In the 1990’s, Jean-Pierre Besch meets Pascal Kuzniewski, executive banker in Monaco and wine lover. He intends to develop the department dedicated to wines targeting a clientele of enthusiast amateurs, few auction houses being specialized in this field. After a few years of collaboration in parallel of a busy professional life, Pascal Kuzniewski leaves his position as private banking manager to devote himself to his passion. Even if he confesses 2 passions: the “Champagne” area, where he was born, and Burgundy, where he goes regularly, he remains a tough and demanding field man who does not hesitate to travel through all the French wine areas (Bordeaux, Alsace, Rhône valley…) and foreign wine areas (Italy, Spain, Switzerland). He is one of the first wine expert approved by the Sales Council and one of the best connoisseurs of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. His two dimensions atypical career (in Finance and Wines) makes him a man able of providing wise and personalized advice based on pleasure or investment objectives, or both. Recognized expert and bonded by many wine houses, he has been contributing to the renown of the auction house for more than 20 years.
Regularly listed in the Worldwide Top Ten Auction Houses by the magazine “The world of Fine Wine”, Besch Cannes Auction has been ranked number 1 of the French independent wine Auction houses (live / in the auction rooms) in 2016, 2017 and 2018. A dozen auctions dedicated to fine wines and rare and old spirits are organized each year.
At first, all the bottles are seen on the spot, in the cellars of the sellers. Storage conditions are thus all verified to allow better traceability for buyers while maintaining a maximum discretion for sellers. In a second time, the bottles are checked one per one following a detailed and strict process:
The label: lightly damaged, damaged or torn, heavily damaged, lightly dirty, dirty or faded, stained, nicked or trace moisture, tattered, no label
The neck label: damaged or torn, dirty, no vintage neck label
Caps: lightly damaged, damaged or cut, lightly dirty, corroded, dirty, no capsule, sign of seepage
The cork, when it is possible
This process is applied whatever the capacity of the bottle (half bottle, bottle, magnum, double magnum, jeroboam, imperial, mathusalem, or bigger size). When the expert considers it appropriate, he may comment on the appearance of the wine and the content of the bottles. We also take into account the quality of the vintage, the story and past of the bottle and of the wine, as well as the market trends. All these parameters generate significantly different quotes for bottles containing the same wine and the same vintage.
At the beginning, wine is more a safe investment than a speculative tool, but the high demand for some specific wines has changed the situation.
You have to take into account what you like and your budget without excluding the pleasure of discovering new wines. It is important to consult the wines catalogue, to contact the expert to get the necessary information before buying and make the right choice.
The trust of our buyers and sellers has been growing for 20 years: