In Cannes, 755 lots of bottles of wine will be sold according to estimates between 50 and 6000 euros. Initially planned before the national lockdown, the sale will take place online and without public, Internet allowing to retain a large number of amateurs and collectors. The cases of bordeaux will stand out with, in particular, twelve bottles of Primeurs 1988 of the Châteaux Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Cheval blanc and Petrus (5500/6000 euros); twelve Lafite Rothschild 1995 (4800/5400 euros) and six Cheval blanc 2005 (3500/3800 euro). The wines from Burgundy will be present in smaller quantities. Two bottles of chambertin-clos-de-bèze from Armand Rousseau from 2010 (3200/3500 euros) and a jeroboam – 5 litres – from the 1995 Romanée of the Bouchard Père et fils appellation (3000/3500 euros).
For those who prefer white wine and the ones of the prestigious Coche-Dury estate, let us mention the lots of six bottles of meursault, 2008 and 2009 respectively and announced at 2100/2400 euros each. On the side of spirits, will be sold a highly sought after green chartreuse Tarragona, period 1973-1985 (est. 600/700 euros), a very old Grand Armagnac Debroca reserve of 1908 (est. 225/250 euros) as well as old cognacs of the early twentieth century like a bottle of Fine Champagne reserve V.O 1914 of the Château Paulet (est. 300/400 euros).
Under the hammer, spirits are becoming more and more popular with amateurs and collectors. Prices are going up. Winston Churchill used to say, "I got more out of alcohol than alcohol got out of me." The collectors especially get large profits and speculation goes well. The spirits concerned by this trend? Whiskies in the first place, especially the old Scottish single malts. But Scotland no longer has the monopoly of excellence. It competes with whiskies from around the world, which buyers are more interested in, starting with those produced in Japan, such as Hibiki, Yamazaki or Karuizawa. Then came the rums, especially the very old vintages (France is the only country to produce rums, in Martinique), as well as the most classic calvados from Adrien Camut or Drouin and the cognacs and armagnacs from the houses Hennessy or Rémy Martin. Finally, the Chartreuses, liqueurs produced in Isère by the Chartreux fathers, are also very sought after. They are exchanged for several thousand euros, especially those produced in the Spanish city of Tarragona, from 1903 (date of the expulsion of religious congregations under Émile Combes) and until 1989.
Practical information : Fine wines and spirits, Besch Cannes Auction, November Wednesday 11, 2020 at 11 am. Simultaneous sale on the Internet (Drouot Live and Interenchères) and by telephone: 04 93 99 22 60.
Article published on lepoint.fr - Jacques DUPONT and Olivier BOMPAS