Top auction picks | The blue-chip club featuring DRC, Leroy, Petrus

This sale brings together the best of the world’s most prized wines, from Burgundy with the DRC’s Romanée-Conti, and numerous lots from the Auvenay and Leroy estates; from Bordeaux there’s Petrus, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild, and from the Rhone, Jean-Louis Chave’s Cathelin cuvée.

Burgundy

The battle of Burgundy’s greatest estates is between Domaine de La Romanée-Conti and Leroy, who have been neck and neck in our auction results for several years now. In any case, both have bottles up for auction this time with lots such as a 2015 Romanée-Conti and about fifteen other wines from the eponymous estate, as well as a 2009 Richebourg and about thirty other wines from the Leroy estate. Afficionados of the latter, don’t miss the vintages of the very fashionable Domaine d’Auvenay, a legend of Burgundian whites.

Any other icons? We’d count Armand Rousseau, Coche-Dury, Bizot, Georges Roumier (with its 2019 Bonnes-Mares), Raveneau, Leflaive…the list goes on.

Bordeaux

Here, as we know, the king of wines is called Petrus and it features nicely in this auction, with more than fifteen bottles in the fine 1982 and 2015 vintages and even some more mature bottles like 1964. In addition to Petrus, there are also some exceptional lots among the Premiers: Margaux 1990, Latour 1982, Haut-Brion 1961 and even a collector’s item with a Château Latour 1906! Among the other collector’s vintages, let’s also mention two great sweet wines: Rayne Vigneau 1945 and Guiraud 1947.

Finally, for the generous, don’t miss the many large formats in this sale, such as the magnums of Mouton-Rothschild 2010, Lafite-Rothschild 2010 and a rare double-magnum of Château Coutet 1937.

The Rhône

So, this time, what is the most sought-after name in the region? Château Rayas? Maybe, but there is a rarer and even more coveted wine: Jean-Louis Chave’s extremely rare Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin, which even on iDealwine makes all too rare appearances… Offered in the already mature 2003 vintage, we have no doubt that it will attract a great deal of interest. Rest assured, the wines of Château Rayas are also highly desirable in the region and there are plenty in this auction, along with the signatures of Châteaux Pignan and Fonsalette.

Don’t miss the Côtes-Rôties cuvées from Jamet and Marie and Pierre Bénetière as well as the Cornas from Noël Verset, Auguste Clape and Thierry Allemand.

Champagne

The king of Champagne is undoubtedly the Selosse estate, of which nearly thirty lots can be found here. The Salon champagnes are also some of our top-performing favourites, so it may be high time for you to try them…

Elsewhere in France

In the Jura region, we recommend the wines of Pierre Overnoy as well as those from Les Miroirs and Les Murmures. In the Languedoc, treat yourself to a legendary bottle from the Grange des Pères. Finally, in the Loire, don’t miss the rare natural wines of Jardins Esmeraldins or those by Richard Leroy.

Browse the full auction here – happy bidding!

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