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offer of the day – 2019 l’Arlot

By billn on February 11, 2021 #the market

In my inbox – I offer the comparison with the previous prices (in brackets) of the 20018s, 2017s, 2016s, and 2015…
— signifies ‘not offered’

Domaine de l’Arlot

Nuits-Saint-Georges Mont des Oiseaux 1er Cru 2019 75cl — (69.50, 59.00, —, 59.00)* Swiss Francs
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru ‘Hors Ligne’ 2019 75cl — (—, 79.00, —, —)
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de l’Arlot 1er Cru 2019 75cl 89.50 (88.00, 85.00 85.00, 79.00)
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos Forêts St-Georges 1er Cru 2019 75cl 89.50 (88.00, 85.00 85.00, 79.00)
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos Forêts St-Georges 1er Cru 2019 150cl 184.00, (181.00, 175.00, 175.00, —)
Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 1er Cru 2019 75cl 135.00 (129.00, 119.00, 119.00, 109.00)
Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 1er Cru 2019 150cl — (263.00, —, —, —)
Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru 2019 75cl 498.00 (—, —, 486.00, 445.00)

A more compact offering of the domaine’s wines this year.
*Note that an additional 7.7% sales tax is also due, but the delivery cost is included…

la romanée-a-go-go….

By billn on February 10, 2021 #diary dates#the market

Baghera-blog-main-image-Article- la romanee memories

Whilst I’ve had plenty of open questions for wines in multiple sales by this Swiss auction house, Baghera continues to push the boundaries as to what a great sale can be.

Irreproachable sales of the last bottles from the Engel and Jayer estates are now complemented, if not augmented, by this.

An online catalogue will be available on February 18, 2021 for the sale on Sunday 18 April, 2021 – I think that I will try to attend…

“On April 18, as part of its “La Romanée Memories” sale, Baghera/wines will have the immense honour of presenting a set of nearly 2,000 bottles from the cellars of the Maison Bouchard Père & Fils to the public. This extremely rare collection of 1,926 bottles, magnums and jeroboam contains wine in an irreproachable state of preservation withdrawn from a long rest in the Château de Beaune cellars.”

Quote and image above from Baghera

offer of the day – bruno clair – 2017 & 2018s

By billn on February 09, 2021 #the market

From my usual Swiss merchant. In brackets, where offered, are the previous prices of the 2016s:

Domaine Bruno Clair
Marsannay Blanc 2018 75cl 28.00* (Swiss Francs)
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018 75cl 145.00

Marsannay 2017 75cl 32.00
Marsannay Les Grasses Têtes 2018 75cl 39.00
Marsannay Les Longeroies 2018 75cl 40.00
Aloxe-Corton 2018 75cl 46.00

Savigny-les-Beaune Les Jarrons 1er Cru 2017 75cl 48.00
Savigny-les-Beaune Les Jarrons 1er Cru 2018 75cl 48.00
Savigny-les-Beaune La Dominode 1er Cru 2018 75cl 59.00

(Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Fonteny 1er Cru 2016 75cl 115.00)
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Fonteny 1er Cru 2017 75cl 105.00
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Fonteny 1er Cru 2018 75cl 119.00
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru 2017 75cl 139.00
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru 2018 75cl 145.00
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru 2017 75cl 189.00
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru 2018 75cl 215.00

(Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2016 75cl 325.00)
Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2017 75cl 298.00
Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2018 75cl 335.00

(Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2016 75cl 385.00)
Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2017 75cl 298.00
Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2018 75cl 335.00

As opined about the 2016 – the Bèze price was much too high – I don’t know what the ideas were there. So, far from cheap at the top – great wines as they are – for me, I see a lot of value in a mixed-case of (red) Marsannays and the Dominode!
*As always with this merchant – there’s an additional Swiss purchase tax of 7.7% to add, but then the prices are delivered…

offer of the day – olivier bernstein 2019…

By billn on January 21, 2021 #the market

A different Swiss merchant to my usual ‘offers.’ Very much a higher-end range!

OLIVIER BERNSTEIN 2019 – En Primeur

PREMIERS CRUS
Domaine Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux 2019 75cl 286.00 Swiss Francs*

GRAND CRUS
Clos de Vougeot 2019 75cl 528.00
Clos de Vougeot 2019 150cl 1,120
Charmes-Chambertin 2019 75cl 528.00
Charmes-Chambertin 2019 150cl 1,120
Clos deal Roche 2019 75cl 654.00
Clos deal Roche 2019 150cl 1,360
Bonnes-Mares 2019 75cl 795.00
Bonnes-Mares 2019 150cl 1,650
Mazis-Chambertin 2019 75cl 795.00
Mazis-Chambertin 2019 150cl 1,650
Chambertin 2019 75cl 1,200
Chambertin 2019 150cl 2,450
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2019 75cl 1,200
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2019 150cl 2,450

Or how about 1 each of the grand crus – a 7-pack mixed case? Yours for just 5,700 Swiss Francs

*Swiss tax included on these prices.
I did say ‘high-end!‘ It’s a long time since I visited OB; I found the wines superlative, but with prices, like chez Leroy, that are generally out of reach for easy to find AOCs. I contrast that to a domaine like DRC where you can, fairly, argue the same about prices – but for wines that are harder to find, or only available from that domaine, hence, my more regular visits there.

offer of the day – faiveley 2019…

By billn on January 20, 2021 #the market

I missed the 2014s, but here you can see the ‘progression’ of the prices (in Switzerland) for the 12s, 13s, 15s, 16s, 17s 18s and now the 2019s from the same Swiss merchant. The format here for the prices is simple: 2019 (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012) and — if not previously offered…

DOMAINE FAIVELEY 2019 – En Primeur

PREMIERS CRUS
Pommard Rugiens 2019 75cl — (82.00, 75.00, 86.00, —)
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Issarts 2019 75cl 89.00 (—) Swiss Francs*
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 2019 75cl — (85.00, 79.00, 84.00, 78.00, 72.50, 69.80)
Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 2019 75cl 115.00 (105.00, 99.00, 115.00, 98.00, 98.00, 98.00)
Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 2019 75cl 139.00 (139.00, 125.00, 135.00, 128.00, 119.00, 119.00)
Chambolle-Musigny la Combe d’Orveau 2019 75cl 135.00 (135.00, 119.00, 132.00, 124.00, 119.00, 119.00)
Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2019 319.00 (—)

GRAND CRUS
Corton Clos des Cortons 2019 75cl 169.00 (169.00, 149.00, 169.00, 149.00, 139.00, 139)
Corton Clos des Cortons 2019 150cl 343.00 (343.00, 303.00, 343.00, 303.00, 283.00, 283)
Corton Clos des Cortons 2019 300cl 736.00 (736.00, 656.00, 736.00, 656.00, —, —)
Echezeaux 2019 75cl 178.00 (169.00, —, 165.00, 149.00, —, —)
Mazis-Chambertin 2019 75cl 209.00 (198.00, 178.00, 198.00, 179.00, 167.00, 169)
Mazis-Chambertin 2019 150cl 423.00 (401.00, 361.00, 401.00, 363.00, —, —)
Mazis-Chambertin 2019 300cl 896.00 (852.00,776.00, 852.00, 776.00, —, —)
Grands Echezeaux 2019 75cl 229.00 (198.00, 188.00, 208.00, 198.00, 198.00, —)
Latricières-Chambertin 2019 75cl 198.00 (189.00, 165.00, 189.00, —)
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2019 75cl 299.00 (285.00, 249.00, 299.00, 278.00, 249.00, 235)
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2019 150cl 603.00 (575.00, 503.00, 603.00, 561.00, 503.00, 475)
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2019 300cl 1,256.00 (1,200.00, 1,056.00, 1,256.00, 1,172.00, —, —)
Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2019 75cl 895.00 (875.00, 698.00, 745.00, 659.00, 598.00, 598)

Corton Charlemagne 2019 75cl 198.00 (189.00, 189.00, 189.00, 169.00, 169.00, 159)

*There is 7.7% Tax to add in Switzerland, but then these are delivered prices
For a long time, peak pricing chez Faiveley has been the frosted 2016 vintage – we have now returned to, sometimes exceeded, those price levels. Of course, 2019 is a lower volume red vintage with the 2020 following of similar or lower quantities – so don’t expect any respite… I could stop, if I wanted to…

Faiveley joins with Williams Selyem

By billn on January 14, 2021 #the market

There’s not that much news that’s really worth categorising as such these days, but hot into my inbox this morning, I think this is – a new tie-up between Nuits St.Georges and the Russian River Valley:

Faiveley - Williams-SelyemThe Faiveley family has purchased an important minority holding in Williams Selyem Winery, partnering with the Dyson family to ensure the winery continues to thrive for decades to come… …After 23 years running Williams Selyem, John and Kathe Dyson have decided to partner with the Faiveley Family to write the next chapter of Williams Selyem.

Click the linked image (right) for the full info/press release.

offer of the day – bruno clavelier’s 2018s

By billn on December 11, 2020 #the market

Hot off the presses…

Bruno Clavelier 2018:
With the last year’s prices for the 2017s & 2016s (from the same merchant) in brackets:

Bourgogne Passetoutgrains 2018 75cl 22.50* (22.50, —) (Swiss francs)

Vosne-Romanée La Combe Brûlée 2018 75cl 90.00 (80.00, 84.00)
Vosne-Romanée Les Hautes Maizières 2018 75cl 90.00 (80.00, 84.00)

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Corbeaux 1er Cru 2018 75cl 135.00 (120.00, 123.00)
Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 1er Cru 2018 75cl 150.00 (130.00, 137.00)
Vosne-Romanée Aux Brûlées 1er Cru 2018 75cl 150.00 (130.00, 137.00)
Chambolle-Musigny Combe d’Orveaux 1er Cru 2018 75cl 160.00 (140.00, 147.00)

Corton Le Rognet V.V. Grand Cru 2018 75cl 155.00 (135.00, 144.00)

These prices are not delivered but do include the Swiss 7.8% purchase tax.

After a year where the prices dropped, it seems that normal service has resumed!

a voracious appetite…

By billn on November 18, 2020 #the market

Fourrier barrel...The hype of the sale-room? The pent-up demand due to the lack of a Hospices de Beaune auction?

Yes, I know this sale was the day before the cancelled event in Beaune! But you decide…

At the weekend, Zachys held their first-ever wine auction in London. The selection of Burgundy was a good one, but this sale was notable for the possibility to ‘buy‘ a whole barrel (image, right, from Zachy’s catalogue) – of-course, this barrel never leaving the cellar of the producer – and that producer happened to be one Jean-Marie Fourrier.

Nearly 50 lots of Jean-Marie Fourrier’s wines were on offer, all coming direct from the domaine. The barrel in question was Fourrier’s Chambolle 1er Les Sentiers which until 2007, Fourrier had blended into his Chambolle-Musigny Villages. Since 2007, it has been separately vinified – vinified but never sold commercially. Fourrier only ever bottled his Les Sentiers in magnums, which he used as giveaways for friends as gifts, or brought to dinners.

The elevage for this wine was/is in a one-year-old barrel, vinified with 20% stems, to be bottled in the buyers wish for formats, ready for shipment in April of 2021. And the price?

Final price including the buyers premium: £136,400 compared to the pre-sale estimate of GBP £90,000-140,000, I’ll let that sink in…

So assuming no other costs and all bottled in 75cl bottles (let’s assume 300 of them) that works out to just under £455 per bottle for a 1er cru Chambolle – honestly, I’d rather have de Vogüé’s Bonnes-Mares for this price, plus any number from a long list of other wines, though I’d take a couple of these, just for the interest 🙂

offer of the day – Domaine Leflaive 2019…

By billn on October 26, 2020 #the market

As always, from the same supplier each year. Priced in Swiss Francs (chf)
Image courtesy Domaine Leflaive:

DOMAINE LEFLAIVE 2019 – Puligny-Montrachet
In brackets are the prices for 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015 – though most of the 2018 prices are missing (—), sorry …

THE ENTRY WINES
Bourgogne 75cl 55.00* (49.00, 45.00, 42.00, 38.00)
Puligny-Montrachet 75cl 99.00 (—, 89.00, 82.00, 69.00)

PREMIER CRUS
Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 75cl 148.00 (139.00, 128.00, 118.00, 89.00)
Meursault Sous Le Dos d’Âne 75cl 148.00 (—, 128.00, 118.00, 99.00)
Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 75cl — (—, 198.00, 185.00, 145.00)
Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 75cl — (—, 198.00, 185.00, 185.00)
Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 75cl 299.00 (—, 259.00, 245.00, 195.00)

GRANDS CRUS
Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet 75cl 595.00 (—, 498.00, 459.00, 325.00)
Bâtard-Montrachet 75cl 648.00 (—, 565.00, 498.00, 348.00)
Chevalier-Montrachet 75cl 840.00 (—, 695.00, 685.00, 445.00)

*As always the Swiss purchase tax (7.7%) is not included but otherwise, these are delivered prices.

Some of the usual suspects are also missing from this offer. There is (always) only one direction for the prices chez Leflaive. As is always the case, the two entry wines can be benchmarks for their respective labels, but for perspective, you can buy some very great Puligny 1ers for under 100 chf. At least in the most recent vintages – for my tastebuds 2016 onwards – the quality was very fine chez Leflaive but I won’t be able to taste the 2019s this year as the domaine is not accepting tasters until 2021 – maybe – it will depend on the covid…

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