Auction Report: top mature vintages from Bordeaux to Loire take the lead

iDealwine’s latest auctions ended on January 27. Mature vintages from all regions were much in demand. Here are the full details.

Current AuctionBordeaux’s oldest vintages once again forged ahead. Château Latour in particular stands out with its 1970 vintage selling at €960 (+50%) and its 1995 at €672 (+19%). It was the same story for Lafite with a 1950 going for €1380 (+49%). Even « humbler » vintages from Petrus soared in price with the 1977 reaching €1260 (+30%). Two other trends are worth noting after this sale. First of all, Mouton Rothschild is still the most sought-after Premier Cru Classé, and this goes for its top wine and its second, le Petit Mouton (the 2010 sold for €140 a bottle). Secondly, more recent vintages such as the 2009 and 2010 are also starting – gradually – to move upwards again.

Mature vintages from Burgundy also achieved good prices. A 1976 Gevrey Chambertin Premier Cru Clos Saint Jacques from the Clair-Daü estate registered €324 (+120%), and for white wines, a 1992 Chablis GC Valmur from the Raveneau estate reached €324. With Burgundy wines, the rareness factor is also influencing more recent years. The two Romanée Conti Échézeaux vintages listed in the catalogue, 2011 and 2012, both saw a sharp increase in price with the 2011 selling at €960 (+23%) and the 2012 going for €840 (+53%).

Mature vintages from the Rhône Valley were in demand too. A 1989 Rayas leapt up to €900 (+80%); while a Henri Bonneau Cuvée Réserve des Célestins from the same year went for €630. A 1991 Hermitage from the Chave estate traded for €300 (+104%) – this was a superb year for this appellation – . There was success too for Gentaz-Dervieux Côte-Rôtie, with a 1990 selling at €960 (+33%).

When it came to Loire wines, connoisseurs were on the hunt for Clos Rougeard at any price. This caused prices for older vintages to rocket – where these were not already in line with the levels achieved by more recent vintages. A 1988 Poyeux saw its price jump from €60 to €330, while the 1985 sold for €510. The 1989 Chinon Clos de la Dioterie from the Charles Joguet estate also went for a high price, reaching €162 (+50%). And let’s not forget the Cuvée Franc de Pied 2012 from the Roches Neuves estate in Saumur-Champigny (€55) and the Saumur Brézé 2009 from the Guiberteau estate (€68). For Languedoc, a (rare) Magnum from the Grange des Pères estate 2009 vintage now sells for €314 (+19%).

A vertical of Dom Pérignon vintages

On the Champagne market, bidding for bottles of Dom Pérignon was at a sustained rate across the vintages, with the Cuvée Oenothèque 1996 in particular standing out (€384). A rare vertical including 15 of the finest vintages from between 1980 and 2004 was also sold to a French enthusiast for €2550 (+5%). The most emblematic results in this auction include a Magnum of 1996 Cristal Roederer, sold for €684 (+30%), and the ever rising Taittinger Cuvée Comtes de Champagne. Lesser names, including Egly-Ouriet, Gosset and Moncuitwere were also in demand.

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