Last of René Engel’s wines sold

The last bottles from the cellar of famed Burgundy wine estate, Domaine René Engel, were sold in Geneva recently for CHF1.8 million (£1.4m).

The sale, held by Baghera Wines, featured 1,157 bottles, magnums, Jeroboams and Methuselahs of the domaine’s wines dating back over man decades.

The sale’s top lot was 24 bottles of 2004 Grands Echezeaux – the last vintage made by Philippe before his untimely death – which went for CHF50,400 (£40,100).

A further 17 bottles of Clos Vougeot from 2001 to 1955 made CHF36,000 (£28,600) and a 16 magnum vertical from 1976 to 2003 of Echezeaux made CHF33,600 (£26,700).

Michael Ganne, executive director of Baghera Wines, said: “This auction is quite an emotional moment for all wine-lovers, as it writes the last chapter of a domaine’s history that was initiated precisely one hundred years ago.

“Domaine René Engel and its trilogy of passionate winemakers worked one after the other to inscribe their wines in Bourgogne’s wine history. This sale embodies the transmission of the last bottles originating directly from one of the most prominent Côte de Nuits’ domaines, to passionate collectors who, I know, will know how to uncork and appreciate these great wines.”

Although a healthy final tally, it was apparently the pre-sale high estimate, so this sale did not reach the extraordinary heights of the ex-cellar Henri Jayer sale Baghera held last year which realised £26.3m.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Global Chardonnay Masters 2019

Deadline : 25th November 2019

The Global Riesling Masters 2019

Deadline : 2nd December 2019

Click to view more

The Global Sparkling Masters 2019

View Results

The Global Cider Masters 2019

View Results

Click to view more