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Last Night at Sotheby’s: A Taste of Bordeaux

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The Exceptional Cellar of a Connoisseur

LONDON – This collection is both classic and exciting, a reflection of the man who loved and enjoyed it over many decades. The owner had very sure taste and his wide-ranging interests and appreciation of beauty and quality in all their forms are very evident. He was passionate about art and gastronomy, as well as being an œnophile of great distinction. The cellar was assembled over many years with infinite care and knowledge, always alighting upon the best crus, vineyards, producers and vintages, making the collection exceptional in every way. PARTIAL VIEW OF THE CELLAR. France was undoubtedly the "ultimate" for this connoisseur and the range of majestic top Bordeaux is immensely impressive. The First and Super Second Growths abound, in great vintages and with bottle age, and in all the splendid formats. Both Right and Left Banks are here in force and there are extraordinary opportunities for hosting vertical tastings and unforgettable dinner parties for those who acquire these wines. In fact, buyers who love entertaining in this way will be following in the footsteps of the owner of this collection, who was renowned for giving memorable dinners for his family and friends. Nothing pleased him more than inviting fellow wine-lovers to wine and food occasions that they would never forget, often accompanied by just the right music. There is a plethora of original wooden cases, as well as bottles that were cellared, including those from landmark vintages such as 1945, 1959 and 1961. This is a spectacular, star-studded array from the most prominent wine region of the world. LA MISSION HAUT BRION 1961, 6 BOTTLES. ESTIMATE: £5,500–6,500. The same unerring quest for perfection was pursued in the Burgundy collection, where the list of growers is show-stopping, from DRC to Rousseau, Leflaive to Leroy, de Vogüé to Prieuré-Roch. This is a real treasure trove of vintages that are ready to drink, always a temptation for the impatient. The Rhône wines are a catalogue of gems, from Chave to Rayas to grand Guigal. The Champagnes include historic vintages for true "amateurs," scents and flavours that make my mouth water. However, it can be immediately seen that this remarkable collector did not confine himself to France, for here you will find the aristocrats from Italy and Spain. As a committed fanatic of Vega Sicilia, it is a joy to survey a selection of legendary vintages of this ultra complex wine, while Piedmont is represented strongly amongst the Italian wines, synchronising with the season for white truffles! There is also a splash of top Californian wine, a comparatively rare occurrence in a London auction. CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1982: 12 BOTTLES (ESTIMATE: £6,500–8,500) AND DOUBLE MAGNUM (ESTIMATE: £2,600–3,400). This is a sale that is custom-made for wine lovers and it would pay dividends to spend time looking at this catalogue as there is so much to discover. It is a privilege to offer this collection to our world-wide clients and we would like to thank the family of the man who created this cellar for entrusting us with this sale. We all wish that these wonderful wines will continue their life in other cellars and bring much pleasure to those who drink them.

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Sotheby’s Wine department features fine and rare wines for current drinking, for cellaring and for investment, and specialises in offering the world’s finest wine collections at auction as well as through private and retail sales.

Sotheby's Wine business, led by Serena Sutcliffe MW, comprises the most experienced and successful team in wine auctioning. Sotheby’s has been selling wine in London since 1970, in New York since 1994 and in Hong Kong since 2009. The department takes pride in offering only wine in the best condition and with excellent provenance, and the team’s well-earned reputation has attracted many of the most prestigious collectors and discriminating buyers in the world.

In May 2009, we combined our retail and auction wine businesses under the “Sotheby’s Wine” name. With a retail store in the lobby of the Sotheby’s New York offices as well as a complementary website, we offer a full range of buying and selling services across both channels, and are able to sell in any quantity at a fixed price and for immediate delivery, in addition to our regular auctions. Sotheby’s Wine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sotheby’s Inc.

For sellers, Sotheby's offers the option of both auction and private sales. We provide proposals to prospective consignors on how to maximize the value of your wine, and we arrange to ship your wine to our temperature-controlled warehouse where we offer complimentary storage until their sale.

Buyers can be confident that all the wines Sotheby's offers have been carefully inspected by our experienced specialists. We are happy to provide advice on cellar management as well as make recommendations on wines for investment, laying down or current drinking.

Sotheby’s Wine department holds over 20 sales each year in London, New York and Hong Kong.

SOTHEBY'S UPDATE REGARDING KURNIAWAN CASE: Sotheby's has not accepted any consignment of wine in any of its worldwide selling locations from Mr. Kurniawan, either under his name or a known alias.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering your property in a Sotheby's Wine sale, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7050
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6423
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8174

Sotheby’s Wine department features fine and rare wines for current drinking, for cellaring and for investment, and specialises in offering the world’s finest wine collections at auction as well as through private and retail sales.

Sotheby's Wine business, led by Serena Sutcliffe MW, comprises the most experienced and successful team in wine auctioning. Sotheby’s has been selling wine in London since 1970, in New York since 1994 and in Hong Kong since 2009. The department takes pride in offering only wine in the best condition and with excellent provenance, and the team’s well-earned reputation has attracted many of the most prestigious collectors and discriminating buyers in the world.

In May 2009, we combined our retail and auction wine businesses under the “Sotheby’s Wine” name. With a retail store in the lobby of the Sotheby’s New York offices as well as a complementary website, we offer a full range of buying and selling services across both channels, and are able to sell in any quantity at a fixed price and for immediate delivery, in addition to our regular auctions. Sotheby’s Wine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sotheby’s Inc.

For sellers, Sotheby's offers the option of both auction and private sales. We provide proposals to prospective consignors on how to maximize the value of your wine, and we arrange to ship your wine to our temperature-controlled warehouse where we offer complimentary storage until their sale.

Buyers can be confident that all the wines Sotheby's offers have been carefully inspected by our experienced specialists. We are happy to provide advice on cellar management as well as make recommendations on wines for investment, laying down or current drinking.

Sotheby’s Wine department holds over 20 sales each year in London, New York and Hong Kong.

SOTHEBY'S UPDATE REGARDING KURNIAWAN CASE: Sotheby's has not accepted any consignment of wine in any of its worldwide selling locations from Mr. Kurniawan, either under his name or a known alias.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering your property in a Sotheby's Wine sale, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7050
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6423
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8174

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CEO & President, Americas and Asia, Sotheby's Wine
+1 212 606 7865
Director, Head of Department, Asia, Wine
+852 2822 9024
Senior Director, Head of Department, Europe, Wine
+44 20 7293 5046

Sotheby’s Wine department features fine and rare wines for current drinking, for cellaring and for investment, and specialises in offering the world’s finest wine collections at auction as well as through private and retail sales.

Sotheby's Wine business, led by Serena Sutcliffe MW, comprises the most experienced and successful team in wine auctioning. Sotheby’s has been selling wine in London since 1970, in New York since 1994 and in Hong Kong since 2009. The department takes pride in offering only wine in the best condition and with excellent provenance, and the team’s well-earned reputation has attracted many of the most prestigious collectors and discriminating buyers in the world.

In May 2009, we combined our retail and auction wine businesses under the “Sotheby’s Wine” name. With a retail store in the lobby of the Sotheby’s New York offices as well as a complementary website, we offer a full range of buying and selling services across both channels, and are able to sell in any quantity at a fixed price and for immediate delivery, in addition to our regular auctions. Sotheby’s Wine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sotheby’s Inc.

For sellers, Sotheby's offers the option of both auction and private sales. We provide proposals to prospective consignors on how to maximize the value of your wine, and we arrange to ship your wine to our temperature-controlled warehouse where we offer complimentary storage until their sale.

Buyers can be confident that all the wines Sotheby's offers have been carefully inspected by our experienced specialists. We are happy to provide advice on cellar management as well as make recommendations on wines for investment, laying down or current drinking.

Sotheby’s Wine department holds over 20 sales each year in London, New York and Hong Kong.

SOTHEBY'S UPDATE REGARDING KURNIAWAN CASE: Sotheby's has not accepted any consignment of wine in any of its worldwide selling locations from Mr. Kurniawan, either under his name or a known alias.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering your property in a Sotheby's Wine sale, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7050
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6423
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8174