Sotheby's presents Château Margaux wines from the Mentzelopoulos era



2015-07-10 10:50:17

Sotheby's has announced details of a forthcoming landmark sale of wines direct from the cellars of Château Margaux.

The New York auction will offer more than 200 lots spanning the First Growth's illustrious history, from 1900 to 2010, with particular attention on wines produced during the past 37 years of the 'Mentzelopoulos Era'.

The Mentzelopoulos family took ownership of the Château in 1978, and quickly re-established its reputation as one the world’s greatest wines. As the Château now prepares to move into its new winery, designed by acclaimed British architect Norman Foster, the Mentzelopoulos family are celebrating the start of this new chapter by presenting the very first significant offering of wines direct from their cellars at auction.

“As we celebrate 200 years of wonderful architecture at Château Margaux, I am proud and happy to share with collectors around the world a selection of our wines that I have hand-picked for this unique sale," said Corinne Mentzelopoulos.

"I cannot think of a better wine specialist than Sotheby’s for us to part with some of the most historic of the 20th century vintages, as well as the more recent wines produced under my family’s leadership since 1978. Any twinge of sadness I feel with these bottles leaving our cellars is overcome by the pleasure of knowing that they are destined to be enjoyed by Sotheby’s passionate and knowledgeable clients.”

Notable highlights of the 239-lot sale will include a bottle of the legendary 1900 vintage, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; a bottle of the renowned 1945 vintage that marked the end of World War II, estimated at $3,000–$4,000; and six Magnums of the 1978 vintage, the first of the Mentzelopoulous Era, estimated at $3,500-$4,500.

“This is a truly historic sale, that is only likely to happen once in a lifetime," added Jamie Ritchie, CEO of Sotheby’s Wine, Americas & Asia. "It provides a complete picture of the Mentzelopoulos era from 1978 to today, with a retrospective of the great vintages back to 1900. It is an honour for us to offer these wines that have never before left their cellars, the sale is a one-off experience that none of us will see again.”

'Direct From The Cellars: A Celebration of the Mentzelopoulos Era' takes place at Sotheby's in New York on October 17, and is expected to achieve up to $1.4 million.

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