Institute of Masters of Wine auction to expand their global reach

Geoffrey DeanA treasure-trove of a live online auction with Bonhams ought to attract serious attention from investors and connoisseurs alike. And it’s not just some great wines that are on offer.
Fancy dinner with Jancis Robinson in London, or a visit to her American opposite number, Debra Meiburg MW’s cellar in Hong Kong? Or a night for four at Chateau Pichon Baron in the Medoc? There really are some very special opportunities for anyone willing to dip their hands into their pockets for what is a good cause.

The Institue of Masters of WineWhat cause I hear you ask? The Institute of the Masters of Wine are raising funds to expand their activities globally. No specific details on these have been given, but the fact that so many influential producers and figures in the wine industry have generously donated 105 terrific lots speaks volumes. Jane Masters MW revealed the auction is a one-off that won’t be repeated for a decade.

The key time and date you need to know is 23:59 on Tuesday 21 Nov. That is when the auction (only online) will end. But the advice is not to leave it until that day as Bonhams need to get ID checks done asap. The link for that, as well as all the lots, is http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24520/.

SaisissaitA few of the wines being sold are worth a mention here. The first ever Sassicaia, made in 1968 from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, is available, as is a half-case of Latour from the great vintage of 2005. Angelus from that year is going begging in Imperial (6l) format, while a double magnum of Lynch-Bages 2005 is also on offer. A case of Guigal’s “Lala” Cote-Rotie from 2011-14 is also up for grabs, but the ‘piece de resistance’, and a real collector’s item, is 88 bottles, one from every classed growth in Medoc and Sauternes, of the 2014 vintage. Estimated cost? £6-8,000.

The dinner with Jancis and her restaurateur husband Nick Lander has already attracted a bid of £3,000. The winner gets six places at one of Lander’s central London restaurants, with all wine included, as well as a selection of their books. The evening with the glamorous Meiburg does not involve dinner but instead a tasting of many of her own wines.

Christie’s have offered a very attractive, silver-service, four-course dinner in their London boardroom for 12, hosted by Anthony Hanson MW. The wine list looks stupendous: vintage Charles Heidsieck champagne from 1995, Grand Cru Chablis Les Clos 2009 from William Fevre, Pichon Baron 1988, Clos des Lambrays 1999, Suiduiraut 2001 and, to end it all, some 1900 Bual Madeira.

If you fancy a trip to Burgundy, lunch and an extended tasting for 6 are on offer from Domaine Remoissenet. A visit to their vineyards in Clos Vougeot and Charmes-Chambertin, as well as barrel tasting of their 2016 Grand and Premier Cru wines, will precede the meal in the 14th century Remoissenet chateau in Beaune, where the successful bidder will drink a bottle from his year of birth.

There are many more wines, trips and activities to appeal to all tastes. So click on the link above and have a look for yourself. And good luck to those who make a bid.