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Échézeaux 1973 Henri Jayer Luxauction Stadtbredimus Luxembourg

Extraordinary wines at the auctions in Stadtbredimus on 31 March

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!

“I wasn’t expecting it”

It is a fairly extraordinary collection that will be auctioned on Sunday 31 March…

Adrien Denoyelle: Absolutely; it’s unprecedented in the Grand Duchy! The bottles come from a Luxembourgish cellar, from individuals who bought these extraordinary wines for themselves for the pleasure of drinking them. They have never looked on these bottles as an investment, but as a pleasure to be shared between themselves and with their friends. Today, they have decided to take their leave of them, because they have recognised that this was a sleeping heritage.

So all these bottles are still in the hands of their first owners?

Yes – they loved these wines, they purchased them and they stored them in their cellar throughout all these years, in a cool room at an even temperature throughout the year. That’s the reason why, even today, there are often several bottles from the same producer and the same vintage on sale. They bought them by the case, and the case fronts inscribed with their prestigious names are now gracing their cellar.

How did you feel when you discovered these treasures?

I wasn’t expecting it. The couple who owns them called me initially because he wanted to sell his magnificent collection of old jukeboxes. It was only during this first meeting that they mentioned these extraordinary wines that they might want to sell. When they showed me the bottles laying down there, I was amazed… For me, such a concentration of mythical wines is something never seen. I can say without exaggeration that you practically never find such bottles for purchase. These bottles of Henri Jayer, for example, are veritable treasures! And they are not the only ones in the sale…

So will there only be wine in this catalogue?

No, there will also be a number of cars, including a Ferrari 458, a Ferrari 448, a 1960s Maserati convertible… Mont-Blanc fountain pens, collector vases (Gallé, Daum, Legras), bronzes, and more.

 

The sale will take place on Sunday 31 March, from 14:00, in the Luxembourg auction room (Bâtiment Concilium, 6, rue Pierre Risch, Stadtbredimus).

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