1959 'Great First Growth' to sell in Chicago



2015-06-26 11:48:04

1959 'Great First Growth' to sell in Chicago

Liked by Humphrey Bogart, Proust and even Hannibal Lecter, the Chteau D'Yquem will auction online

Auctioneers Edward Roberts International will be holding its first fine wine sale of the 2010 season on Sunday February 7 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

 The 1959 Chteau D'Yquem

We've already taken at look at the exquisite 1961 Chteau La Mission Haut-Brion, selling from the Albert D Williams, Jr collection.

Another star lot will be the highly praised 1959 Chteau D'Yquem, from the famed Walgreen collection, famed for its complexity, concentration and sweetness.

Chteau D'Yquem was the only Sauternes given a "Great First Growth" rating in the Bordeaux Wine official Classification of 1855.

The wine also boasts a fine literary and celebrity pedigree.

It has been mentioned in novels by Proust, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov; was namedropped by Humphrey Bogart in the 1955 film We're No Angels; and bears the dubious distinction of being a favourite tipple of Hollywood cannibal Hannibal Lecter, famously portrayed onscreen by Anthony Hopkins.

Edward Roberts International will be hoping thatits February 7 sale continues the successit enjoyed throughout 2009.

TheUS auction house enjoyed an impressivegrowthof up-to 14% for its online fine wine auctions throughout 2009, according to Wine Spectator.

Images: Edward Roberts International

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