Coming up on Thursday 8 December, we have our auction of Fine and Rare Wine and Spirits. The auction includes a fine collection of mature Bordeaux. Here Mark Robertson, Head of Dreweatts Wine department, tells us more about this wine.
Like a broken record, I often describe our sales as eclectic, but for our December sale, I have taken a shallow dive into the thesaurus and would say that this is much more of a traditional sale, packed to the rafters with fine Burgundy and Bordeaux stretching back decades. Amongst the highlights is a wonderful private collection of mature Bordeaux in stunning condition.
Some of the bottles I have enjoyed most over the years, have been mature Bordeaux from the 1960's and 1970's, despite these being financially difficult decades for Bordeaux and the weather being both cruel and kind. With a little bit of a wild generalisation, this was a time when vignerons were picking when they thought was best, threw it all in a vat and prayed to Bacchus. This resulted in wines that were ambassadors of the vintage rather than that of the more homogenous style we see so often today. What is described today as "challenging but classic" would have been classed as "disastrous" then.
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