£2.3m wine cellar up for sale

£2.3m wine cellar up for sale News Wine News
  • Tuesday 22 May 2001

Forget Agassi and Venus Williams on centre court, the highlight of the wine auction calendar this season will be a ringside seat at the sale of an amazing cellar of top wines at Sotheby's in London.

On 27 and 28 June, a collection of over 1,600 cases of wine is estimated to fetch more than £2.3 million (US$3.4). This places it in the big league of cellars, second only in London to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection sold at Sotheby's in May 1997 for more than £3.5 million.

According to Serena Sutcliffe MW, head of Sotheby's international wine department, `It is rich in the greatest Bordeaux and magnificent Rhône, all in depth, in pristine condition and with many wines in desirable large formats'.

While the great, 'drinking' vintages of the early 1980s are well-represented, notably 1982 and 1985, along with the 'keepers' of 1986, 1989 and 1990, First Growths take a starring role with Haut-Brion from 1955 through to 1995, Pétrus in magnums and Mouton-Rothschild and Cheval Blanc in considerable quantity, along with a raft of superseconds such as La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pichon-Lalande, Montrose and Lynch-Bages.

Rhône lovers will find the three Guigal Côte Rôties: La Turque, La Landonne and La Mouline as well as Chapouitier Rhônes, while other highlights include white burgundies from Domaine Leflaive, Graves in the depth in the form of Laville Haut Brion and Dominus from California.

Sotheby's – with US auctioneer Sherry-Lehmann – holds the record for the most money fetched at a wine auction when The Millennium Wine Cellar of Norwegian businessman Christian Sveaas shattered records in November 1999 in New York, selling for US$14.4 million (£9.8 million).

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