Fine & Rare Wines | Iconic Burgundy, Bordeaux and Napa
Live Auction: 8 April 2022 • 10:00 AM EDT • New York

Fine & Rare Wines | Iconic Burgundy, Bordeaux and Napa 8 April 2022 • 10:00 AM EDT • New York

S otheby’s Wine is delighted to present our first live auction of the season, Fine & Rare Wines | Iconic Burgundy, Bordeaux and Napa. The sale opens with a bang, headlined by a pristine 1990 DRC Assortment Case, never opened and fully banded prior to our inspection. More DRC, along with Leroy, Pétrus and Le Pin follow in iconic vintages 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990. The sale continues with young Bordeaux from the blockbuster 2015 vintage in original wooden casing, with names like Lafleur, Cheval Blanc, Lafite and La Mission well-represented. Seventeen consecutive lots of DRC ensue, spanning 4 decades and three vineyards. Premier and Grand Crus from Leroy and Raveneau give way to the legendary 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle before the sale shifts to a domestic focus with Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Harlan, Sloan and Bryant Family prominently featured. Anchoring the sale are aged classics from Bordeaux including 1982 Lafite in original wooden casing as well as rarities Haut Brion and Margaux from the historic 1945 vintage, DRC from 1960 and 1966 and Massandra from the 1930s and 1940s.


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Titans of the Iconic 1990 Vintage: DRC, Leroy, Pétrus and Le PinLots 1-18

Lot 1: DRC Assortment Case 1990 Domaine de la Romanée Conti (12 BT)

DRC: The Grands Crus of 1990

The Domaine, as it is known, is iconic. Much more important, it also produces the most extraordinary wines in Burgundy - and it has been doing so for a long time. The generations responsible for the Domaine change, but the terroir remains. And these are very special vineyard parcels indeed, married to meticulous care and philosophy leading to low yields and healthy, ripe grapes, at whatever cost. From the 1990s, vineyard policy has been organic, with co-owner Aubert de Villaine monitoring everything with his usual attention to detail. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines evolve and develop dimensions in a way that resembles a mosaic – points of bouquet and flavor making up a harmonious whole that becomes more beautiful as it unfolds in the glass. Yes, these are hedonistic wines and yes, they are not like any other. The trick is in capturing what these remarkable plots of vines can give and letting them express themselves through minimum intervention and enlightened nurturing.

Please see below for individual vineyard descriptions.

– SERENA SUTCLIFFE, MW

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Top-Flight Bordeaux and DRC Spanning Four DecadesLots 19-76

Sotheby’s is delighted to offer this compelling selection, part of larger collection, from a repeat consignor
and longtime friend. This property was recently removed by our specialists from a purpose-built and
temperature-controlled wine cellar and transported to our warehouse via temperature-controlled truck.

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  • La Tâche 2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (5 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Clos Vougeot 1999 Domaine Leroy (4 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Château Mouton Rothschild 1986 (1 DM) Created with Sketch.
  • Châteauneuf du Pape, Château Rayas 1989 Château Rayas (3 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Vosne Romanée, Les Beaux Monts 2007 Domaine Leroy (5 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Chablis, Blanchot 1999 Domaine Raveneau (1 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • La Tâche 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (2 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Château d'Yquem 1945 (1 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Vosne Romanée, Les Beaux Monts 2000 Domaine Leroy (1 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Romanée Conti 2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (1 BT) Created with Sketch.

Additional Selected Highlights


View Lots 19-76
Rare California Wines from An Important Private Collection + More
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  • Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, Kayli Morgan Vineyard 2004 (3 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, Kayli Morgan Vineyard 2005 (3 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, Kayli Morgan Vineyard 2006 (3 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, Kayli Morgan Vineyard 2007 (3 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, Kayli Morgan Vineyard 2008 (3 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, Kayli Morgan Vineyard 2010 (3 BT) Created with Sketch.
  • Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, Kayli Morgan Vineyard 2014 (3 BT) Created with Sketch.

Selected California Highlights

View Lots 90-238
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Elsewhere in the Sale:

Aged Old World Treasures

Additional Bordeaux Highlights

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