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A historic moment in Burgundy - Cult Wines has partnered with legendary Burgundy winemaker Olivier Bernstein to exclusively sell a unique, highly-collectible 1 of 1 jeroboam of his never-before-released Romanée-Saint-Vivant (RSV) 2017. As his first and only vintage of this legendary Grand Cru, this is the first time collectors have been able to gain access to this extremely rare wine. This jeroboam is a unique large bottling format for Grand Cru Burgundy and the only one from RSV in existence. Olivier will hand-sign the bottle and invite the winning bidder to join him at his Maison in Beaune with five guests for a memorable vinous experience. For collectors and enthusiasts alike, this is not one to miss out on.

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Romanée-Saint-Vivant

Vintage: 2017
Classification: Grand Cru
Vineyard: Romanée-Saint-Vivant
Size: Jeroboam
Region: Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy, France
Auction Live Date: 1st August 2022

Cult Wines partnered with legendary Burgundy winemaker Olivier Bernstein to exclusively sell a unique, highly collectible 1-of-1 jeroboam of his never-before-released Romanée-Saint-Vivant (RSV) 2017. This is Bernstein’s first and likely only vintage of this legendary Grand Cru from one of the most exclusive and sought-after terroirs in the region. Given the limited volume of Romanée-St-Vivant produced by Bernstein, and the unique format, this hand-numbered Jeroboam is the ultimate collector’s item for Burgundy aficionados.

Six bidders from around the world competed for the highly prized auction lot, with over 19 bids submitted during a fiercely competitive auction, with the winning bidder submitting their offer with just 2 minutes remaining of the online auction.

For those who missed out on the auction, a very limited number of hand-signed, numbered bottles and magnums of Olivier Bernstein Romanée-Saint-Vivant 2017 will be exclusively available to purchase through the CultX platform when it launches to the public in late 2022. Each bottle of Olivier Bernstein RSV 2017 will be released from the Domaine with an accompanying NFT issued by Olivier Bernstein, guaranteeing the authenticity and ownership of the bottle.

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Vintage: 2017
Classification: Grand Cru
Vineyard: Romanée-Saint-Vivant
Size: Jeroboam
Region: Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy, France

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Olivier Bernstein’s wines offer some of the most distinctive experiences that stir people’s emotions like few other fine wines. Although he only arrived on the Burgundy scene in 2007, his wines are now some of the most highly regarded in the Cote d’Or.

“His has been the most meteoric rise I have witnessed in the region.” - Jancis Robinson.

Just over two decades ago, Olivier left a successful career in international business to pursue to his passion – wine.  He began by studying oenology in Beaune, which included an apprenticeship at Domaine Rouget in 2002, where he got to meet the late Henri Jayer. He then purchased eight hectares of land in Roussillion in the south of France and established his own domaine, Mas de la Deveze.

But Olivier always believed Burgundy was special, so he moved to the region and produced his first vintage in 2007. Olivier obsesses over his terroirs, a theme that runs common to all the best Burgundy producers but his tiny quantities – often just a barrel or two – allow him to really home in on extracting the best of each site in each year. The results are a range of wines that each express a sense of individuality that can transform them from a great drink to a true fine wine experience.  

The Grand Cru vineyard of Romanée-Saint-Vivant (RSV) is a rising star in the global fine wine circuit, producing small quantities of the world’s most nuanced and desired Pinot Noirs. With the world’s love of Burgundy seemingly growing at an endless pace, more fine wine lovers are appreciating that RSV offers up wonderful, distinct wines that deserve their own place in a Burgundy collection alongside its Vosne-Romanée neighbours: the world-wonder Romanée-Conti vineyard to the southwest and Richebourg to the northwest.

The thirst for RSV wines among wine collectors is illustrated by some of the soaring prices for its wines. For example, the price for a 2004 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru has increased by nearly six times over the past five years. More recent vintages are also flying high with the 2013 Domaine Leroy, Romanée Saint-Vivant Grand Cru appreciating by £120,498 over five years.[1]

This level of insatiable demand is fully justified, in our view. RSV wines exhibit all the technical finesse and terroir characteristics as the other Vosne-Romanée Grand Crus but are viewed as more delicate with a distinctive silky elegance. Therefore, they can impress in youth but are also suitable for decades of ageing. RSV boasts a very similar soil structure to Romanée-Conti with a brown limestone top layer sitting above clay. The deep limestone layer in RSV contributes a more pronounced minerality to many of its wines.

Only a very limited number of producers are able to source RSV’s precious grapes to make rare wines that typically become instant collector’s items. Romanée-Saint-Vivant embodies everything that’s magical about Burgundy – nuance, rarity, and individuality – and deserves its place in every Burgundy aficionado’s collection.

[1] Source: Pricing data based on Wine Searcher average prices May 2017 – May 2022.

In wine parlance, the term ‘large bottle format’ refers to any bottle above the standard 75cl size. Magnums, which are 150cl, are the most common LBFs but there are many formats up to the massive 15 litre Nebuchadnezzar.

Aside from simply holding more wine, LBFs can enhance the collectability of the world’s finest wines. For one, the thicker glass benefits the wine by protecting it better from light and heat. LBFs also give wines longer lifespans by reducing the ratio of air in the bottle relative to the amount of wine.   But perhaps LBFs biggest contribution to the collectability of fine wine is their scarcity. The world’s finest wines, such as Burgundy Grand Crus, are sought-after partly for their amazing quality but also because they are produced in minute quantities from small, one-of-a-kind vineyards. The scarcity element only increases with a rare LBF wine.

The scarcity of these formats factored into why for many years a 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild held the title of the world’s most expensive wine after the jeroboam fetched $310,700 at an auction in 2007. Similarly a 1999 DRC La Tache Grand Cru Jeroboam made headlines recently with a $205,626 auction price in 2021.

Last but not least, LBFs enhance the prestige of a wine collection. Most would probably agree that an iconic wine in a massive Jeroboam (3 litres) format adds a sense of awe more than a collection of normal bottles. LBFs can form the centrepiece at a dinner party or in a wine cellar in a way that 75cl bottles can’t and even after the wine has been drunk, the empty bottles can become collector’s items in their own right.  

Burgundy: An Icon

Burgundy ignites the imaginations and passions of wine lovers and collectors like nowhere else.  But what sets Burgundy’s apart from other fine wine regions? Everyone probably has a different answer, but we think it’s the region’s individuality – the individuality of every vintage, every micro-terroir, and every producer come together to make each bottle a unique fine wine experience.

Burgundy by nature has always attracted keen interest and devotion from the world’s top wine collectors. The region’s idiosyncrasies and complexity historically left it second to Bordeaux in terms of the general investment market, but over the past decade demand and interest for the top wines from Burgundy have skyrocketed among a new generation of wine collector in Asia and beyond. This has led to a supply-demand imbalance due to the minuscule production of the top grand crus.

As a result, astounding auction results have become commonplace and prices have been on a stratospheric rise.

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Top RSV wines performance vs Liv-Ex Burgundy150

"Over the past five years, top Romanée-St-Vivant wines have significantly outpaced the Liv-Ex Burgundy150, driven by the insatiable demand among wine collectors."
-Cult Wines' Investment Team

Pricing data from Liv-ex, Burgundy150, as of 30 June 2022. Indices rebased on 30 June 2017. RSV Index from CultX (powered by Wine-Searcher) comprised of Domaine Leroy, Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru; Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru; Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru, Marey-Monge; Domaine Sylvain Cathiard, Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru; Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru

Beaune with Bernstein

The lucky winner of the auction prize will be personally invited along with up to five guests by Bernstein to his Maison in Beaune. The Maison is an incredible renovated space set over four floors from cellar to attic, brimming with wines and Bernstein’s personality.

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Eat: Maison du Colombier – small tapas style bites to eat, very delicious and perfect outdoor setting, one of Olivier's favourite places.

Drink: A hedonistic Grand Cru– when in Bourgogne, you should only drink the best.

Sleep: Chez Les Fatien an old winemaking property full of character.

Do: A long walk in the vineyards along the Route des Grand Crus to feel the power of the terroir!

Wine storage

The winner of the auction will have the option to either take delivery of the wine or they may choose to keep it within Cult Wines’ optimised storage facilities in Melksham, UK. Keeping it in storage with Cult Wines’ will mean the wine is automatically added to your CultX portfolio once the platform launches later this year.

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