Sotheby’s is delighted to offer this April the world’s most sought-after wines in landmark vintages from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Piedmont and Napa. From blockbusters such as Haut Brion 1989 and Rayas 1990 to a coveted collection of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in original wood including a banded case of Echézeaux 1990, this auction features masterful winemaking and legendary vintages for serious collectors and new bidders alike. Finest & Rarest Wines 21 April | New York
Sotheby’s Wine is proud to offer a complete collection of Château Pichon Longueville Baron from the outstanding 2009 vintage in Finest & Rarest Wines (21 April, New York), and a complete collection of Château Montrose 2010 in Finest & Rarest Wines (18 April, London). Both collections include all ten bottle formats currently made, from half bottles to the 18-litre Melchior. This very unique offering is perfect for both new and seasoned collectors: for the new collector building a wine cellar, this collection is an opportunity to instantly acquire a complete series of the wine, instead of spending years sourcing each bottle; while for the seasoned collector, this set of wines will add another dimension to their collection. CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE, BARON 2009, A COMPLETE COLLECTION INCLUDING ALL TEN BOTTLE FORMATS FROM HALF-BOTTLES (375 ML) TO MELCHIOR (18 LITERS). ESTIMATE $26,000–35,000.
The Finest & Rarest Wines auction in London on 18 April includes a collection of Château Montrose 2010 in every size of bottle currently made, from half bottles to the 18-litre Melchior while the New York sale on 21 April features a similar collection of Château Pichon Baron 2009. Bottle sizes, or “formats” as they are known, can be confusing so we have put together this quick guide.
On 31 March, The Philanthropist's Cellar: An Extraordinary Collection Sold to Benefit Charitable Causes will be auctioned in Hong Kong in what could potentially be Sotheby's largest-ever single-owner wine sale in Asia. Proceeds from the 800 lots will benefit the improvement of the health and educational conditions of children and young people in rural China. Ahead of the sale, Serena Sutcliffe, MW, reflects on the generosity of this esteemed connoisseur and the legendary Bordeaux wines being offered from his collection.
Every inspection is different, with its own unique quirks and hurdles to cross. Inspecting wine is a wonderful way to get an understanding of not only the provenance and condition of the wines, but to really get a feeling of the essence of the collector and the collection. During a bitterly cold week in January, in the heart of the English country side, my colleagues – Paul Wong, Damian Tillson, Claire Collini, Caroline Shepherd and James Reed – and I undertook the inspection of the Philanthropist's Cellar. We knew what an extensive collection this was, but only when you stood next to all the cases did you get the sense of the magnitude and incredible of depth of some of Bordeaux’s legendary wines. It took the first morning to discuss exactly how to best tackle the opening and inspecting of more than 800 cases of wine, the majority in original cases: 25 cases of Cheval Blanc 1982 and 40 cases of Margaux 1982, to name but a few! CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1982. ESTIMATE HK$60,000–85,000.
From the collection of an esteemed wine connoisseur comes the largest-ever single-owner wine sale at Sotheby’s in Asia. Proceeds from The Philanthropist’s Cellar: An Extraordinary Collection Sold to Benefit Charitable Causes (31 March 2018, Hong Kong) will be donated to improve the health and education of children in rural China through Stanford University’s Rural Education Action Program (REAP).
Sotheby’s Finest & Rarest Wines (24 February, New York) auction is a veritable world tour of wines and spirits, boasting bottles from the Côte de Nuits to Kentucky and every important region in between. Travelling the globe in pursuit of rare wine introduces us to culture, food and people in an entirely unique way, and the selections found here are perfect mementos of these magical places. Click ahead for a glimpse of the many regions represented in the sale. Finest & Rarest Wines 24 February | New York
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