idealwine launches fine wine fundraising auction for healthcare workers

Online fine wine auction site idealwine has launched a charity auction to raise funds for healthcare workers in France.

Unveiled yesterday, the auction will run until 7 May and includes great wines such at Château Lafite Rothschild 1996 in double magnum and a range of large formats from Bordeaux properties such as Pichon Baron, Phelan Segur and Suduiraut, and Salmanazars from Domaine de la Solitude, Domaine Albert Bichot and Champagne Drappier.
All proceeds will be donated to the #ProtegeTonSoignant collective, a multidisciplinary team which identifies hospitals’ urgent needs, to buy and deliver the medical equipment they require as quickly as possible.
Just under 1,000 bottles will be up for auction thanks to donations from 100 domains, worth an estimated €60,000-€100,000.
In addition to its logistics support, iDealwine has donated some of the bottles which will be up for sale in the charity auction. At the same time, winemakers throughout France were asked for donations to increase the size of the sale.
The response was extremely generous: over 100 domains responded within just a few days. Just under 1,000 bottles will therefore be up for auction, from bottles to a Salmanazar (a nine litre bottle, the equivalent of 12 bottles), for an estimated auction total of between €60,000 and €100,000.
The auction will be live from the 27 April until 7 May 2020 on the site.
The auction will be administered by International Wine Auction, the certified public auction operator and subsidiary of iDealwine.
To bid in this auction, simply sign up to the iDealwine site (it’s free). All proceeds – the hammer price and buyer’s commission (19% excluding tax) – will be donated to the collective. The wines bought will be shipped to buyers by iDealwine (shipping fees apply) or will be available for collection at the iDealwine warehouse (in Paris) after the end of lockdown.

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