A rare trove from Baroness Philippine de Rothschild’s Chateau Mouton Rothschild cellar in Bordeaux will be auctioned by Aulden Cellars/Sotheby’s on 28 February.

The vintages encompass 1887 through 2005.

Large-format bottles dominate the single-owner evening sale, valued at US$570,000 – US$885,000 (£286,000 – £445,000). The Baroness expects to be present.

Investors will find Nebuchadnezzars (15-litre bottles) from 1978, 1981, 1983, 2000. The 2000 is estimated at US$15,000 – US$25,000 (£7,500 – £12,500).

Imperials (six litres) are dated 1971, 1973, 1975, 1990, 1995 through 2005.

Jeroboams (five litres) date to 1945, 1952, 1971, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985 through 1994, 1996 through 1998, 2000 though 2005. The 1945 is estimated at US$80,000 to US$150,000 (£40,000 – £75,000).

Double Magnums (three litres) cover 1975 through 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993 through 1995, 1998, 2000 through 2005.

Magnums (1.5 litres) and 750ml bottles are offered. Regular bottles include such antique vintages as 1887, 1889, 1901, 1910, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1952, 1959, and 1961. Six 1982 magnums are estimated at US$12,000 – US$20,000 each (£6,000 – £10,000).

A traveling exhibit of paintings for Mouton labels from 1945 through 2004 will run at Sotheby’s from 23 February through 10 March. Among them is a watercolor by Charles, the Prince of Wales, for the 2004.

Written by Howard G Goldberg in New York