UK auctions: Sotheby's birthday treat
- Thursday 12 April 2001
The Fine and Rare wine auction, taking place from 19 to 20 September (2000), features several rarities stretching back over a century. A pre-phylloxera burgundy is just part of a historic collection of burgundies laid down by Bouchard Pere et Fils in the family's cold, damp, subterranean cellars in Beaune.
With the new owner Joseph Henriot deciding to do a spot of Augean stable cleaning, this is a chance to buy that rare bottle of 1864 Montrachet estimated at £1,200 - £1,500 ($1,800 - $2,250) or 1886 La Tache estimated at £500 - £700 ($750 - $1,050), or any of the other 250 lots of prime Cote d'Or burgundy up for grabs.
For the sweet of tooth, the same celebratory sale features a collection of Chateau Filhot and Coutet back to 1890 and 1889 respectively. For the man who has everything except his own fine wine cellar, there are two so-called superlots.
The first, a case each of 30 vintages of Chateau Palmer spanning the vintages 1942 - 1996, is expected to fetch £30,000 - £40,000 ($45,000 - $60,000). The second, a millennium collection devised by wine merchant John Armit, is a who's who of the great and good with 25 mixed cases of the greatest wines of France, Italy and Spain, estimated at £22,000 - £28,000 ($33,000 - $42,000).
Other gems in the birthday sale include a vertical of Grange 1965 - 1992, which Sotheby's feels could fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 ($15,000 - $22,500), a rare 1900 bottle of Chateau Margaux estimated to sell for £3,400 - £4,000 ($5,100 - $6,000), as well as a bottling of 1748 Rudesheimer (pictured) with a price tag of £400 - £600 ($600 - $900).
For the garage wine fraternity, there's Chateau Valandraud from Bordeaux and New Zealand's pretender, Providence, a case of whose Private Reserve is estimated to sell for £420 - £500 ($630 - $750). And more, as they say, much more.