Three wines harvested under Louis XV and sold under Emmanuel Macron

Tuesday May 22 2018 by Vitisphere

The sealed bottles have no label. Buyers will be given one at the end of the auction.The sealed bottles have no label. Buyers will be given one at the end of the auction. - Photo credit : Jura Enchère

With their original patina of dust, the 115 lots put up for auction on Saturday 26 May by Jura Enchère encapsulate the history of Franche-Comté. The catalogue ranges from red Arbois dating from 1811 to Arbois pomace brandy from 1943, but the three star bottles of the event are even older – they were bottled in 1774.

The story is picturesque. We are talking about a wine where the vines were planted under Louis XIV, the grapes harvested under Louis XV and which was bottled under Louis XVI,” commented auctioneer Philippe Etievant (Jura Enchère). He added: “There was no ‘clavelin’ style bottle then, these are shaped like Champagne bottles and have markings typical of the Vieille-Loye glass factory, in the forest of Chaux”.

Louis Pasteur

Stored in a barrel that was probably forgotten for a number of years, the bottles were kept by eight generations of the Vercel family in their cellar in Arbois.

The present-day legend of this long-standing winery was established during two tastings, in 1992 and 1994. With scores averaging 9.4/10 among the 24 judges of the second tasting, comments referred to wines whose finesse and breed were incredible considering their great age. An experience “that should be repeated in a century” claimed one of the judges at the time.

Estimate: €15 000

Lots 107, 108 and 109 have current estimates of €15,000 a bottle, said auctioneer Brigitte Fenaux. A deliberately low estimate, considering that the previous bottles from 1774 sold at auction for €57,000 - in 2011, during the ‘percée du vin jaune’ - and €38,000 in 2012, at a Christie's auction in Geneva.The sealed bottles have no label. Buyers will be given one at the end of the auction.

 

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