Christmas, the holidays, celebrating the arrival of 2017, one never knows whether to be hip or traditional, to play safe or to go wild. From a wine point of view, I recommend a judicious mixture, preserving one’s sanity while having fun. Diving into the catalogue for London’s Finest and Rarest Wines sale on 14 December, there are ideas aplenty, some inspirational while others settle into a comfort zone. I am on a high at the moment, having just ‘sampled’ a series of Dom Pérignon Rosé vintages with brilliant winemaker Vincent Chaperon – if you really pressed me, I would admit to deeming the 2002 one of the best Champagnes of my life, but the gloriously haunting DPR 1996 is in this auction, as well as loads of the ‘white stuff’, especially the alluring DP 1998 and the icy splendour of the 2000. The people who make Dom Pérignon just never lose their touch and remain at the forefront of research and innovation in the Champagne region.
With harvest time approaching in Bordeaux, Sotheby’s wine specialist Frédéric Guyot du Repaire took some time out to write for The Modern Concierge’s #JetLife magazine for private jet firm Air Partner plc about some of the magnificent wine experiences available in the region. At around 90 minutes’ flight time from many European capitals, the beautiful French city is ideal for a same-day-return vineyard lunch, relaxing weekend or longer stay – but with thousands of producing vineyards it’s useful to have some inside knowledge in order to make the most of your time there. Click ahead to read about how you can experience the very best of Bordeaux. This article originally featured in The Modern Concierge LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
NEW YORK – Sotheby's is delighted to present a selection of the finest wines from the cellar of the late Martin Kaplan (Lots 464–510). Mr Kaplan's passion for wine was honed through extensive travel in France, while his distinguished career on Wall Street enabled him to become a devoted collector of Bordeaux specifically; he embraced both the power and charm of the region's Left Bank, and the opulence of its Right. The foundations of the collection are built on the quality and quantity of the chateaux and vintages on offer. Rarely do we see all the First Growths, as well as the top names from Pomerol and Saint-Émilion, in such volume and from the greatest vintages in recent memory.
NEW YORK – On 19 November 2016, Sotheby’s New York will present “A Century of Champagne Bollinger”– a selection of rare wines that have never before left the winery’s cellars in Aÿ, France. Bollinger is known for producing great Champagnes with a powerful, sophisticated and complex style, as well as for being "James Bond’s favourite" for over 40 years. We are delighted to share selected highlights from the sale, including a bottle from the 1914 vintage recently discovered in a disused gallery cellar under the village of Aÿ, dubbed one of the “lost treasures of Bollinger.” LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
The Film Foundation is dedicated to restoring and preserving films through partnerships with archives and studios, making them accessible to the public at festivals, museums and education institutions around the world. Founder and Chair, acclaimed film director Martin Scorsese, discusses the artistry of filmmaking and the importance of preserving motion picture history. Sold to benefit the Film Foundation, a Unique Crystal Magnum Decanter of Special Louis XIII Cognac will be offered in New York (10 September), Hong Kong (1 October) and London (16 November).
In this edition of Sotheby’s Cellar, Eli Rodriguez takes us to Sotheby’s Wine retail store where bottles of all formats – from 350 millilitre half bottles to 18 litre Melchiors – are available for purchase. Watch the video to discover the best format for your occasion, and why when it comes to wine, size does matter.
Digital might live forever, but film was not made to last. Celluloid is extremely fragile; half of all films made before 1950, and over 80 per cent made before 1929, are lost forever. Enter director Martin Scorsese, who in an effort to save and restore the irreplaceable, established The Film Foundation in 1990 with filmmakers Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick and others. This autumn, the non-profit gets a stylish helping hand from Ludovic du Plessis and cognac house Louis XIII, which has created an exclusive blend called L’Odyssée d’Un Roi, a gesamtkunstwerk in three editions to be auctioned by Sotheby’s.
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