NEW YORK – While only 343 lots, A Monumental Collection, From the Cellars of a Connoisseur Part I has elicited unprecedented feedback from our clients in regards to the scope and sheer brilliance of the wines on offer. Rarely have I ever heard so many "wows" the day our catalogue has been delivered! There are a number of great wines, but here are a few worth highlighting.
LOT 60. MUSIGNY 1990 DOMAINE LEROY. ESTIMATE $45,000–60,000.
Almost half of the sale features red and white burgundy from the legends: Rousseau, DRC, Leroy, Dujac, Jayer, Roumier Leflaive, Coche-Dury and Ramonet. There is also a focus on the mythical 1990 vintage with eye-popping lots such as a Methuselah of La Tâche (Estimate $40,000–50,000), six bottles of Chambertin from Leroy (Estimate $18,000–24,000), 12 bottles of Musigny from Leroy – 292 bottles produced – (Estimate $45,000–60,000) and six bottles of Musigny from Domaine Georges Roumier (Estimate $26,000–32,000).
From the Côte d’Or we move to Italy, where we find the greatest selection of Masseto in a single sale we have ever seen at Sotheby's – 84 lots, eight vintages, four formats. Owned and operated by the Frescobaldi family, Masseto’s Merlot grapes are meticulously cared for on a seven hectare, hillside vineyard in Bolghieri. These hand-picked grapes produce truly ethereal wines, a must for all Italian wine fanatics.
The final third of the sale begins with the greatest vintages in Post World War II Bordeaux – 1945 to 2010. A Magnum of Latour 1945 (Estimate $6,000–8,000), a magnum of Haut-Brion 1961 (Estimate $3,800–5,000) and an Imperial of 1982 La Mission Haut-Brion (Estimate $7,000–9,000) are just a few of the perfectly aged large formats available. The hits just keep on coming with Rhone. The Chave is breathtaking – 11 bottles of 1978 Hermitage (Estimate $11,000–14,000), 12 bottles of 2010 Hermitage (Estimate $3,000–4,000) and four different vintages of the Ermitage, Cuvée Cathelin, including five bottles of the superb 1991 (Estimate $15,000–19,000).
This sale may not be the largest in terms of volume, but it features some (if not most) of the greatest wines ever produced. As always – happy bidding!