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.
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.
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.