Top auction picks | An eclectic, private collection

This auction contains some beautiful Bordeaux: 2015 Petrus, 1989 Lafleur (Pomerol), 2009 Léoville-Poyferré… Some of these legendary names have come to us straight from the cellar of a private collector. And don’t worry, fans of other regions won’t be feeling left out.

Discover the treasures of this special collection

The private catalogue offered by this seller contains no less than 484 bottles. With half-bottles, classic bottle, magnums, double-magnums, and even a Salmanazar, fans of generously sized cuvées will undoubtedly be pleased to see what this collector has in store for us. “Where does my passion for wine come from? Well, I work in real estate, and my business led me to meet wine-making families on their properties, well before I really appreciated the product. I found that I got on really well with these people; to begin with, I bought their bottles to make them happy, thinking I might enjoy them in a few years’ time. In time, I got more into wine, I tasted often, I signed up for a tasting club and spent time in vineyards around France. From then on, I got into the habit of buying myself a few bottles a month, some of them rare, some more accessible. Now, at the age of 40, I have quite a number in stock. It was when I started planning an extension on my house in order to keep my collection that I realised I might want to sell a few. It was like a game of tetris every time I purchased new bottles. I had already been managing my collection using my iDealwine account, so it was only natural to turn to you when I wished to sell some bottles on.”

The catalogue put together by our collector comprises an eclectic, regional mix of bottles. Not only are the prestigious classics of Bordeaux and Burgundy well-represented, but there are also cuvées from the Loire, the Rhône Valley, and even Tuscany. Though if you are looking to bid for a Bordeaux, you’ve certainly come to the right place. In any case, there are some big names on the list: Zind-Humbrecht from Alsace, Jean Foillard from the Beaujolais, Méo-Camuzet and Romanée-Conti from Burgundy, Jean-François Ganevat from the Jura, Dagueneau from the Loire, and Château Rayas from the Rhône. From Bordeaux, some of the most notable lots include some magnificent Petrus from 2013 to 2017, and a magnum of 2016 Château Lafleur. Some especially tempting vintages are the 1990, 2005, and 2010 from the likes of Château d’Yquem and Pontet Canet. And which of you will be taking home the glorious magnum of 2013 Château Chasse Spleen?

“I don’t see my cellar as just as investment project. Clearly there’s an element of that, as there are some really good bottles, but I’m always buying wine to enjoy and share with friends and family. In fact, when you first called, I didn’t pick up for that very reason; I was picking some wine in case of a new lockdown. Wine is all about enjoyment for me, it’s full of surprises and good memories.”

A taste of history

A sip of this exceptional magnum of cognac from Bisquit Dubouché will take you all the way back to the year 1898. Another historic vintage can be enjoyed in the form of a three-bottle lot of Rivesaltes from Domaine Amédée de Besbombes Singla. This Roussillon gem is an explosion of flavour and aroma that dates back to the 1945 vintage. Another exceedingly rare treat is the famous Tarragone Chartreuse from the Pères Chartreux, an elixir with a closely-guarded recipe involving no less than 130 plants! In 1903, the monks of la Grande Chartreuse were exiled from France, taking their precious liqueur recipe to Spain with them. These Tarragone bottles were produced for twenty years before the monks could return to their native land. A rich liqueur that tells a story.

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