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‘Stupendous’ Vega Sicilia collection goes under the hammer

A 'stupendous' selection of Vega Sicilia wines shipped direct from the legendary producer's cellars is to be auctioned by Sotheby's in Hong Kong early next month.

Among the lots in the Sotheby’s sale at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 4 April is a vertical of 22 magnums of Vega Sicilia Único, including vintages from 1970 to 1999.

The lot, which comes from the personal collection of managing director Pablo Álvarez, is expected to fetch HK$95,000-160,000 (US$12,250-20,600).

There are 234 Vega Sicilia lots in total, including 42 vintages of Único from 1941 to 2002 in multiple formats – with one lot of six bottles of the 1942 estimated to sell for HK$80,000-120,000 (US$10,000-15,000).

The sale also features the winery’s Reserva Especial and Valbuena No. 5 bottlings, as well as group wines Alión from Ribera del Duero, Pintia from Toro and Tokaji Oremus from Hungary.

Describing the collection as ‘stupendous’, Serena Sutcliffe MW, international head of Sotheby’s Wine, said: ‘Vega Sicilia is a wine that has “soul”, with its own personality, honed over the years while, at the same time, it is a true reflection of its region, climate and the area’s oenological traditions.’

The sale, comprising 620 lots expected to raise a total of HK$14.8-21.2m (US$1.9-2.7m), also includes fine wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône Valley and California.

It comes the day after Sotheby’s stages the Asian leg of its auction of wines and memorabilia from famed Spanish restaurant El Bulli, and the eleventh part of the sale of The Classic Cellar From A Great American Collector.

Written by Richard Woodard

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