Auction Highlights WF60

Morey-Saint-Denis ‘Clos Sorbés’ 1er Cru 2005
Domaine Jacky Truchot, Morey-Saint-Denis
Excellent level, LSTL
R 1 magnum – 1.5ltr
Per lot € 2200 – 3000

Chambolle-Musigny ‘Les Sentiers’ 1er Cru 2004
Domaine Jacky Truchot, Morey-Saint-Denis
Excellent level and appearance
R 3 bottles
Per lot € 2200 – 3000

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Domaine Jacky Truchot is one of the legendary producers in Burgundy. Jacky Truchot is famed for producing incredibly pure and fragrant Pinot Noir from Morey- Saint-Denis. Jacky Truchot retired after the 2005 vintage and sold all except one of his vineyards to David Duband. Jacky kept a small section of his Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Sorbes for his own consumption. 2005 was the last vintage of Jacky Truchot wines that are commercially available.

What is special about Jacky Truchot was he firmly believed in is traditional winemaking style and never changed it from beginning till his retirement. Jacky Truchot wines are old fashioned Burgundies, traditional winemaking – 100% destemmed, no cold soaking, no filtration, not much new oak and high yield on the vineyard. Jacky Truchot did not do any green harvest to reduce yields. His wines are always close to the maximum yield the appelation allows.
All the wines from Jacky Truchot in this auction are acquired directly at the domaine by the current owners.

Domaine Bizot got it’s “Cult” status because of the philosophy behind its owner and wine maker, Jean-Yves Bizot. Bizot who was a geologist and then an oenologist started working at the domaine in 1993 and his first vintage was 1995. According to him, the first thing he did once getting into the wine maker’s shoes was to “unlearn” everything he learnt at school. He adopted a very minimalist winemaking approach. All the domaine’s wines are vinified as whole cluster and the fermentation is done in wooden vats at as low temperature as possible. He uses in most cases no sulfur at all His first vintage without sulfur was 1998. All the wines are aged in 100% new oak.

The only Grand Cru the domaine produces is Échézeaux, and the production is just five barrels. The entire production is bottled by hand barrel by barrel. These wines are built for long aging and require time to open up if drank too early.

Échezeaux Grand Cru 2006
Domaine Bizot, Vosne-Romanée
Excellent level, LSTL
R 3 bottles
Per lot € 2800 – 3600

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Hill of Grace Shiraz 2008
Henschke, Eden Valley
Excellent level and appearance
R 1 bottle (OWC)
Per lot € 440 – 550

Hill of Grace Shiraz 2009
Henschke, Eden Valley
Excellent level and appearance
R 1 bottle (OWC)
Per lot € 420 – 520

Hill of Grace Shiraz 2010
Henschke, Eden Valley
Excellent level and appearance
R 1 bottle (OWC)
Per lot € 420 – 520

Hill of the Grace is the name of both the vineyard and the wine that has become probably one of the best wines from Australia. The Hill of Grace vineyard is about 8 hectares in size, planted predominately but, rather surprisingly, not exclusively to Shiraz. Shiraz accounts for about 7 hectares separated into blocks according to vine age and soil type, but there are also small blocks of Mataro, Semillon and Riesling. The white grapes are used in the Eden valley varietal wines. The Mataro usually has problems ripening sufficiently though occasionally it is included in the Hill of Grace blend. Cyril Henschke created the first Hill of Grace in 1958 from shiraz vines at Hill of Grace vineyard, up to 100 years old. The exceptional quality of the wine combined with the charm of the name captured the imagination of consumers.

Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port comes from a small plot at the heart of Noval vineyard, planted with ungrafted vines of native grape varieties. This is a wine that confirms something that is for me a deeply held belief. A wine is great because of the quality of the grapes, the character of the year and because of the place they come from. These things are far more important than anything we may do either in the vineyard or in the winery. We vinify the Nacional in the same way that the other grapes from the rest of the Quinta do Noval vineyard: foot treading in stone lagares. The result is always something very different for the Nacional wine compared to the wines from the rest of the Quinta. The Nacional Vintage Port is what it is because of the grapes and where they come from, not because of anything particular that we may do in the winery. Its terroir forges its greatness. Christian Seely

Quinta do Noval ‘Nacional’ 1987
Bottled in 1989
Excellent level and appearance
F 1 bottle
Per lot € 340 – 440

Vosne-Romanée ‘Cros Parantoux’ 1er Cru 2014
Domaine Emmanuel Rouget, Flagey-Échézeaux
Excellent level and appearance
R 1 bottle
Per lot € 900 – 1300

The history of Domaine Emmanuel Rouget is forever tied to the famous vigneron Henri Jayer, Emmanuel’s uncle. Henri began to think about the future of his domaine and though he had two daughters, neither of them were interested in making wine. In 1985 he took on his nephew Emmanuel Rouget as his protégé and began leasing some of his vines to him. Over the years, Jayer gave up more and more vines to his nephew.

In 2001, following his retirement, all of his vines went under the control of Emmanuel Rouget. Since 2011, the control of the domaine has passed to Emmanuel’s two sons Nicolas and Guillaume. Nicolas keeps watch over the vineyards while Guillaume is principally in the winery.

Unusual conditions can turn Sauvignon Blanc into a dessert wine. Untypical they may be, but these wines are exciting in their rarity – and as fine as any appelation wine, whatever the authorities say. That is certainly how Didier Daguenau sees it from his vineyards in Pouilly, just over the Loire from Sancerre. But in the extraordinary hot summer of 1990, the last grapes Dagueneau picked had been struck by noble rot, and 5,000 bottles of wine turned out peachily sweet, soft and pungent. Noble rot is nothing unusual on the Semillon grapes of Sauternes, the Riesling grapes of Germany and a few other susceptible varieties, given the right weather conditions. But Sauvignon Blanc grapes are very prone to split as they ripen and develop, spoiling the wine. Didier Dagenau’s “Maudit” was not the first sweet wine to be produced in the Sancerre region, nevertheless half-litre bottles of Dagueneau’s “Maudit” (cursed wine) are now amongst the most expensive vin de tables in the world and Didier Dagueneau mischievously made a deliberately “lousy wine” out of really disgusting, rotten grapes.

Vin de Table ‘Maudit’ 1990
Domaine Didier Dagueneau, Saint Adelain
Excellent level and appearance
R 1 Jennie – 500ml
Per lot € 250 – 450

Romanée-Conti Grand 2000
Domaine de La Romanée-Conti, Vosne-Romanée
Excellent level and appearance
R 1 bottle
Per lot € 15.500 – 18.500

The most legendary Vintage of the winery is the Romanée-Conti. This wine comes from a tiny plot of 1, 8140, this surface is unchanged since 1580, which currently provides 4,000 bottles per year. This parcel was originally named the “cros de Clous” and took the name Romanée in 1631. In 1760, the Prince de Conti has torn a high price to Madame de Pompadour. It was therefore called Romanée-Conti in 1793. Wines from this grand cru are delicate, which challenges winemakers and different tasters. Many do not understand this wine, which is to share in the very closed circle of great wines. Domaine de la Romanée -Conti, is considered one of the world’s most prestigious areas, with a vineyard of 25.5 hectares. The Domaine de la Romanée -Conti that we know today was founded in 1942 by Edmond Gaudin de Villaine. Currently, Aubert de Villaine and Henry -Frédéric Roch are co-manager. This area has become a legend, in fact, the prices of bottles reach new heights.

That Arnaud Ente is rarely seen outside of his vines or cellar is a reflection of his tireless dedication to his métier, and a key to the stellar quality of his wines. For the Entes, it’s not about pursuing the spotlight, although their incredibly sought-after wines have made them stars in the region. Arnaud and his wife, Marie-Odile, work primarily on their own to craft an exquisite range of micro-production white Burgundies from Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. Precision, purity, elegance, and finesse are the best descriptors of the Ente style. Each vine is nurtured through every step of the yearly cycle, and each cru and village wine receives the exact same impeccable treatment; even the “entry-level” Aligoté and Bourgogne Blanc show the layered richness and complexity of a much more sophisticated appellation.

Meursault ‘Clos des Ambres’ 2009
Domaine Arnaud Ente, Meursault
Excellent level and appearance
W 2 bottles
Per lot € 500 – 700

Brunello di Montalcino ‘Madonna delle Grazie’ 2011 (5)
Brunello di Montalcino ‘Madonna delle Grazie’ 2000 (1)
Il Marroneto, Montalcino
Excellent level and appearance
R 6 bottles
Per lot € 500 – 750

The winery, owned by the Mori family since 1974, is now one of the ten most important, famous and historic wineries in Montalcino. Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Selezione Madonna delle Grazie comes from a particular selection of Sangiovese grapes from the historic vineyard located near the thirteenth-century church of the same name. Natural treatments, minimal interventions, traditional vinification, aging in oak barrels: each phase is supported by the passion and expertise of Alessandro Mori, who offers us, five years after the harvest, this Brunello with extraordinary complexity, elegance and longevity, typical of great wines.

The Echézeaux Grand Cru comes from a 1.32-hectare parcel in the lieu-dit of Les Champs Traversins. An exuberantly spicy nose reflects aromas of exotic tea, sandalwood, red and dark currant plus a pretty array of floral elements. The supple and round flavors possess both good volume and richness though not nearly the same minerality on the succulent yet still entirely serious finish that coats the palate with sappy dry extract.

Échezeaux Grand Cru 2003
Domaine François Lamarche, Vosne-Romanée
Excellent level, 4LSTL
R 10 bottles (OWC)
Per lot € 1000 – 1500

Champagne Orpale Grand Cru Assortmentcase
Champagne Orpale Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 1996 (1)
Champagne Orpale Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 1998 (1)
Champagne Orpale Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2002 (1)
Champagne Orpale Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2004 (1)
De Saint-Gall, Avize
Excellent level and appearance
R 4 bottles (OWC)
Per lot € 280 – 380

Orpale is the most complex wine of the Champagne De Saint Gall portfolio. The Grapes come from De Saint Gall’s most sought-after holdings in the Côte des Blancs crus of Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Cramant and Avize. Orpale is always a vintage Champagne, it is the result of what is an unusual practice in Champagne in that a good portion of the grapes used to make this Blanc de Blancs do not undergo malolactic fermentation. This preserves the mineral character of these chalky soils and also allows the wine to comfortably spend an shocking 12 years on lees while being hand-riddled in the deep recesses of the De Saint Gall cellar.

Since 1990 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue has been carefully guided by the De Labarre family who purchased this diminutive property from the owners of Château Cheval Blanc, St. Émilion’s most illustrious wine estate. The De Labarre family wisely retained Cheval Blanc’s winemaker, Bernard Gaudin-Lecourt and solicited the assistance of consulting oenologist Dany Rolland in order to optimize the estate’s potential. The wine is very representative of its vintage. The burgundy color, dark and dense, announces an already complex bouquet that exudes aromas of very ripe grapes (cherry, black currant, plum) and caramelized stave, vanilla. The taste brings a lot of pleasure through its perfect harmony between fruity, spicy, woody flavors, between the body and the structure coupled with silky tannins.

Château La Plagnotte 2000
Saint-Émlion Grand Cru
Excellent level and appearance
R 12 bottles (OWC)
Per lot € 200 – 300