Top auction picks | A selection full of stars

An extraordinary variety of wines are waiting for your bids, with a focus on stars of the Loire. With sommelier’s favourites and up-and-coming names, there’s no reason to wait around.

Focus on the Loire

If the Loire Valley has long found it hard to shake its image as a region producing large volumes at the expense of quality, all its splendour has now been restored thanks to the immense talent of a growing pool of excellent winegrowers. We find great wines all along the river, from the Pays Nantais to the Sancerrois, passing of course by the formidable Anjou and the irreplaceable Touraine.

Let’s start our selection with an absolute rarity, probably the greatest wine of Pouilly-Fumé, the Astéroïde cuvée from the Domaine Dagueneau (2015). Heading towards the Saumur and Saumur-Champigny appellations, we find a legendary domain founded by the Foucault brothers, Clos Rougeard; the Brézé in white as well as Le Bourg and Les Poyeux in red are waiting for your bids. Another domain that we’re hearing more and more for its Chenins, Domaine du Collier, is represented here by its great 2015 vintage. Let’s get closer to the mouth of the Loire as we approach Anjou. The wines of Richard Leroy are real showstoppers; Les Noëls de Montbenault is up for auction as well as Faye d’Anjou (Côteaux-du-Layon). Another great estate, Mark Angeli’s Ferme de la Sansonnière and its signature cuvée La Lune, is here in its 2016 vintage. Let’s finish our tour of the Loire with Nicolas Joly’s flagship La Coulée de Serrant, which we are delighted to be able to offer you in ready-to-drink vintages: 1989, 1995, 1999 and 2010.

More top picks

This auction is full of superb bottles from the other great French regions and beyond, too. Bordeaux is timeless, and Pomerol’s Château Pétrus is available in its mature 1983 vintage, as well as the more recent 2016 and 2017. Moving on to the left bank, we find the first five grands crus classés: Châteaux Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild, available in numerous vintages.

The very confidential Burgundy region has some of its finest climats in store, starting with the mythical Cros Parantoux, a tiny parcel of Vosne-Romanée 1er cru planted by Henri Jayer. The signature cuvée of Domaine Méo-Camuzet in its remarkable 1999 vintage is sure to be hotly contested. Similarly, the 1985 Musigny by Comtes Georges de Vogüé makes an exciting appearance. Note the presence of many bottles from the crème de la crème that is Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, an estate whose famous winemaker recently retired.

Let’s go south to the Rhône, first of all its northern climes, with Jean-Louis Chave’s Hermitages in the 2007, 2010 and 2017 vintages. Further south, in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the late Henri Bonneau’s cuvées feature in large numbers this time around, including the flagship cuvées (Marie Beurrier and Réserve des Célestins).

Sommelier’s secrets

These bottles are the big names to-be, the cuvées with an intrinsic value far higher than their (current) price tag.

As a special feature on the Loire, let’s start this selection with the 1999 Quarts-de-Chaume from the Baumard estate, sweet wines that combine opulence, aromatic complexity, purity of fruit, and freshness brought by the natural acidity of the white Chenin. Less well known than Clos Rougeard, Domaine Guiberteau also farms plots of land in the commune of Brézé (Saumur); the result is a full-bodied Chenin Blanc with great harmony and superb acidity. The 2009 Mal Lune cuvée from Ferme des Sept Lunes is up for auction, a great white from the Rhône in an unusual vintage with a pleasing price estimate. A few bottles from Romain Le Bars in Tavel (formerly of the Domaine de l’Anglore) are to be found, too. The great Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the too often forgotten Château de Montfaucon are also up for grabs. One last domain to follow closely is Bott-Geyl in Alsace, and here its Gewurztraminer from the Furstentum grand cru in 2005.

You’re spoilt for choice! You can explore the full auction and get bidding here.

 

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