MWs raid cellars for one-off auction

  • Monday 2 October 2006

Masters of Wine across the world have been unearthing treasures from their cellars to donate bottles to fundraising auctions taking place at the end of this month.

Gems dug up from the cellars include Le Pin 1982, four imperials of Haut-Brion (offered by Prince Robert of Luxembourg) and a magnum of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne signed by the 1966 World Cup-winning England football team.

Michel Rolland is offering a magnum of Le Bon Pasteur; Olivier Humbrecht MW has donated 6 magnums of his Pinot Gris Rangen Clos Saint Urbain; and a case of 1963 Warre’s port has been given by William Warre MW.

The aim of the auctions, which will be held in London, New York and Australia, is to raise money for an endowment fund to support the growing educational activities of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) around the world. The Institute is currently funded by wine industry sponsors, member subscriptions and its education programme.

As well as a unique selection of wines, enthusiasts will also have the chance to bid for a range of dinners, tastings with MWs and holidays. Highlights include trips to Bordeaux, Burgundy and South Africa, including the opportunity to stay at Châteaux d’Yquem and Cos d’Estournel, to dine at Pichon-Lalande, or to tour Burgundy’s top domains with Clive Coates MW. Visits to Champagne include a trip to Laurent Perrier and Taittinger, dining with members of both families and MWs Patrick McGrath and David Hesketh.

‘Through the generosity of MWs and wine producers, we are able to offer a unique collection of lots,’ said Siobhan Turner, executive director of the Institute. ‘The money raised will go towards furthering the Institute’s educational aims, promoting excellence in all areas of wine.’

The auctions will take place at Christie’s in London, on 30 October, and Christie’s New York on 1 November. An online auction will take place through Langton’s, Australia, throughout November.

Auction catalogues can be obtained from the Masters of Wine website, www.mastersofwine.org.

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