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 – 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.
Louis XIII has collaborated with Hermès, Puiforcat and Saint-Louis to create an exclusive blend of Louis XIII cognac, to be offered in a one-lot sale on 1 October in Hong Kong. Specially crafted by cellar master Baptiste Loiseau, the blend comes in a custom Saint-Louis decanter etched with 19th-century maps of Asia and is beautifully displayed in a bespoke coffret by Hermès. With a starting bid of HK$800,000, all proceeds will go directly to The Film Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by Martin Scorsese and other leading filmmakers with the goal of preserving and restoring classic films.
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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