Tokaji and its place in History.

Posted in News, Upcoming sales with tags on March 27, 2018 by Bid for Wine

Tokaji Aszu wines have long been revered throughout Europe, and in particular the sweet wines were served in the courts of Louis XIV, Catherine the Great and our own Queen Victoria amongst others.

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The region’s most recent past is equally not immune to historical references. Production was curtailed, vineyards abandoned and the wines rarely exported during the Second World War and throughout the Soviet annexation of Hungary that continued until 1990.

As the fall of Berlin Wall ushered in a wave of democratization behind the iron Curtain, Hungary was once again able to turn back to its historical vineyards around the town of Tokaj.

In an incredibly prescient move The Royal Tokaji Company was the first foreign investor in a newly privatised Hungarian vineyard. Many similar partnerships would follow as the new Hungarian government turned previously state-owned entities into private entreprises. So it was that in 1990, just months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the steady process of revitalizing Europe’s oldest sweet wine region began.

The most revered of the wines was the ethereal “Essencia”, the very essence of the botrytised Furmint grape. Grapes barely pressed but left to ‘bleed’ under the weight of the grapes above them for a few days. The result a nectar straight from the heart of the great, packed full of sugar.

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Fermentation and maturation is long, resulting in a wine of such complexity and yet less than 3% alcohol and over 600g of sugar per litre for the 1999.

Given this process; it is not surprising that The Royal Tokaji Essencia is only made in minute quantities, akin to the very smallest plots in Burgundy. In addition, they are only released in years when the fully botrytised grapes are at their most unctuous.

In 1999, The Royal Tokaji Company released just 1200 bottles of their Essencia, in 500ml bottles. That is just 600 litres of the sweet nectar.

A quick search online will yield very few, if any, stockists. Safe to say that most bottles have been enjoyed in hedonistic evenings, or are carefully resting in private cellars across the globe alongside the great wines of the world.

We are exceptionally pleased that one member has decided to offer their rare bottle on Bid for Wine. Number 1126 for those wondering!

It comes at quite a price, but is one of the most amazing experiences of any wine connoisseur’s life and surely earns its place along side the great Romanée-Conti, Pétrus and Henri Jayer wines.

Royal Tokaji Essencia 1999 in original presentation case, certificate and a crystal spoon from which to sip this extraordinary, historical nectar.

View the wine here…


Looking for…..wines from the land down under!

Posted in News with tags on February 15, 2018 by Bid for Wine


We are being asked more and more for excellent examples of Australian wines from the top tier vineyards.

Our buyers are currently on the look out for good well-stored parcels of these wines, whether in bond or duty paid and ideally in their original packaging.



Chris Ringland
Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
Clarendon Hills
Dutschke Oscar Semmler Shiraz
Fox Creek Shiraz
Greenock Creek
Henry’s Drive Shiraz
Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz
Kalleske Greenock Shiraz
Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz
Mount Mary
Two Hands
Wild Duck Creek
Yarra Yering

We would welcome your lists and advice on pricing and method of sale – whether auction sale – or a managed sale at a fixed price.

Interested vendors can email for a free appraisal of your holdings.

Only the best barrels in the best years! Caymus Special Selection 2014

Posted in News, Upcoming sales on February 14, 2018 by Bid for Wine

Caymus Vineyards have been making wine in the Napa Valley town of Rutherford since 1972. It is a family run business with all members of the Wagner clan involved in the wine production.

The Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. This wine is not produced in difficult years. Cabernets are produced under the winemaking hand of Chuck Wagner.

In his words:

“A rich, dense ruby color hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through to the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise and crème de cassis. On the palate, the wine opens up to reveal an earthiness, with brown spice, cigar box and ripe dark fruits that linger throughout the extracted and long finish. The texture is opulent and rich, yet has a velvety quality with supple density. Rich, fine-grained tannins are balanced with ripe fruit, acidity and oak.”

Pushing the limits of richness and concentration, this Cabernet is enjoyable upon release or improves with aging a decade or more. Fine, luxurious tannins give structure to intense flavours of supple cacao bean, chocolate and dark fruits.

Critical acclaim agrees, the wine is rated over 90 points by various writers and publications.


Bid For Wine are offering 10 cases for sale. Grab a case or two for yourself and enjoy the evolution over the next few years.



September Makes The Wine! Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet 2006

Posted in Upcoming sales on February 12, 2018 by Bid for Wine

The harsh winter weather of 2005/2006 in Burgundy lasted well into early spring and was punctuated by several severe frosts with -15 degrees Celsius registered in Puligny Montrachet just before New Year’s Day 2006.

Frequent but light snow storms meant the ground was never covered for long and the vineyards of Domaine Leflaive were in need of water by the time March delivered almost 15cm of rain. April and May were cool and storms meant that there was a high risk of mildew in the vineyards.

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It wasn’t until early June that, fuelled by a long bout of warm and dry weather, the vine began to emerge from its winter hibernation. Flowering was rapid and the fruit set (veraison) was earlier than what is normal. The grape bunches were fully formed by the middle of July.

August, on the other hand, was cool and damp.

September was exceptionally bright and sun-filled. Temperatures at the daily highs were perfect for the ripening of grapes. The dry weather banished all concerns of botrytis in the vineyards and the perfect ripeness was achieved by September 20th, the day that harvest began in Leflaive’s bio-dynamic vineyards.

Carefully selective picking was key to make sure that each plot was picked at the perfect ripeness. The fermentation of the abundantly ripe Chardonnay was meticulously monitored to retain the balance of freshness to counteract the ripe fruit.

The great wines of Domaine Leflaive are now in their prime and the Chevalier-Montrachet is certainly in that category.

View and Bid now on an exceptional example of the 2006 vintage.

New Ownership at Bid For Wine

Posted in Advice, Site improvements and modifications with tags on February 8, 2018 by Bid for Wine

First and foremost thank you for your patience over the prolonged outage at Bid For Wine.

Consigning and buying functionality has now been restored to the website.

Bid for Wine is also now under new ownership in a partnership between Forum Auctions, London’s newest specialist auction house, and Auction Marketer, a leading supplier of technology to the auction industry.

We look forward to enhancing Bid for Wine’s offerings and will be introducing a number of new features. With your help we will place the Bid for Wine offering back at the forefront of both functionality and user friendliness in the online wine market.

In the coming months we will be bringing enhanced consignment features, a predictive listing assistant and a more curated listing funnel into the site.

In the meantime if you would like to discuss larger consignments for sale at auction or by private treaty please contact Richard Brierley at or call 020 3870 8900.


The Bid for Wine team

A Bid for Wine Update

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2016 by jackpchapman

Dear Bidforwiners,

With the unplanned departure of Chris Hambleton, as communicated to us all last week, I would like to formally introduce Jack Chapman and Dianne Wall who have been working with Chris for the past 12 months.

The Fine Art Auction Group has recently acquired new premises in the heart of St James’s in London from which we will continue to promote our Wine auctions through both Bid for Wine and Dreweatts. Our headquarters in Donnington Priory is now established as a leading regional auction hub and we will continue to build appropriate Wine auctions from this location as well as in London and via Bid for Wine’s operations in Singapore.

Our next auction is on 12th October for which we are currently welcoming consignments and I hope all existing and new clients will take the opportunity of working with Jack and Dianne to continue the success of the thriving Wine Department. We also continue our monthly timed online auctions and hope that customers of Bid for Wine will continue to enjoy selling via the peer to peer site whilst we finalise plans to update it in line with feedback received over the past 18 months.

James Harvey, The Fine Art Auction Group

The Bid for Wine New Listings Email

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2015 by AB

A much loved feature of the BfW site is our daily ‘New Listings’ email (on the few occasions that technology has failed and the email hasn’t been sent I’ve been bombarded with calls and messages like you wouldn’t believe).

Today we’ve added some more options to the email – so if you’re interested in spirits, mixed cases, Loire wines (or indeed anything else, why not update your email preferences.