Whilst there are plenty of wines that can be enjoyed in their youth, it’s clear that many simply get better with age. This is the case for a whole host of fine wines that develop all their brilliant complexity and nuance during the years spent in the cellar. Here we have quite a selection of mature vintages, many of which are ready to be uncorked; the perfect way to enjoy a wine at its peak without the long wait!
Special catalogue: mature cuvées Made in Italy
There are three special catalogues in this auction, and they each put fine Italian names at the heart of their offer. One of the country’s most famous wines, and the poster cuvée for this sale, is the super Tuscan Sassicaia, that you’ll find in a range of vintages. Also from Italy are Bertani – producer of great Amarone wines – and Pelissero, a domain known for its excellent Barbaresco. A very special catalogue, indeed, that you can browse at your leisure…until bidding is over!
Burgundy in bloom
Whilst some of the most prestigious wines need at least 20 years to reach their full potential, some of Burgundy’s big names can become exceptional in a shorter space of time. Some wines that falls into the former category would be Domaine d’Auvenay’s 2000 Chevalier-Montrachet and the Mazis-Chambertin from the same year. The 2008 Musigny from Georges Roumier should also be ready to drink very soon. White wines can age wonderfully, too, so one of our highlights is the 1996 Corton-Charlemagne by Leroy, a gorgeous cuvée that’s at perfect maturity. As for the Burgundies at a more approachable starting price, don’t miss out on the 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Les Cents Vignes from Domaine des Croix or the 1996 Chambolle-Musigny by Geantet-Pansiot.
Bordeaux at its best
This classic region is clearly one of the best-placed for mature wines, with some of them bottled many decades ago. Some of the oldest in this auction include a 1958 Mouton Rothschild, a 1960 Château Margaux, and a 1954 Carbonnieux. Wines of this age are a bit of an acquired taste, though, so if you’d like something slightly younger, we recommend the 2004 Petrus, 1990 Angélus, and the 1991 Le Pin, for example. And again, there are some Bordeaux bottles that are likely to go for pleasing prices, including Sauternes like the 1996 Sigalas Rabaud, the 2010 Reignac, and the 2009 Cos Labory.
From the Rhône, ready-to-drink Rayas
The Rhône’s legendary signature makes a strong appearance in this auction, in the form of 25 different lots! But Rayas isn’t the only name from the region known for its cellaring wines; we’ve also got some 1989 Hermitages from Jean-Louis Chave, among others.
6 top picks
For a glimpse at some more of our favourites…
- Krug Collection 1969
- Sassicaia 2009
- Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg Clos Rougeard 1996
- Grange des Pères 2010
- Sancerre Clos la Neore Edmond Vatan 2006
- Grange des Pères 2002 blanc…
You’ll find the whole auction here – have a look around and get bidding!