Over 9,000 elite bottles make up this auction, enriched by a special collection from an enthusiast with a penchant for Bordeaux.
Unquestionably prestigious and made to be aged, the crus of Bordeaux are resplendent in this exclusive catalogue from a connoisseur who has been collecting wine since the 1980s. A cellar with a foundation of bottles bought en primeur has been keeping these treasures cool for many long years, and now they are ready to reveal their secrets. The finest all feature, with names including Petrus (1989), Mouton-Rothschild (1989), Cheval Blanc (1990), Latour (1995), Lafite-Rothschild (1990), Haut-Brion (1995), and Angélus (2001). The iDealwine platform is the natural place for these big names to pass through, from one enthusiast who exalts sharing and knowledge to many, many others.
Excellence and rarity: an ideal combination, and one which allows the wine of Burgundy to shine in every auction. This time around, some of the Burgundian highlights include Coche-Dury (1999 Meursault premier cru Les Perrières), Leroy (2008 Romanée-Saint-Vivant), la Romanée-Conti (199 Romanée-Saint-Vivant) and Armand Rousseau (1991 Chambertin Clos de Bèze).
The Rhône and the Loire
The crème de la crème of the Rhône is undoubtedly the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. In this auction, we have Châteauneuf cuvées from Château Rayas (including the 2010 vintage), Henri Bonneau’s Réserve des Célestins, as well as bottles from Château de Beaucastel. As for the steep slopes of Côte-Rôtie, these are nicely represented by ready-to-enjoy nectars such as a 1988 from Domaine de Bonserine, and cellaring bottles like the 2019 Fructus from Jamet.
We can look at the Loire from a different angle, with some beautiful ‘vins de France’ made by Daniel Sage whose cuvées have curious names: Adam Contre le Beefsteak, Abreuver ses sillons, and Passion en forme de cauchemar are just a few example, and their recent vintages are going for quite reasonable prices still, considering the producer’s rising notoriety. For a more mature Loire vintage, there are plenty just waiting to be uncorked, including dessert wines. Highlights include: a 1986 Bonnezeaux from Château de Fesles, a 1976 Coteaux-du-Layon from Moulin Touchais, a 1989 Vouvray moelleux from Clos Naudin, and a 1989 Montlouis crafted by La Taille aux Loups.
Last but not least
Other viticultural regions have some equally lovely surprises in store. Starting with Alsace, you’ll find the 1990 Riesling Clos Sainte Hune from Trimbach, the Jura is represented by a 2015 vin de France Ja Do from Domaine des Miroirs, there’s a 2018 Fleurie L’Ultime from Yvon Métras in the Beaujolais, and the Languedoc has a proud ambassador in a 2001 white and 1996 red from La Grange des Pères.
From Germany, perhaps Keller will take your fancy, this time with a fabulous 2005 Riesling G-Max – a cuvée that tends to draw in the crowds – and an enchanting 1971 Trockenbeerenauslese from Schloss Vollrads.
Finally, if it’s a bit of Italian heat you’re craving, we more than recommend bidding for the 2008 Barolo DOCG Roche Riserva or the 2013 DOCG Roche dell’Annunziata, both from the wonderful Lorenzo Accomasso.