Sotheby's to kick-start autumn wine season with major $3.4 million sale



2016-08-10 09:59:06

Sotheby's is set to kick of the Autumn season with a two-day sale featuring two major private collection valued at up to $3.4 million.

More than 1,600 lots will cross the block in New York, featuring many of the world’s most sought-after wines from legendary producers.

"Our September sale is one of the strongest season-openers we have ever held," said Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine. "With the world’s greatest wines offered from major private collections, we are set to take advantage of a thriving wine auction market following the momentous first half of the year."

First up on September 9 is 'An Exceptional Private Collection', with over 600 lots expected to fetch in the region of $ 1.3 - $1.9 million.

Highlights will include 8 lots of La Tache (1991-2006) includinga 1 3-Litre 1991 La Tache, estimated at $9,000 - $12,000; 12 Bottles of 1985 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes, estimated at $32,000 - $42,000; and 12 Bottles 1999 Chambertin Clos de Beze 1999, estimated at $13,000 - $18,000.

The second sale on September 10 will feature wines from the cellar of renowned collector John Brincko, which together are estimated at $1.1 - $1.5 million.

"We are thrilled to be offering The Cellar of John Brincko, a collector who used his incredible knowledge of iconic French wine producers to assemble one of America’s great collections," said Connor Kriegel, Head of New York Wine Auctions.

"Largely imported directly from producers by the collector himself and stored in custom-built storage, the wines on offer boast flawless provenance and condition."

Notable lots from the collection include over 85 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, largely in their original wooden cases, such as a 1999 12 Bottle assortment valued at $32,000 - $45,000; a Magnum 1971 La La Tâche, estimated at $11,000 - $16,000; and a bottle of 2005 Romanée Conti, estimated at $10,000 - $15,000.

"I became very intensely involved with Burgundian wines in the mid 1970's and soon realized that they were my favourites," said John Brincko.

"The fabulous white and red Burgundies in this sale include many of my favorite producers and are representative of what makes this region so great. I hope this sale at Sotheby's gives others as many great memories of these wines as they have for me, my family, and my friends."

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