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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The region’s most recent past is equally not immune to historical references.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…

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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.

Bidding ending soon – The September Series 2014: Fine Wine, Port, Champagne & Spirits

Posted in Upcoming sales on September 22, 2014 by AB

Our September Series auction offers you the chance to bid on a wealth of excellent wines. With timed auctions ending over a twelve day period, the sale is filled with exciting and hard to find wines from all corners of the globe alongside some rare and interesting spirits in a variety of formats.

Bidding will close on a lot by lot basis from tomorrow Tuesday 23rd September until Saturday 4th October 2014

The full catalogue for this sale can be found here.

Bidding ends as follows:

Tuesday 23rd September:
Lot 1 – 11: Armagnac and Cognac
Lot 12 – 31: Brandy and other spirits
Lot 32 – 42: Whisky
Lot 43 – 58: Port

Champagne Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1995 2 bts Est. £160-200

Wednesday 24th September:
Lot 59 – 60: Port
Lot 61 – 62: Sherry and Madeira
Lot 63 – 85: Champagne and Sparkling wines
Lot 86 – 99: Sweet Dessert Wine
Lot 100 – 101: White Bordeaux
Lot 102 – 116: Red Bordeaux

Thursday 25th September:
Lot 117 – 174: Red Bordeaux


Friday 26th September:

Lot 175 – 190: Red Bordeaux
Lot 191 – 202: White Burgundy
Lot 203 – 232: Red Burgundy


Saturday 27th September:

Lot 233 – 252: Red Burgundy
Lot 253 – 260: Rhone
Lot 261 – 290: Spain
Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 1994 Vieux Telegraphe 12 bts Est. £160-200
Sunday 28th September:
Lot 291 – 311: Spain
Lot 312 – 324: Portugal
Lot 325 – 348: Italy

Monday 29th September:

Lot 349 – 350: Italy
Lot 351 – 364: Germany, Austria and Alsace
Lot 365 – 371: Northern Rhone
Lot 372 – 393: Southern Rhone
Lot 394 – 404: South West France
Lot 405 – 406: French Country Wines

Tuesday 30th September:
Lot 407 – 411: French Country Wines
Lot 412 – 416: Mixed lots
Lot 417: Chile
Lot 418 – 420: New Zealand
Lot 421 – 464: Australia

Wednesday 1st October:
Lot 465 – 522: Australia

Thursday 2nd October:
Lot 523 – 580: Australia

Friday 3rd October:
Lot 581 – 638: Australia

Saturday 4th October:

Lot 639 – 675: Australia