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.
But great wines will always be great and drinking these wines now from a fine vintage, rewards with a wonderful experience. I adore the style - great vintages are perfectly in balance, with beautiful tertiary and complex flavours. The acidity is often prevalent enough to lift them and pairs perfectly with Christmas food. This is a rare opportunity to find out why Bordeaux is such a special part of the world, taken for granted as wines are drunk so young these days.
The bottles on offer have been stored in perfect conditions, there is some damage to the labels, but the colour and levels are on point. There are many that stand out, but the wines from 1970 excite me having had many great experiences from this vintage. I also have a keen eye on the Talbot 1966 for the Christmas lunch this year.
The wine department wish you all a very happy Christmas and many great wine experiences over the next month.
Thursday 8 December | 10.30am GMT
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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