Burgundy charity wine auctions in Paris raise close to 120,000€ for Japan
The Ambassador of Japan M. Yasuo Saito, a Chevalier du Tastevin, introduced Acte I of the sale at the Hotel Bristol on Wednesday night.
In an act of “solidarity, generosity and sharing” 2,300 bottles of wine were donated directly from the cellars of domaines, merchant houses and cooperatives in Burgundy.
Sophie Meunier, President of the association Mosaique Bourgogne International said “Wine has no borders and its conviviality is consumed without moderation …”
The lots that raised the most excited bidding at Le Bristol, at relatively moderate prices, were Coche-Dury Meursault 2009 two bottles for 380€, Clos de Tart 2007 magnum 300€, Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin 2007 6 bottles 600€, Ramonet Montrachet 2008 jerobaum at 1,800€, and for 1000€ Maison Louis Jadot Chambertin Grand Cru 1947 magnum.
Acte II continued at Christie’s last night.
Three magnums of Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru Santenots-du Milieu 2005 sold for 480€, twelve bottles of Maison Champy Corton-Charlemagne 2009 1,400€, a trilogy of A. F. Gros Richebourg 2006, 2007 and 2008 for 750€, and twelve bottles of Comte Georges de Vogüé Musginy Vieilles Vignes three each of 2006, 2007 and 2008 for 5,500€.
The two highest selling single bottles were Dujac Clos de la Roche 1978 at 8,500€ and DRC Romanée Conti 1971 13,000€.
Successful bidders included Laurent Brelin of the Caves Madeleine restaurant in Beaune, Philippe Séré proprietor of the cave and bar Ambassade de Bourgogne in Paris, and George Dos Santos the Flying Sommelier of Antic Wine shop in Lyon. The wives of Brelin and Séré are both Japanese, and helped organize the charity wine auction with Mosaique Bourgogne. Brelin will keep the three lots he bought at the Bristol for his private cellar rather than his restaurant cave.
Séré bought many lots at Christie’s for his personal and boutique cellars. Dos Santos will keep some of the wines for his private cellar, include a few in his wine shop, but he has already organized to sell on certain bottles donating the profits for ongoing aid to Japan.
Anthony Hanson MW, senior wine consultant at Christie’s was very pleased with the prices and 21,000€ raised at Le Bristol sale, and his hopes for even more bidding and better results at the second auction at Christie’s realized 75,130€.
The lots 672 to 739 added to the annual September Christie’s Fine Wine auction, had special conditions of sale including no buyers premium and no reserve prices, to benefit Mosaique Bourgogne International.
Mosaique had already raised 23,400€ from an on-line sale last June, the total including the 21,000€ and 60,000 from the Paris auctions is now more than 119,500€ for the Japanese Red Cross.
Paris 23 September 2011