden gem (J.A. Ferret’s Mâcon-Fuissé), the icon of the moment (Auvenay’s 2006 Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers)… you’re truly spoilt for choice. In red, revisit such classics as Armand Rousseau’s Chambertins, DRC‘s Romanée-Conti, Roumier‘s Chambolle-Musigny, Bertagna‘s and Dujac‘s Clos-Saint-Denis and Arlaud‘s Charmes-Chambertin.

Italy takes to the stage

If you like Burgundian Pinot Noir, you’ll love Piedmont’s Nebbiolo, which produces long-keeping wines with powerful tannins but very fine grain. Giacomo Conterno’s DOCG Barolos and Angelo Gaja’s Sperss Langhe are waiting impatiently for your bids. Not far away, in northern Italy, there are some top appellations that deserve your attention: Barberesco (Ascheri de Giacomo) and Dolcetto d’Alba (Bartolo Mascarello) are just a few, and there’s no reason to hesitate.

Sweet wines to savour

Finally, let’s dwell a little on the meditative nectars that make for perfect for a treat from time to time. Enjoy mature vintages such as a 1970 Château d’Yquem, a 1989 Château Rieussec, or even a 2005 Château Climens. From elsewhere in France, we’ve highlighted the 2005 Altenberg-de-Bergheim from Marcel Deiss and the 1990 Clos du Bourg Vouvray Moelleux Première Trie from Huet.

We hope you will find a rare pearl among this eclectic selection, one that will bring a dash of delicacy into your life!

You can browse the full auction here – happy bidding!

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