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Baghera/wines Auction House Has Concluded Its “Origins, The Unique Cellar of a Visionary Wine Collector” Generating a Total of Around CHF 5,8 Million (5,5 Million Euros)


Sunday, March 1st, 2020, Beau Rivage Hotel (Geneva), under the aegis of Master Marco Breitenmoser, huissier judiciaire

In a particular context of global economic turmoil, the “Origins” collection succeeded in inspiring wine lovers all over the world with the exceptional character of its crus and vintages.

The auction included a particularly rare and prestigious collection of 1’892 bottles of Grands Crus from Burgundy and Bordeaux, patiently assembled over a thirty year period by an eminent art and wine collector in Switzerland.

With 91% of sold lots, the sale reflects the market’s interest in rare wines, in particular the great wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Armand Rousseau and Bordeaux premiers grands crus classés (Château Lafite-Rothschild). The results gave pride of place to the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines, represented by a series of superb bottles and large formats that the vendor had acquired directly from the official importer of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Switzerland.

In the dining room, one could distinguish the presence of wine lovers who had travelled a considerable distance in light of the rarity and quality of the wines offered for auction. A clientele from Switzerland, Europe and Asia were gathered in the sumptuous setting of Hotel Beau-Rivage.

Michael Ganne, Executive Director of Baghera/wines at the “Origins” auction this Sunday, March 1, 2020 – ©Vincent Gelly

Michael Ganne, Executive Director of Baghera/wines about the March 1, 2020 auction:

“It is extremely rare to find at auction a collection so perfectly and meticulously assembled, carefully documented and preserved in perfect conditions at Geneva’s FreePorts, which was fully appreciated by our clientele. We note a significant involvement of buyers via live bidding, online auctions, which produced a wonderful synergy with the gathering.

Lot 123, representing a bottle that is absolutely impossible to find on the market, aroused a great deal of interest due to its rarity, and its achieved price at CHF 216’000 represents a world record for a 1979 Romanée-Contimethuselah.

This illustrates the extent to which fine and rare wines remain exceptional products on the market and are, whatever the context, ardently sought-after gems”.

5 emblematic lots of the “Origins” sale on Sunday March 1, 2020

Lot 123
Romanée-Conti 1979 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
1 methuselah
CHF 216’000

Lot 24
Romanée-Conti 1994 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
6 magnums
CHF 216’000

Lot 64
Romanée-Conti 1991 – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
6 bottles
CHF 144’000

Lot 138
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 1971 – Domaine Armand Rousseau
6 bottles
CHF 57’600

Lot 148
Château Lafite-Rothschild 1982
5 magnums
CHF 30’000


European leader in rare wine auctions based in Geneva, Baghera/wines offers a new approach to the sale of exceptional wines by placing conviviality and sharing at the heart of their events.

For almost 5 years passionate experts, Michael Ganne and Julie Carpentier, have developed a bureau dedicated exclusively to rare wines which accompanies collectors in every aspect of showcasing a collection.

In 2018-19, the historic sale of the private cellar of Henri Jayer, to this day the world’s most important wine auction ever, reaching a total of CHF 34.5M, followed by the unprecedented sale dedicated exclusively to the wine of the Domaine de la Romanée Conti then by that of the last bottles from the Domaine René Engel, have propelled Baghera/wines to the position of European leader in wine auctions.

The experienced team, working together with the experts at Baghera/wines, offers excellent tailor-made professional advice to international collectors passionate about fine & rare wines: the organisation of masterclasses, the careful selection of wines for private tastings, dinners, events combining music and wine, and before the summer, the opening of a private club and a boutique dedicated to fine wines at the Beau-Rivage Hotel in Geneva.



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