Imagine going to Burgundy, tasting from every barrel of your favourite top grower’s grand cru, and saying “okay, that one. It’s the best barrel of the lot. Bottle that one for me.” Let’s say in fact that it is just a half barrel, selected away for separate bottling – Roumier’s best little piece of Bonnes-Mares, made from a small patch of old vines that every year seem to yield something particularly special.
Would that appeal? How much more do you think that would cost you?
Interestingly, Germany’s top riesling producers do exactly that.
Each year they make minuscule quantities of ‘auction’ cuvee wines – from the oldest vines, from the little parcel that had the most pristine botrytis that year. Instead of blending these jewels in with the rest, they get bottled separately and then sold at a special auction in Germany each September. We attend the auction, taste the wines and make our selections.
Having now attended these auctions for many years, it is clear that interest is on the rise, and with it, prices. This is entirely understandable for a region making some of the best white wines on the planet, and offering the very best by auction in tiny quantities. We still have stock of some of the wines sold in 2015, 2014, an 2013, and have them on our list at prices that have slid behind where the market has moved to. For now – in this offer – we can keep these historic prices open to you, but not for long…