Red Bordeaux is unrivalled in terms of number of lots. There are more than 40 vintages up for auction this time around, starting with one of the 20th century’s legendary vintage years – the Indian summer vintage of 1947. Scotch whisky comes in second, with a good many rare bottlings, both from classic and less well-known distilleries. There is also a more unusual blended whisky that is steeped in equal parts mythology and history – a World War II bottling from Delva. White wines are dominated by France: Alsace, Bourgogne, Jura and, of course, Sauternes, represented brilliantly by Château Yquem 1945 and 1959.
Although Bourgogne and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti account for a number of the auction’s star lots, the May auction still has plenty to offer those of you who are interested in classic Rhône wines. With a collection of wines from the area’s top producers, there is plenty here to capture and hold your attention, both from southern and northern Rhône. There is an emphasis on the years either side of 1990. An important period for the area, with northern Rhône in particular re-establishing its position as one of the world’s top wines. In addition to the very best from Côte-Rôtie: Guigal’s three La La wines, in a series from 1985 to 1996, there are lots from renowned producers such as Chapoutier, Jaboulet, Clape, Beaucastel and Rayas, with the latter represented by a number of vintages in both red and white.
The viewing starts on May 4th. Auction May 14–16.
Johan has 30 years’ experience of exclusive wines, drinks tastings, and advising on wine storage. He is also the author of “Olivoljeguiden” (The Olive Oil Guide) and has worked both as a consultant in the food industry and a sommelier. Johan values wines ahead of the auctions.
Patrik is a whisky enthusiast, back in the early 1990s he was one of the co-founders of the now closed Stockholm Single Malt Society. He has 20 years of experience from Systembolaget including tutoring drinks tastings since the early 2000s. Patrik is also a published archaeologist.
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