Barriques d'Or auction breaks record for second year
The 11th Barriques d'Or auction, organised by Plaimont Producteurs and Cave de Crouseilles, has broken its highest barrel sale record for the second year in a row.
This year's highest bid was made for winemaker Nicolas Tortigue, from Madiran, whose barrel was sold to a local supermarket buyer for €12,000, beating the previous record of €11,300 held by grower Didier Vinazza in 2011. Other lots were acquired by buyers from China, the Netherlands and Latvia.
The event took place earlier this month at Château de Crouseilles in south west France, and saw over 200 trade buyers, retailers, restaurant owners and winemakers from around the world gather to bid on a total of 15 of the best barrels of 2011 Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh wine (14 sweet and one dry), in what has been hailed as the "one of the greatest vintages the appellation has ever seen."
According to Plaimont Producteurs and the Cave de Crouseilles, the new record confirms the growing international recognition of the appellation.
The profit made from the Barriques d'Or highest bid will be donated to an organisation dedicated to the preservation of the Vic-Bilh's heritage financing the renovation, the rehabilitation and the development of different sites situated within the appellation's winegrowing villages.
Plaimont Producteurs managing director Olivier Bourdet-Pees said of the 2011 vintage: "In Pacherenc, even more so than elsewhere, the 2011 vintage brought us great climatic conditions that were perfect for local grape varieties such as the Mansengs, Petit Courbu and Arrufiac. I truly believe that 2011 will be one of the greatest vintages the appellation has ever seen."