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Ancient Cognac and rare Bordeaux in Tour d’Argent sale

Pre-revolutionary Cognac, great Bordeaux including a Cheval Blanc 1928, and other rareties are being auctioned in December as 18,000 bottles from La Tour d’Argent go under the hammer.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s great restaurants, La Tour d’Argent’s 450,000-bottle cellar is equally renowned.

Now head sommelier David Ridgway has ‘pruned’ the collection to pull out wines ‘from every single wine region of France.’

The auction will offer such wines as Chateau Lafite 1970 and 1982, dozens of vintages of Latour including the 1982, Cheval Blanc 1928 and 1949, and Margaux 1970.

From Burgundy, lots include Meursault Clos de la Barre Lafon 2004, Puligny Montrachet Referts Sauzet 1992 and Volnay Santenots Leroy 1969.

From the Loire there will be a Silex Dagueneau 2005, and a Vouvray Haut Lieu Huet 1919.

Ancient spirits include a Fine Champagne Clos de Griffer 1788, and a Grande Fine Champagne Monnet 1858.

In a press release, Tour d’Argent owner Andre Terrail said the sale would ‘keep La Tour d’Argent in the spotlight’ for a new generation of connoisseurs.

The collection, on sale over two days on 7 and 8 December at auctioneer PIASA in Paris, is expected to fetch more than €1m.

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Written by Adam Lechmere

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