The cellar of the Soldier of the Year II at auction
After 28 years of good and loyal culinary services, the Soldier of the Year II, located in Phalsbourg in Moselle, closed its doors last July. Its commander-in-chief, the charismatic and self-taught Georges Schmitt – an antique dealer, antique dealer, herbalist or even a specialist in paintings and toys before becoming a cook – put on sale some of the many references on the establishment’s menu. The opportunity to renew his cellar, between exceptional bottles and good deals.
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A sale dominated by Bordeaux and Burgundy
The restaurant may have been located in the Grand Est region – and despite a wine list that gives pride of place to great Alsatian names – the 400 lots that will be dispersed on September 23rd by the Delon and Hoebanx study highlight the two vineyards that drive the wine auctions with a small appearance from the Rhone Valley. Indeed, under the hammer, nearly 60% of the bottles come from Bordeaux vineyards, with Burgundy wines representing about 20% of sales volumes.
The auction will first disperse numerous bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the Holy Grail of sales, with a dozen assortments of bottles from the estate – in original wooden cases, an item much sought-after by wine lovers and collectors – from 2000 to 2013 (from 7,000 to 40,000 euros depending on the coveted vintage). Also numerous individual bottles such as a 1952 grand-déchezaux (est. 300-400 euros), a 1990 richebourg (est. 2,500-3,000 euros), a 2004 montrachet (est. 5,000-6,000 euros) or a 1999 romanée-conti bottle estimated between 18,000 and 20,000 euros.
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The other signatures of Burgundy? Chablis signed Raveneau (count 120 euros for a bottle of 1er cru “Vaillons” in 2009), clos saint-denis from Louis Jadot (east. 360-420 euros for six bottles from 1996) as well as lots from the Leflaive, Coche-Dury (count 600 euros for two meursault 2000), Méo-Camuzet, Rousseau and Roumier estates, including a bottle of chambolle-musigny “Les Cras” 2011 (est. 200-250 euros) or the much sought-after “Les Amoureuses” in 1978, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014 (between 1,500 and 7,000 euros). Finally, in Burgundy, three bottles from Henri Jayer – a myth for collectors and tasters – with a Vosne-romanée “Cros-Parantoux” 1990 (est. 18,000-20,000 euros) and two 1985 nuits-meurgers (est. 5,000-5,500 euros per bottle).
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Bordeaux will take over with the great classified growths. To note, six Lynch-Bages 2000 (est. 900-1,200 euros), Angelus, Ausone, Haut-Brion with a vertical from 1981 to 2007 (count 2,800 euros for 10 bottles in 2003), Latour, Margaux including two bottles in 2000 (est. 600-700 euros each) and numerous bottles from the top trio of Bordeaux, namely Petrus (with about twenty bottles from 1947 to 2015), Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild (of which twelve bottles from 1999 in wooden cases will be dispersed between 6,000 and 7,000 euros). The Rhone Valley – the third most purchased region – will close the market with its bottles from the northern appellations which are very popular with the amateurs of this vineyard. You will find hermitages from Jean-Louis Chave (est. 220-250 euros for a 2005), Côte-Rôtie from Jamet as well as Châteauneuf-du-pape represented by Emmanuel Raynaud and his Château Rayas, including three bottles from 2006 (count between 1,200 and 1,500 euros).