'One of the 20th century's greatest wines' brings £69,000 at Christie's



2015-06-26 12:02:51

'One of the 20th century's greatest wines' brings 69,000 at Christie's

The Hermitage La Chapelle 1961 was once awarded '100 points' by the leading critic Robert Parker

A lot comprising six bottles of the Romane-Conti Grand Cru 1971 lived up to expert's predictions, emergingas the top lot at a Christie's auction of Finest and Rarest Wines.

Originally considered inferior to its vintages of the previous two years, the 1971 has since matured into a highly coveted and exceptionally rare fine wine.

The respected critic Michael Broadbent MW, author of the Pocket Vintage Wine Companion, is among its many high-profile fans.

"Though it has the reputation of being somewhat hard, unyielding and 'untypical', it is these very factors which have so effectively developed the best over the past 35 years," he wrote.

In the end, the Romane-Conti Grand Cru 1971 comfortably exceeded its 50,000 pre-sale estimate, eventually realising 71,300.

Another keenly-watched lot in the sale was 12 bottles of the Hermitage La Chapelle 1961 - once awarded the full three-digits on eminent wine critic Robert Parker's famous 100-point scale.

"This in unquestioningly one of the greatest wines made in the 20th century," enthused Parker. "This full-bodied, seamless, mouthfilling 1961 is truly immortal."

This immortality was confirmed when the 1961 emerged as the auction's second-highest lot, sellingabove its45,000-60,000 estimate for a finalvalue of 69,000.

The Christie's sale took place on June 10.

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