PHi is an exceptional cuvée: an organic and natural Saint-Emilion matured in a ‘Beaune egg’. Unusual for its appellation, these versions are the world’s first NFT wines selling at auction. More info
Each of these magnums from Château Edmus is an exclusive, all of them up for sale as part of the world’s first auction of NFT wines.
The ten magnums that make up this sale don a unique label designed by famous tattoo artist Dimitri HK; they have an Art Nouveau style, inspired by the movement’s leader Alphonse Mucha. Each individual bottle and its label are completely unique; the artwork will come in both printed and NFT form alongside the label. In all, just 20 bottles of the Phi cuvée are adorned with a Dimitri HK label, and ten of them are up for auction here. The bottles also carry a WineDex NFT chip, meaning they can be authenticated and traced via the blockchain.
The Phi cuvée is a single-parcel Saint-Emilion wine made from 40-year-old Cabernet Franc vines that grow in a sand-rich terroir. It is distinctive for a Saint-Emilion wine to be made entirely from this grape variety, and the vinification it undergoes is entirely natural (no additives, no sulphur). It matures in Beaune concrete eggs. It must be said that Stéphane Derenoncourt and Romain Bocchio go to great lengths to produce this cuvée, featuring characteristics you’ll rarely find elsewhere in the appellation, or even in Bordeaux at large!
The original traces of Château Edmus go back to 1730, when a certain Jacques de Canolle planted a vineyard. Even at this time, Château Edmus’ wine sold for 3 to 4 times the price of its neighbours, proof of the distinctive nature of its terroir. In the 19th century, the domain was taken up by the Lur-Saluces family, also owners of the famous Château d’Yquem. From this point on, the quality and reputation of the estate only improved. As time has gone on, less and less wine has been produced at the Château, whilst attention to detail has become increasingly important. This has brought about a kind of renaissance, with the phoenix coming to symbolise the estate alongside its motto ‘Renascetur Gloriosius’. In 2007, Philip Edmundson and Eric Remus bought the 5.8 hectares of vines, and Stéphane Derenoncourt was brought in for consultations on vinification and ageing. In 2019, it was Laurent David’s turn to take up the torch, this time just the finest parcel of 1.6 hectares. Enthused by wine and technology, this innovator has committed to a natural way of doing things, with the estate now labelled ‘organic’ and inspired by biodynamic methods. Not a new face, but a changing one that deserves your attention.
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