On Wednesday 14 July, we have our auction of Fine and Rare Wine and Spirits. The auction features wonderful wines, spanning over 150 years from vineyards across the world. Ahead of the auction Mark Robertson, Head of Dreweatts Wine Department, picks out some of the fantastic wines that the auction has to offer.
When asked to suggest some highlights for our next sale, I find it an impossible task and have to imagine the entire auction in front of me and then pluck a few bottles to take home with me that evening.
I would start with the 2004 Krug Clos de Mesnil Blanc de Blancs. 2004 Champagnes are sublime. People talk of the legendary 2002 vintage, which may outlast the 2004, but at the moment the 2004 has it all. I would recommend buying any 2004 vintage before they disappear. They will age beautifully and are just hitting perfection now.
My love of Bonneau du Martray's Corton Charlemagne is well known. I imagine the 1999 is mature now, but retaining that steely mineral core. It should be at its best for the next 5 years. This will be a rich and luxurious chardonnay, but don't just open and pour - a little respect is needed, give it 1-3 hours in a decanter and then serve with something special.
Lot 122: 1999 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, Domaine Bonneau du Martray, 10x75cl | Est. £800-1,400 (+fees)
For red wine, I have always been drawn to Musigny Comte de Vogue. One of the oldest families in Burgundy having owned the domaine for over 500 years, this fabled vineyard is synonymous with the de Vogue's. The 1991 has almost disappeared from market and this might be one of the last chances for me to try it.
Lot 145: 1991 Musigny Grand Cru, Domaine Comte George de Vogue, 1x75cl | Est. £400-500 (+fees)
Finally, I would pick the 1978 Hermitage la Chapelle from Jaboulet. A majestic wine, slow to mature but floats from the glass like no other when fully mature. I love that this vineyard can deliver outstanding wines every year, but very occasionally can produce something truly profound. In 60 years we have seen the 1961, 1978 and the 1990. They are all regarded not just as benchmark Chapelles, but wines that are global icons. When will the next vintage be? Some say never, due to the increase in production in recent years, making more of a reason to try this.
Lot 362: 1978 Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet, 3x75cl | Est. £1,500-2,500 (+fees)
Wednesday 14 July | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
This is a live online auction with an auctioneer.
Please note that we will not be producing a printed catalogue for this sale, but a digital version will be available online.
All wine and spirits are stored off-site. Images of lots for the purposes of condition can be viewed online and should be referred to prior to bidding. Descriptions, ullages and conditions of wines are described as correctly as possible at the time of the publication of this catalogue. Purchasers of old wines must assure themselves regarding ullage levels, labels etc. No returns will be accepted.
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