Sotheby's London wine sale led by two "headline" collections

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Slurpy Boris

2015-11-16 10:15:59

The upcoming Sotheby's wine sale in London will feature two "headline" collections from impeccable sources.

The first collection hails from the cellar of Konrad Bernheimer, whose family has dominated the European antiques trade for more than a century.

Amongst their extensive collection of treasures is a superb cellar of wines, housed in the family's 11th century Bavarian castle known as Burg Marquartstein.

“It is a pleasure to bring to auction a wine collection with this pedigree," said Serena Sutcliffe MW, honorary chairman of Sotheby’s Wine. "The conditions of the castle cellar were impeccable for the life of the wines. Nearly all the wines are ready to drink, at their apogee, so it is an ‘instant gratification’ collection that is made for wonderful occasions over this festive season and beyond.”

Amongst the highlights of the cellar's Bordeaux collection, which offers vintages spanning 1928 to 2004, are a bottle of Mouton Rothschild 1945 valued at £3,200-£3,800; 10 bottles of the "mythical" Latour 1961 estimated at £6,000-£8,000; and five bottles of Petrus 1989 priced at £7,200-£8,000.

The Bernheimer cellar also includes strong showings of Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhône, with notable lots such as a case of rare Vosne Romanée Cuvée Duvault-Blochet 2002 from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, estimated at £4,800-£5,800, and five bottles of 1955 Dom Pérignon valued at £2,000-£2,600.

The sale's second major collection features rare wines direct from the source, in this case the cellars of Hermitage La Chapelle and Château La Lagune.   

“We are thrilled to bring this very special collection of fabled wines to auction in London," added Sutcliffe. "This is a wonderful winter wine collection that has been prised away from the cellars of two of France’s great wine estates.”

The La Chapelle collection spans 1961 through to 2012, with highlights including three bottles of the 1961 vintage which are estimated to sell for £20,000- £30,000.

The La Lagune collection also offers a variety of bottle sizes from 1975 to 2011, with the added bonus of an opportunity to bid on a night at the Médoc property for four people.

The Sotheby's London Wine Sale takes place on Wednesday November 25.

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