It is with a wonderful story of passion for wine that Baghera/wines proposes to close its 2020 auction season. On December 6, “Kingdoms” by Baghera/wines will be held in Geneva, an auction sale including a very special collection.
Large-format bottles from the collection of Giorgio Pinchiorri, owner with his partner Annie Féolde, of the famous three-Michelin-starred Florentine restaurant, will be auctioned. 24 jeroboams and methuselahs from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti some of the most sought-after jewels in the world, will be presented on this occasion.
Pinchiorri : The story of a life dedicated to the love of wine
For any discerning gourmet, the Enoteca Pinchiorri, nestled in the exquisite Palazzo Jacometti-Ciofi in Florence, resounds like a secret Holy Grail, a gastronomic paradise to be found at least once in a lifetime. For more than 40 years, this palace has also had an essential gem – the work of a lifetime devoted to the enjoyment of wine, that of Giorgio Pinchiorri. The remarkable fate of Giorgio Pinchiorri was sealed as early as 1958 with his entrance into the world of gastronomy and wine. Initially at the helm of the Enoteca Nazionale, with his wife Annie Féolde, he travelled across Italy and built up a selection of local wines.
The acquisition and transformation of the Enoteca Nazionale in 1979 marked a turning point for the establishment, which then became the Enoteca Pinchiorri – thus enabling its owners to enrich the cellar with foreign wines, particularly from Burgundy.
Giorgio’s partner was appointed by the stars to be French. This important detail has helped them to maintain very close links with many Burgundy winegrowers, whether discreet or world-renowned – all of which contributed to expanding the collection of Pinchiorri which is now one of the rarest and most extensive in the world. This lover of wines made the correct choice, worked relentlessly for the defence of oenological heritage in the world, and became a privileged interlocutor for some of the most talented and renowned winegrowers in the world. It is also a passion but also an exceptional flair.
For more than 40 years therefore, every year, for the remarkable and legendary 1985 vintage Giorgio Pinchiorri directly purchased as many Burgundian grands crus as he could, especially.
Michael Ganne and Julie Carpentier, founders of Baghera/wines and auctioneers of the sale jointly observe, “Entering the cellars of Enoteca Pinchiorri is a magical moment in the life of any wine enthusiast. To be entrusted with the transmission of these bottles which are unique in the world and have never before been offered at auction provokes intense emotion. Any learned connoisseur nurtures the dream of one day owning such a collection and the sale of the large formats of the Enoteca Pinchiorri will undoubtedly mark the world of Burgundy wine enthusiasts.”
Giorgio Pinchiorri remarks about the auction, “I have chosen to entrust the jewels of my wine collection to Michael Ganne and his team, who are as passionate about Burgundy wines as I am. The Baghera/wines team has repeatedly proved its talent in highlighting the most wonderful cellars in the world, thrilling connoisseurs with the rarest bottles. I am convinced that the purchaser of these wines will not only have the joy of including the complete n° 1 series in his collection, but he will also have the immense privilege of the delectation of this mythical nectar – this myth of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti which goes through history. For millions of years to come, this wonderful wine will be evoked, and Romanée-Conti will endure! In the spirit of this legacy, it is important to me to donate part of the proceeds of the sale to charitable organizations”.
1, 2, 3 in 1985: A rare podium for a legendary vintage
On December 6, as part of its “Kingdoms” auction sale, Baghera/wines will have the immense honour of presenting to the public an extremely rare collection consisting of large formats of wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
In Burgundy, the producers of the most sought-after crus number their labels, thus giving the lucky holders of these large bottles an additional guarantee, a guarantee of rarity, at the very least of extremely limited production. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is one of the pioneers in this area.
Unique in the world, this collection of large formats – 6 and 3 liters – of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti vintage wines proudly exhibits n ° 1, n ° 2 and n ° 3 numbered labels. Unprecedented for the 1985 vintage, unanimously recognized as one of the greatest vintages of the 20th century in Burgundy, a total of 24 large-format bottles will be presented for sale; 12 jeroboams (3 liters) and 12 methuselahs (6 liters), for a high estimate exceeding 2 million Swiss francs.
These 24 bottles never left Enoteca Pinchiorri in Vosne-Romanée, with the exclusive exception of 2011, to coat with new wax capsules which gave these prodigious bottles new life.
The perfect provenance of this collection and its rareness make it so valuable, among other items. Angelo Gaja is assured this exclusive provenance by the intimate friendship Giorgio Pinchiorri had with the wine importer.
A special selection of historical liqueurs and a remarkable selection of big Burgondy, including the Prieuré-Roch, Georges de Vogüé, Leflaive, Bizot, is offered alongside the jewels of the Enoteca Pinchiorri in the auction of the “Kingdoms” arranged by Baghera / wines.
Key details of the “Kingdoms” sale by Baghera/wines:
- Auction: “Kingdoms” by Baghera/wines
- Location: Geneva, Switzerland | Hôtel Beau-Rivage Genève
- Date: Sunday December 6, 2020
- Number of lots: 280
24 large-format bottles (jeroboams and methuselahs) of Grands Crus from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1985, including two sets unique in the world of N ° 1 numbered bottles in 6-liter format and 3-liter format;
A hundred bottles of Chartreuse liqueurs from 1900 to the present day; 42 lots of wines from Domaine Prieuré-Roch in bottles, magnums, jeroboams & rehoboam.
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