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Pre-French Revolution wines to be sold at auction

Three bottles of 'vin jaune' from 1774, some of the oldest preserved wines in the world, are to be sold at an auction in Jura and are expected to fetch up to £20,000 each.

  • 1774 vin jaune wines to be sold at 26 May auction

  • Sale will also include a white wine from 1811

On 26 May, the final 102 wines from a wine cellar in Arbois in France will be sold at auction, both live at Jura Encheres and online.

This collection includes three bottles of the ‘Vin Jaune d’Arbois’, millésime 1774, which have been aged for more than eight generations.

The three bottles are estimated to sell for between £15,000 and £20,000 each.

All of the wines in the collection have been stored in a protected place called the ‘Tabernacle’, in the Jura region of France.

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‘It is very rare to find a wine, still in good condition, which was made before the French Revolution,’ said Anthony Barne MW.

‘Vin jaune, made in the Jura mountains of Eastern France, is probably the only French wine capable of this longevity.’

‘Vin jaune is made from the rare Savignin grape and owes its longevity to a lengthy period of exposure to oxygen while in cask, protected from a premature demise by a film of the same yeast that occurs in Tokaji Szamorodni and Fino Sherry.’

These wines are some of the oldest preserved wines in the world. Two bottles from the original lot were sold in 2011 and 2012 for €57,000 and €38,000.

The auction will also include a white wine from Arbois, from 1811.

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