If you were looking to treat yourself to a 228-litre barrel of 2018 Fourrier Les Sentiers, then you’ve missed out.
The barrel of Domaine Fourrier’s 2019 Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers has an estimate of £90,000, but finally went under the hammer for £136,400.
The relevance of buying this barrel is that the successful bidder now owns 100% of the production of the cuvée. Les Sentiers is the smallest parcel of the Domaine (0.046 ha) and is situated next to the famed Grand Cru parcel, Bonnes Mares.
Domaine Fourrier also only makes one barrel of this wine each year, which it bottles in magnums and does not make available for public sale, making this purchase even more rare and unique. The new owner will have the option to determine the format of bottlings.
And this was the first ever entire barrel of Burgundy to be sold at commercial auction, part of a sale of 1,298 lots which fetched £2,396,709.
As befits the Covid-age, the London II auction was live-streamed from Zachys’ home office in New York, by Zachys President Jeff Zacharia and Head of Auction Sales Charles Antin, while bidders logged in from home, along with intimate get-togethers in key cities world-wide.
Other lots included 19th-century Chartreuse and wines direct from Marchesi Antinori and Emidio Pepe.
Some of the sale highlights included:
• two bottles of Karuizawa Pearl Geisha sherry (37 and 38 year old) for £ £34,720;
• six bottles of of 2009 La Romanee Liger-Belair 2009 for £27,280;
• six bottles of 2014 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne for £22,320.
Christy Erickson, Head of Europe at Zachys commented: “With an increasingly diverse buyer demographic, Zachys’ second European sale illustrated that the global fine-wine auction industry is in great health, despite global uncertainty around Covid-19. We look forward to resuming our in-person sales and events when it’s safe to do so, but in the meantime our online ‘‘Studio Sales’’ provide clients with the excitement of a live auction from the comfort of their homes. Our inaugural European sales season has been a roaring success and with auctions still to come in Hong Kong and New York later this month, it is set to be one of our most thriving years to date.’’