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About the Wine Department
The work of the Wine Department is dedicated to top wines and champagnes, grape-based spirits such as rare Armagnac, cognac and grappa, and other spirits, such as special whisky and rum. The collections which are entrusted to us come from the world's most famous wineries, as well as inspired avant-garde winemakers and master distillers. The spectrum ranges from the 19th century to the present day. Sought-after vintages like 1945 or 1961 are relics of a past time. The people who tended the vines, harvested the grapes and cared for the wine as it matured in casks for years or even decades, are often long gone, along with their way of life.
Yet the wine is still in the world - there are still some bottles which were worth keeping, that were collected with passion and treasured. One can only recognize the value of these unique riches when one appreciates and loves them. Auctionata’s Wine Department has the necessary expertise. It sees itself as a partner to people who are looking for a new owner for their special wines, someone who knows how to appreciate their intangible value. We guarantee that those bottles entrusted to us will be treated with the utmost care and professionalism.
The Allure of Tasting
Wine is alive. Its color, its aroma, its flavor are the expression of the encounter between man and nature. Each vintage is different, marked by the sun and moon, rain and wind, stones and stars. The wine takes on its own life, and is constantly changing. Safely snug in the darkness of the bottle, it matures towards its destiny. It shuns the light and is very sensitive to extreme temperatures and shocks. Contact with the air allows it to blossom. Man accompanies the grape during ripening and fermentation, from tempestuous youth to old age. And wine accompanies man on his journey. Both come together to eat and to feast, to mourn and to celebrate. Or simply to share a peaceful conversation.
“Wine is sunlight, held together by water” – Galileo
Wine is, perhaps after water, the single most important beverage in Western history. It has been an international trading commodity, an essential part of religious rituals throughout history, and is an ever-present fixture on dining tables around the world.
Wine as history
Wine has been produced for thousands of years. The earliest known winery lies in modern-day Armenia, and dates to around 6,000 years ago. Even in those days, vintners trampled grapes with their feet, draining juice into vats and leaving it to ferment. The wine was then stored in jars, kept in a cool, dry cave. Perfect conditions for a wine cellar. This is wine at its simplest; leaving grape juice to ferment, and storing the result for consumption. Yet thousands of years of history have led winemaking to become an art, with practices and influences like no other food or drink.
It’s all in the grape
The first, and most influential, factor affecting the flavor of wine is the grape variety or varieties that go into its making. More than just a choice between red wine and white wine, each grape variety has a unique character. Cabernet Sauvignon is world-renowned for its bold tannins, and blackcurrant characteristics, and is particularly associated with Bordeaux. Chardonnay is relatively neutral, yet produces wines of great complexity and ageing ability. Syrah, or shiraz as it is known in the New World, produces powerful, full-bodied wines. These grapes are used on their own or blended with other grape varieties. Blended wines are not considered inferior; some of the world's most highly regarded wines are blended from different grape varieties.
After the grape variety, the most influential aspect is the concept known as terroir. Terroir is a way of describing the unique aspects of a place that influence and shape the wine made from it. It covers all of the environmental factors which can affect the grape and the wine, from integral aspects such as the climate, the soil type, and the local landscape, all the way to decisions about pruning the vines, the time of harvest, and the type of yeast used for fermentation. These differences lend the wine a multitude of completely unique characteristics. No two bottles of wine are truly the same. The influence of terroir means that wines from a particular region are unique, incapable of being reproduced outside that area, even if the grape variety and winemaking techniques are painstakingly duplicated. Winemakers in Burgundy do not believe that they are producing Pinot noir that happens to be grown in Burgundy, but that they are producing unique Burgundian wines that happen to be made from Pinot noir.
Probably the most famous wine in the world, and another example of the importance of terroir. Sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France is considered by many to be the finest drink in the world, and has long been associated with royalty and nobility. The primary grapes used in the production of Champagne are black Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier but also white Chardonnay. Moët & Chandon is one of the world's largest champagne producers and a prominent champagne house.
Auctionata does not deal only with wine, but also other spirits such as whiskey, cognac, and sherry. These drinks have just as much heritage as wine, and share other aspects such as terroir and value to collectors and connoisseurs. Rare spirits, like rare wines, are highly sought-after and change hands for top prices.