Many of Bordeaux's most prestigious châteaux are offering a combination of exclusive tours, lunches and fine wines at a special charity auction to help raise funds for Bordeaux's wine cultural museum, the Cité du Vin.

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  • Lunch at Haut-Brion, Lafite-Rothschild 1945, private tour of Angélus on offer

  • 27 April NY auction at Sotheby’s to raise funds for Cité du Vin Thomas Jefferson Auditorium

Bidders on the Bordeaux lots will have make some tough choices at a live auction in New York on 27 April.

They must decide whether they would rather drink Lafite-Rothschild 1945 and 1918, have lunch for six at Château Haut-Brion with Prince Robert of Luxembourg – with nine magnums of the 2012 grand vin – or have lunch with Pierre Lurton at either Cheval Blanc or d’Yquem, with double magnums of the estates’ 2009 vintage respectively.

  • See a full list of lots below

The event is being held to help raise funds for the Thomas Jefferson Auditorium at Bordeaux’s multi-million-euro wine cultural centre, the Cité du Vin.

Online bidding is already open until 25 April, after which all lots will be transferred to the live auction hosted by Sotheby’s and co-organised by the American Friends of the Cité des Civilisations du Vin and backed by leading figures in Bordeaux wine including Prince Robert of Luxembourg.

Among the other lots are a private tasting and dinner for two with a member of the de Bouard family of Château Angélus, and an imperial of Pétrus 1995 and lunch for two at Videlot, the Moueix family home, prepared by three-Michelin-star chef Michel Guérard. The latter has a starting bid of $20,000.

The New York auction will take place following a reception and dinner, with seats costing $750 per head.

Bordeaux’s Cité du Vin is scheduled to open on 1 June and is set to include a boutique with thousands of wines from around the world.

The Cité du Vin auction lots in full:

See the auction page here

Domaine Clarence Dillon
9 Magnums of 2012, visit and lunch for 6 at Château Haut-Brion with Prince Robert de Luxembourg

Château Lafite Rothschild
2x  bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild 1918 and 2x bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild 1945

Château Latour
Jeroboam of Château Latour 2011 and lunch for 4 at the property with Frederic Engerer

Château Margaux
Jeroboam of Château Margaux 2012 and private visit and tasting, followed by a dinner for 8 with Corinne Mentzelopoulos

Château Mouton Rothschild
Jeroboam of Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 and a private VIP visit and lunch for 6

Château d’Yquem
Double Magnum of Château d’Yquem 2009 and a private visit and lunch for 6 with Pierre Lurton

Château Lynch-Bages
Double Magnum of Château Lynch-Bages 2000 and visit with dinner for two and 1-night stay at Cordeillan-Bages

Restaurant Le Clarence
Dinner for 4 at the new “Le Clarence” with wines from Domaine Clarence Dillon

Pétrus
An Imperial of Pétrus 1995 and lunch for 2 at Videlot, the Moueix family home, prepared by 3 star Chef Michel Guérard

Château Cheval Blanc
Double Magnum of Château Cheval Blanc 2009 and private visit and lunch for 6 with Pierre Lurton

Château Angélus
Double Magnum of Château Angélus 2012, with tour, private tasting and dinner for 2 with the de Boüard family

Château Pavie
2 Magnums of Château Pavie 2012, with dinner at the Château and 2-night stay at Hostellerie de Plaisance for 4

Château Haut-Bailly
Double Magnum of Château Haut-Bailly 2010, with private lunch/dinner and 2-night stay at the Château for 6

Château Pape Clément
An Imperial of Château Pape Clément 2010, visit, tasting & lunch with Bernard Magrez, dinner and 1-night stay at La Grande Maison

Place de la Comédie
Lunches at Palais Rohan with Alain Juppé and at Le Chapon Fin with Sylvie Cazes, dinners at Pressoir d’Argent – Gordon Ramsay and 2-night stay at Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel

Cos d’Estournel
1 Double Magnum of Cos d’Estournel 2000, private visit and dinner with a member of the Reybier family and 1-night stay at the Chartreuse of Cos d’Estournel for 4