A wine story of epic substance
A beautiful day in Bordeaux - Lots 1 to 410
On a beautiful day in June 2005, under the sweltering heat of Bordeaux, I met the collector for the first time. Our shared passion for the great Bordeaux wines led to a lengthy discussion about his wine cellar and the importance of proper storage.
Since 2005, I have had visiting this magnificent cellar several times, which he specifically designed to house all of his treasures, acquired personally from Bordeaux châteaux and wine merchants. Such rare bottles are not obtained without building a special relationship with the châteaux.
The cellar was purpose-built over 40 years ago with special insulation designed to maintain humidity between 70 and 80%, and of course, a constant temperature of 11°C, with no room for error. The wines were kept under optimal storage conditions in this perfect cellar in southwestern France until they were transported to Geneva. Having tasted a few bottles from this cellar, I can assure you that the wines have retained a youthfulness that would make Dorian Gray envious!
A beautiful trip in Burgundy - Lots 411 to 523
The Burgundy section of this catalog opens with a splendid selection directly sourced from the cellars of one of the greatest Burgundy white wine domains - Pierre Yves Colin-Morey. Thanks to their outstanding provenance, these wines epitomize the excellence of Burgundy whites (Lots 411 to 443).
Continuing on from this impressive beginning, the subsequent lots are from the cellar of a dear friend who has lovingly collected fine wines for many years. I have spent many delightful evenings in his meticulously controlled cellar in Burgundy, tasting and discussing wines. All the bottles are impeccably preserved, having been collected directly from the producers, never leaving their native Burgundy until finding their way into the secure vaults of the Geneva FreePorts (Lots 444 to 499).
Concluding this catalog of friendship and generosity are two private collections of wines from a Domaine and a winemaker who I truly appreciate for his discretion, philosophy, and, naturally, the exceptional quality of his wines. The small quantities produced by the Domain make them a rare find on the market, and even more so when you discover the more mature vintages where the full complexity of the Côte de Nuits is revealed (Lots 500 to 523).
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