Rare bottles of 19th-century Lafite and Margaux come under the hammer at Christies next month as Sir David Frost sells part of his cellar.
The June sale at Christie’s in London comprises a bottle of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1865, a bottle of Chateau Margaux 1870 and several bottles of Mouton-Rothschild 1945. All are expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000
The oldest bottle in the sale will be a Mouton-Rothschild 1853 – the first-ever vintage of the chateau after its purchase that year by Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild. Previously it had been called Chateau Brane-Mouton. The bottle is estimated to sell for between £500 and £700.
Altogether Sir David Frost (pictured) is offering 81 lots from the cellar of his Chelsea house: 270 bottles, 24 half-bottles, 13 magnums, one jeroboam and one impériale.
Born in 1939 in Kent, David Frost is one of Britain’s best-known journalists, entertainers and political commentators.
Renowned satirical shows That Was The Week That Was and The Frost Report in the 1960s led the BBC to describe him as ‘the godfather of satire’.
He went on to become a world-recognised political interviewer: the Times pointed out that he had interviewed the last seven presidents of the United States and the last seven prime ministers of the United Kingdom.
His series of interviews with Richard Nixon drew ‘the largest audience for a news interview in history’, the New York Times said.
He started his wine collection while at Cambridge, ‘where I devoted at least as much zeal to this subject as I did to my more official education in the subject of English literature.’
Written by Adam Lechmere