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announcing: fine and rare wines and spirits, 26th July

Fine Wine & Spirits

Mark Robertson, Head of Dreweatts’ Wine department, presents highlights from the forthcoming auction Fine and Rare Wine and Spirits which takes place on 26th July.

From Chile to the Crimea and spanning three centuries, the July sale is bursting with the fabled, the fantastic, even the misunderstood and peppered with rarities, oddities and curiosities. It can only be described as a wine lovers’ sale.

This auction has a number of beautiful wines, notably red Burgundy from 2008, a low-yielding and invariably inconsistent vintage, but, over time these wines prove themselves to be of great purity and elegance. They are now hitting their stride and will age gracefully for the next twenty years or even longer.

This is a superb opportunity to acquire wines from Rousseau, Dujac and Fourrier.

Showing right, from left to right:
Lot 126, 2008 Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru Clos St Jacques, Domaine Rousseau
Est. £2,200-3,200 (+ fees)
Lot 125, Clos de La Roche, Grand Cru, Domaine Dujac
Est.£1,800-2,200 (+ fees)
Lot 127, 2008 Gevrey Chambertin, ‘Aux Echezeaux’, Vielles Vignes, Domaine Fourrier 
Est. £330-430 (+ fees)

Lot 237, 1995-1999 Hermitage, Domaine JL Chave
Total 11 x 75cl
Est. £1,200-1,800 (+ fees)

With multiple vintages of Domain Chave, the Hill of Hermitage plays a starring and central role in the sale. It has been said that, “people never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves”. With this thought in mind, Domain Chave has been making wine on the Hill since the 15th century and it is no surprise that Jean-Louis Chave is regarded as one the finest wine makers in the world. For those who enjoy comparing vintages, there is a sensational selection of wines dating from 1995 through to 1999. Hermitage certainly requires patience, it can start out life as an ugly duckling, but, when mature it rightfully sits at the top table.

The auction is a unique chance to own and celebrate an extraordinary French wine icon.

Lot 386, 1983 Barca Velha, Douro
Est. £1,200-2,200 (+ fees)

1983 Barca Velha, from the Douro Valley, is a rarely seen wine, and although I have to confess I have never tasted it myself I have always coveted it. It is apparently Sir Alex Ferguson’s favourite wine and I can only assume it holds magical properties for dealing with stressful situations.

Four of the five Douro grapes are to be found in this blend. The vineyards at a lower altitude provide the wine’s structure, whereas those on the upper slopes impart acidity. Like its fortified cousin, only the finest vintages are released for sale and just 19 vintages have been offered for since 1952.

This is an incredibly special and enigmatic wine and its appearance at auction this July is a truly rare event.

Lot 221, 1985 Chateau Fonsalette (Rayas), Cotes du Rhone
Est. £200-300 (+ fees)

And, finally, I am often asked what I would buy from our sales for myself. Sitting here at my desk and not knowing what I am going to eat tonight, if I was to choose two wines to take home for supper they would be:

Lot 68; 2011 St Aubin, 1er Cru La Chateniere, Domaine Pierre- Yves Colin-Morey

Lot 221; 1985 Chateau Fonsalette (Rayas)

On the day of the sale itself we will be serving a chilled glass of rosé in the stunning gardens of Donnington Priory and we would be delighted to see you there.

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Using a global platform of live and online sales, buying and selling with Dreweatts’ Fine Wine and Spirits department presents collectors with the opportunity to sell or acquire either rare single bottles, individual cases or whole collections.

We offer professional and independent advice on both selling and buying wine and our strict commitment to provenance and service is the cornerstone of what we do.

All wines offered for sale are stored under temperature controlled conditions in specialist warehousing and we can arrange collection and delivery.

AWRS reference number: XJAW00000110957



Mark Robertson

Mark Robertson

Head of Wine Department

Dianne Wall

Dianne Wall

Wine Department Administrator

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