Henri Jayer, Yquem, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Haut-Brion… exceptional producers, only practically impossible to find in the vintages from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s: the company Lux-Auction is going to be putting these timeless bottles up for sale.
Astonishingly, the Grand Duchy does not have a historic auction salesroom. And yet the treasures slumbering in Luxembourg homes are likely to be many… Adrien Denoyelle, the son of an antique dealer long-established in Paris for four decades, has caught the virus that makes people swoon before beautiful old objects. His great passion is for the furniture created by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret for the new Indian city of Chandigarh in the 1950s. In the spring he organised a magnificent themed sale, and prices soared.
It reflects the fact that Adrien Denoyelle and his wife Charlotte have now been based in Luxembourg since 2016, with one clear aim: bringing the concept of auction sales to Luxembourg. Now located in the Bâtiment Concilium (6, rue Pierre Risch), directly opposite the lock at Stadtbredimus and the Moselle, they have found the perfect location for their business. This modern building, which plays with the paradox of time by paying homage to the old, marries perfectly with the business conducted there, where the hammer can go down on a painting by one of the Flemish Primitives, or equally on a contemporary work by an in-vogue artist.
Amongst his greatest triumphs is the sale of this painting by Gerard Sekoto, a South African artist, over which two buyers – one from South Africa, the other from Switzerland – entered into a battle royal. Estimated at EUR 10,000, the winning bid for the canvas was EUR 50,000. Another example is a bedroom furniture set realised by the designer Jean Prouvé for an Alpine sanatorium, taken off to the USA for EUR 32,000 euros. In the same sale, a pair of signature Pierre Jeanneret chairs went for EUR 22,500.
Six bottles from the Master of the Pinot Noir
The most beautiful pieces often go abroad, because his sales are broadcast live on the internet site of the Hôtel Drouot, in Paris (www.drouotonline.com). With passionate buyers being alerted when an item that interests them is coming up for sale, people from all over the world are attracted to the auctions being held in Stadtbredimus.
On 31 March, Adrien Denoyelle will be conducting an auction he has long dreamed of. Like a helping hand from fate, he has been offered items that are absolutely exceptional. We are talking wines, of course. Amongst the lots to go under the hammer are two wines produced by the person who is perhaps the most venerated by all lovers of great wines: Henri Jayer. No fewer than six bottles from this Master of the Pinot Noir can be acquired: a bottle of 1970 Richebourg, and five of 1973 Échezeaux. These are labels that are impossible to find, which will go for several thousands of euros.
Equally noteworthy is the sale of nine bottles of the mythical 1990 Château d’Yquem, pre-eminent amongst Sauternes wine, of twelve 1980 Château Ausone and eleven Château Cheval Blanc, great wines amongst the best of names from Saint-Émilion, and even a Salmanazar (9 litres) of 1976 Paul Fleurot Chassagne-Montrachet. And that’s not forgetting the ten Château Haut-Brion from Pessac-Léognan, located in the heart of Bordeaux, an estate whose owner is none other than Robert de Luxembourg, first cousin of Grand Duke Henri, born in Fischbach Castle and the grandson of Grand Duchess Charlotte!