The “Origins” auction concluded with a result of CHF 5,8M (€5,5M)
By Julie Carpentier
The auction included a particularly rare and prestigious collection of 1’892 bottles of Grands Crus from Burgundy and Bordeaux, patiently assembled over a thirty year period by an eminent art and wine collector in Switzerland.
With 91% of sold lots, the sale reflects the market’s interest in rare wines, in particular the great wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Armand Rousseau and Bordeaux premiers grands crus classés (Château Lafite-Rothschild). The results gave pride of place to the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines, represented by a series of superb bottles and large formats that the vendor had acquired directly from the official importer of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Switzerland.
In the dining room, one could distinguish the presence of wine lovers who had travelled a considerable distance in light of the rarity and quality of the wines offered for auction. A clientele from Switzerland, Europe and Asia were gathered in the sumptuous setting of Hotel Beau-Rivage.
Michael Ganne, Executive Director of Baghera/wines about the March 1, 2020 auction:
“It is extremely rare to find at auction a collection so perfectly and meticulously assembled, carefully documented and preserved in perfect conditions at Geneva’s FreePorts, which was fully appreciated by our clientele. We note a significant involvement of buyers via live bidding, online auctions, which produced a wonderful synergy with the gathering.
Lot 123, representing a bottle that is absolutely impossible to find on the market, aroused a great deal of interest due to its rarity, and its achieved price at CHF 216’000 represents a world record for a 1979 Romanée-Conti methuselah. This illustrates the extent to which fine and rare wines remain exceptional products on the market and are, whatever the context, ardently sought-after gems”.