NEW YORK – When I first started in the wine department, I often heard my colleagues mention the name Don Stott. They always referred to him as not only one of the world’s great wine collectors, but also one of its true gentlemen. I have had the distinct pleasure to get to know Don well over the years and how right they were! In preparation for The Don Stott Cellar: 50 Years of Collecting, Part III on 20 May, I have spent numerous evenings with Don talking about wine and his legendary collection, sharing incredible bottles and listening to some amazing stories about his days at the New York Stock Exchange and another of his great passions: big game fishing.
DON STOTT BEING INDUCTED INTO THE CONFRERIE DES CHEVALIERS DU TASTEVIN.
I have always been struck by Don’s immense generosity (I have never left a meal with Don hungry or thirsty!) as well as by his undying devotion to Burgundy. When discussing the sale recently, Don told me, “Please tell everyone how much I love and appreciate the people of Burgundy.” The feeling is mutual. Jean-Luc Pépin of Comte Georges de Vögué recently wrote of Don, “I think of him as the kind of person you enjoy having as a neighbour during dinner, full of humour and showing real interest in the person with whom he is speaking. Clearly to me a man who, apart from his passion for great Burgundy wines, also really loves France and its culture.” That passion is on full display in this stunning array of wines collected by a remarkable man whose great zeal and love for wine and life has touched many. In this offering, we hope you consider the opportunity to count yourselves a part of that group! Happy Bidding!