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Rare Vega Sicilia at Sotheby’s

A collection of Vega Sicilia going back to 1960 comes under the hammer at Sotheby's next week.

Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero is one of Spain’s legendary and longest-lived wines.

The majority of the collection in the sale on 21 April, at Sotheby’s in London, consists of the estate’s flagship wine, Vega Sicilia Unico, and smaller amounts of the Reserva Especial – a blend of different vintages – and the Valbuena.

Of particular interest are lots from vintages that were superb in Spain but less successful in Bordeaux: the 1974 and 1968.

A case of the 1974 Unico is estimated at £2000-£2,800, and a case of the 1968 Unico has a high estimate of £8000.

Sotheby’s wine department head Serena Sutcliffe MW said, ‘We are particularly excited to be offering such a complete collection of Vega Sicilia, Spain’s most mythical wine. [It] is a name that resounds throughout the world, an emblem for its country…’

The sale also features a collection of Chateau Leoville Lascases from 1978 to 1986, and young vintages of the five Bordeaux first growths and Chateau Cheval Blanc.

Also on offer is a case of Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Romanee Conti 1988 with a high estimate of £50,000, and a methusaleh (8 bottles) of Cristal 1990 with a high estimate of £9000.

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Written by decanter.com staff

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