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Baghera/Wines Sells 2020’s Most Expensive Wine



Geneva, December 7, 2020 – Sunday, December 6 saw the “Kingdoms” by Baghera/wines auction organized by Baghera/wines garner CHF 3,556,500 /USD 3,988,614/€ 3,290,473 in sales, with 100% of lots sold for an estimate of between CHF 1.8 and 3.6 million. Achieved within a particularly chaotic economic context, these results confirm the appetite of wine collectors around the world and their confidence in Baghera/wines’ expertise. All the bids were collected by telephone, online (internet) or by prior purchase order. These results bring Baghera/wines’s annual total for 2020 to more than CHF 10 million.

Lot 14, the “Kingdoms” by Baghera/wines star lot and the only one of its kind in the world, consisting of a set of six large-format Methuselah (6L) bottles from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, sold to a Swiss buyer for CHF 900,000 – thus becoming the most expensive wine sold in 2020. Lot 13, a set of six large-format Jeroboam (3L) bottles from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti sold for CHF 408,000. The first 14 lots of the sale, all from the Enoteca Pinchiorri collection, lots 1 to 14, fetched a total of CHF 1.8 million.

Wines from the Domaines Prieuré-Roch and Bizot in particular were the subject of fierce bidding and the prices achieved by each lot show growing interest among the great enthusiasts of Côte-de-Nuits terroirs.

The Chartreuses collection attracted intense interest from buyers due to its quality and the historical character of the 120 bottles. Known as a niche product for well-informed connoisseurs, Chartreuse liqueurs become increasingly important in recent years among lovers of rare spirits, with all the lots offered in “Kingdoms” fetching more than double their conservative estimate.

At the end of the sale, Michael Ganne, Executive Director of Baghera/wines, commented: “Within the very unusual context of 2020, we are very pleased with ‘Kingdoms’, a resolutely dynamic sale, where the buyers were extremely caught up in the auction, driven by the irreproachable quality of the lots offered. Regardless of the economic context, when rare goods are on the table, passion rules, and there has been no lack of interest and participation by international bidders. During the last few months Baghera/wines has, more than ever, cultivated its ties with its customers. Dematerialized sales have been an opportunity to reconnect with customers in another type of dimension, but always in a spirit of sharing and passion for wine.”

About Baghera/wines, bureau of experts in exceptional wines

European leader in rare wine auctions based in Geneva, Baghera/wines offers a new approach to these exceptional wine auctions by placing conviviality and sharing at the heart of their events. For 5 years passionate experts, Michael Ganne, Julie Carpentier and Francesco Lee, have developed a bureau dedicated exclusively to rare wines, which accompanies collectors in all aspects of highlighting a collection. 

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

The experienced team working together with Baghera/wines experts offers excellent tailor-made professional advice to inter- national collectors passionate about fine & rare wines: the organisation of master classes, the careful selection of wines for private tastings, dinners and events combining music and wine. It is in September 2020 that Baghera/wines officially inaugurates its new Geneva establishment, a private club and a boutique dedicated to fine wines at the Beau-Rivage, Geneva. 

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