Top auction picks | Auvenay, Jamet, Alexandre Bain, Bernaudeau and more

8,000 bottles await wine lovers in search of fine bottles to enrich their collection. From Italy and its prestigious Tuscan vineyards to the unmatched Burgundy, well-established Rhône estates to the Loire icons of tomorrow and the atypical producers in Auvergne.

Italy, a favourite for its northern vineyards

While Tuscany, famous for its Super Tuscans, is represented here by names such as Tenuta di Valgiano, Piedmont is another focus of attention in this auction. The number of Barolos and Brunello-di-Montalcino cuvées in this selection proves the point, featuring some stunning mature vintages. The local noble grape variety, Nebbiolo, is aged for a particularly long time and is made to be kept for a very long time.

Barolo DOCG Bussia Cicala 1978 from Aldo Conterno

Barolo DOCG 2019 from Bartolo Mascarello

Burgundy, the reign of Auvenay

It’s no surprise that the Auvenay estate owned by Lalou Bize-Leroy is leading the way for Burgundy, and there are some great opportunities to bid on the domain’s white cuvées.

Chevalier-montrachet 2001

Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Folatières 2014

Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Enseignères 2013

Rhône: Rayas to the south, Jamet to the north

Will Rayas ever let go of the crown? All the finest bids are promised to this southern spot of the Rhône valley. Numerous vintages await wine lovers who have the choice of bottles to uncork now or to let rest in the cellar.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 from Rayas

In the north, Côte-Rôtie is home to Jamet, represented here with a superb 1990 Côte-Rôtie.

Other fine signatures to watch out for:

A magnum of Cornas 2016 from Auguste Clape

A bottle of Cornas Reynard 2012 from Thierry Allemand

A magnum of Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux 2017 from Domaine de Marie et Pierre Bénetière

Loire, between Chenin and Cabernet Franc

If Clos Rougeard is still making a name for itself with many tasty bottles of Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg, Edmond Vatan, who left us in January, is certainly worth considering for superb quality. And, because the Loire is the new El Dorado of white wines, we should mention the names Bernaudeau, Richard Leroy, Dagueneau and Alexandre Bain.

Saumur-Champigny 2005 du Clos Rougeard

Sancerre Clos La Néore 2010 by Edmond Vatan

Stéphane Bernaudeau’s Vin de France Les Nourrissons 2019

Magnum of Vin de France L d’Ange 36 mois d’élevage 2014 by Alexandre Bain

Vin de France Les Noëls de Montbenault 2017 by Richard Leroy

Auvergne, a paradise of French wines

South of the Loire, Auvergne is truly a paradise for natural wines from producers who have chosen to leave their appellation. Vignoble de l’Arbre Blanc, Daniel Sage and Jean Mauperthuis await the discerning wine lover.

You’ll find the full selection here – happy bidding!


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