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Fine Bordeaux bottles from 1945, 1961 and 2000, cuvées from Burgundy and the Rhône in vintages from the 2000s, vintage champagnes…Fans of mature wine couldn’t dream of more.

The best Bordeaux growths and an incredible vertical of Mouton-Rothschild

From Bordeaux, we should begin by telling you about an incredible vertical of 53 bottles from Château Mouton-Rothschild, covering the vintages 1962 to 2012. This means some of the most legendary of the property’s vintages are included such as 2010, 2000, and 1982. Something to interest collectors and afficionados of the estate, we hope!

2020 has been a trying year, so what would you say to a little trip back in time to the beautiful vintage that was the year 2000? You will find premiers crus classés such as Les Carruades from Lafite-Rothschild, grands crus classés such as Léoville-Barton, as well as other, emblematic properties from the right bank, including Château Lafleur, Château Hosanna, and Cheval Blanc.

Some notably mature vintages include: a magical 1945 Rieussec, a 1959 Yquem, a 1954 Latour and a Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste from 1961. Wines that you won’t be quick to forget.

When it comes to good deals, there are several crus bourgeois in the running, all of them at a perfect stage of maturity. This is a selection completed with the welcome inclusion of some second wines from the likes of Château d’Issan (the Blason cuvée) and Les Fiefs from Lagrange.

DRC, Liger-Belair, Armand Rousseau, Clos de Tart, Georges Roumier: the best of Burgundy

Some of the mythical Burgundy bottles waiting in this sale include a 2000 magnum of La Romanée by Comte Liger-Belair, Grands-Echezeaux from 1988 and 1989, as well as a 1985 Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru Clos Saint-Jacques from Armand Rousseau.

Don’t forget that Burgundy cuvées often reach their peak earlier than those from Bordeaux. For example, a 2010 Musigny from Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier or a 2014 Montrachet from Les Comtes Lafon will be delicious to enjoy from today.

Fans of Burgundian Chardonnay might like to explore the numerous lots from Etienne Sauzet, Arnaud Ente and Coche-Dury.

Château Rayas & Co out in force

We have over a hundred lots from the star of the Rhône, Emmanuel Reynaud, whose inimitable style is the embodiment of finesse. You’ll find several cuvées from the 2000s (including the excellent 2007), as well as la Pialade, Pignan, and Château des Tours. One of our favourite rosés, Parisy, also features!

Some of the regions other stars await, with cuvées from Marcel Juge and Auguste Clape (Cornas), Guigal, Jamet (Côte-Rôtie), Hneri Bonneau (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)…we’ll let you explore the rest!

Fans of the trendiest natural wines should note the presence of lots from Domaine de La Grande Colline (Hirotake Ooka) that are gaining in popularity.

Mature, vintage champagnes

You don’t need to wait for a festive occasion in order to enjoy a glass of bubbly. In fact, a nice little dinner in close company can be the perfect opportunity to open a special bottle.

The most noteworthy bottle of this kind in the current sale is Salon’s 1966 brut cuvée. This is a champagne with a unique style; powerful, fresh, chalky, elegant, and incredibly long-lasting on the palate. There are also other vintages of the S cuvée available. And those of you who like Bollinger’s style should keep an eye out for the various lots of their famous R.D. cuvée.

As for the non-vintage champagnes, Selosse is featured as well as Krug’s finest cuvée. We also have appearances from increasingly coveted signatures like David Leclapart, Georges Laval and Bérèche et Fils, domains that are bound to please enthusiasts with an eye for what’s trendy.

The crème de la crème of non-French wines

Auctions are a good reflection of current tastes in the wine community, and we’re seeing interest in fine, non-French wines go up and up as time goes on. Our second October auction won’t disappoint on this front, offering a range of cuvées from various countries.

From Italy, taste the famous Masseto from Tenuta dell’Ornellaia in its 1998 vintage or become the owner of a prestigious case of Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). Otherwise, you might be tempted by one of the numerous lots from Rinaldi.

And from Germany, we have sweet wines from the legendary Egon Müller (Riesling Scharzhofberger Eiswein from 1995 and 1998).

You’ll find the links to the full catalogue below!

Happy bidding!

Link to the auction online

Auction Catalogue:
18/11/2020 – 10H00 : Porto & Spiritueux 1840-2011
18/11/2020 – 10H30 : Misc. French Wines 1986-2019
18/11/2020 – 11H00 : Champagne 1966-2017
18/11/2020 – 11H30 : Alsace Jura 1976-2019
18/11/2020 – 12H00 : Loire 1947-2019
18/11/2020 – 12H30 : Burgundy 1976-2010 – White
18/11/2020 – 13H00 : Burgundy 2011-2018 – White
18/11/2020 – 13H30 : Burgundy 1970-2001 – Red
18/11/2020 – 14H30 : Burgundy 2002-2009 – Red
18/11/2020 – 15H30 : Burgundy 2010-2014 – Red
18/11/2020 – 16H30 : Burgundy 2015-2019 – Red
19/11/2020 – 10H00 : Autres vins Etranger 1964-2018
19/11/2020 – 10H30 : Piémont Toscane 1964-2016
19/11/2020 – 11H00 : Rhône 1949-2007
19/11/2020 – 11H30 : Rhône 2008-2013
19/11/2020 – 12H00 : Rhône 2014-2019
19/11/2020 – 12H30 : Bordeaux 1945-2016 – White
19/11/2020 – 13H30 : Bordeaux 1954-1989 – Red
19/11/2020 – 14H30 : Bordeaux 1990-2000 – Red
19/11/2020 – 15H30 : Bordeaux 2001-2007 – Red
19/11/2020 – 16H30 : Bordeaux 2008-2017 – Red

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