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Château Lafite 1953 (10 BT)

Lot Closed

June 11, 09:22 AM GMT


8,500 - 9,500 GBP

Lot Details


Château Lafite 1953

Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé

u. 1vts, 1ts, 1t/hs, 3hs, 1h/ms, 1ms, 2m/ls, 5 labels very slightly damp soiled of which 1 slightly damaged, 5 with good appearance, 8 capsules slightly corroded on top, 1 corroded, 1 badly with signs of old seepage, straw wrapped, owc woodworm affected and heat treated for the purpose of this sale

I have had many perfectly delicious bottles of this, with textbook Lafite beauty and harmony, delicacy of flavour and the true trademark long finish. It is getting older, of course, and my last bottle in 2009 was all sweetness and cinnamon, but beginning to dry up. As usual, with wines of this age, every bottle is different, enhanced by the variation in provenance, as one would expect. Serena Sutcliffe, MW

WA 99

10 bts (owc)


THE COINTREAU COLLECTION: All the wines were purchased through established wine merchants, the majority being packed in original wooden cases which were opened for the first time by Sotheby's Specialists. These wines have been stored in a deep underground cellar with natural constant temperature and humidity. The rare selection of First Growths from the legendary 1952, 1953 and 1955 vintages were purchased at Quien & Cie en primeur. Packed in their original wooden cases with a few traces of woodworm, the cases were heat treated for this sale.


Offered Duty Paid only

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