Top auction picks | Bottles beyond compare

There’s no stopping Burgundy as its top signatures reach unprecedented auction heights! The question today is: how far are wine enthusiasts prepared to go to get their hands on such treasures? We have cuvées from the Auvenay, Coche-Dury and Romanée-Conti estates, the first classified growths of Bordeaux, and emblems from every French region! Here’s an overview.

Prestige, excellence, rarity. All the majesty of Burgundy allowing a new icon to emerge: the Burgundy Aligoté Sous Chatelet 2014 from Domaine d’Auvenay, second property of Lalou Bize-Leroy, a regional pioneer in biodynamic methods. Could Aligoté be Burgundy’s new liquid gold? Well, Chardonnay is still beautifully represented, here in the form of a superb 2015 Corton-Charlemagne from Coche-Dury! Rest assured, Pinot Noir is not to be outdone: a few La Tâche cuvées (1998, 2006, 2008 and 2011) from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti are going under the hammer, too.

Although Bordeaux has recently been dethroned by Burgundy in our auctions, it remains a haven for great wines, sought after all over the world for their complexity, their excellent ageing potential, and the particularity of each of its vintages. Although still quite young, the finest wines are becoming more and more valuable, like the 2009 and 2015 bottles from Château Petrus. In the big league, you will find the dreamy Châteaux Haut-Brion, Pontet-Canet, Lafite-Rothschild, L’Evangile and Léoville Poyferré. A few gems are making their way along the road to excellence, as well, notably Le Puy, Haut Marbuzet and Clos Manou.

Who would mention the Rhône without featuring its flagship domains? Head for Châteauneuf-du-Pape to try the wines of Château Rayas. Otherwise, there’s Château des Tours in Vacqueyras, Auguste Clape and Thierry Allemand in Cornas, Jamet in Côte-Rôtie, Gonon in Saint-Joseph and Bernard Faurie in Hermitage.

The Loire is a real hot spot for natural wines. We can start with Auvergne and its wines by Patrick Bouju, Vignoble de l’Arbre Blanc and Aurélien Lefort. For more classic, but no less exceptional references, explore the vineyards of Sancerre (Clos La Néore by Edmond Vatan, Alphonse Mellot), Pouilly-Fumé (Silex by Dagueneau), Anjou (Richard Leroy) and Saumur-Champigny (Clos Rougeard).

Let’s end this divine litany on a sunny note. Terrebrune, Trévallon and Château Simone await Provence lovers while Clos Canarelli and Venturi as well as Comte Abbatucci are still Corsican stars in the making…and are still accessible!

Happy bidding!

You’ll find the auction online and the full catalogues below

13/10/2021 – 10H00 : Autres Vins Etrangers 1900-2019
13/10/2021 – 10H30 : Vins Espagnols 1950-2014
13/10/2021 – 11H00 : Languedoc Roussillon 1985-2020
13/10/2021 – 11H30 : Champagne 1961-2015
13/10/2021 – 12H00 : Rhône 1964-2008
13/10/2021 – 12H30 : Rhône 2009-2015
13/10/2021 – 13H00 : Rhône 2016-2020
13/10/2021 – 13H30 : Burgundy 1977-2013 – White
13/10/2021 – 14H00 : Burgundy 2014-2019 – White
13/10/2021 – 14H30 : Burgundy 1946-2009 – Red
13/10/2021 – 15H30 : Burgundy 2010-2015 – Red
13/10/2021 – 16H30 : Burgundy 2016-2019 – Red
14/10/2021 – 10H00 : France Autres Vins 1900-2020
14/10/2021 – 10H30 : Alsace Jura 1982-2020
14/10/2021 – 11H00 : Loire 1978-2020 – Red
14/10/2021 – 11H30 : Loire 1969-2020 – White
14/10/2021 – 12H00 : Bordeaux 1950-2016 – White
14/10/2021 – 12H30 : Bordeaux 1937-1989 – Red
14/10/2021 – 13H30 : Bordeaux 1990-1997 – Red
14/10/2021 – 14H30 : Bordeaux 1998-2003 – Red
14/10/2021 – 15H30 : Bordeaux 2004-2009 – Red
14/10/2021 – 16H30 : Bordeaux 2010-2018 – Red

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