Sotheby's to offer wines from the famous Avery Family Cellar
Sotheby's is set to host a landmark sale featuring wines from the renowned Avery Family Wine Cellar.
The auction will feature 900 hand-picked lots from the family's collection, featuring rare vintages from both the Old and New Worlds.
Michael Broadbent MW, Christie's consultant and founder of the company's specialist wine auctions back in 1966, described the Avery cellar as "undoubtedly one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of old and rare wine ever to appear at auction".
Having established a fine wine business in Bristol in 1793 which continues to this day, the Avery family has spent more than two centuries assembling a remarkable cellar, driven in large part by the passions of Ronald Avery (1899-1976) and John Avery (1941-2012).
John Avery MW was regarded as a pioneering importer, introducing obscure wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA during the 1960s and 70s which have now become household names.
Many of these New World rarities will be offered at Christie's, alongside a truly historic selection from the traditional regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy where the family bottled their own selected barrels and cuvees up until the 1970s.
Collectors will have the chance to acquire a selection of Bordeaux back to 1875, and Lafite and Burgundy from 1923, along with smaller selections from Champagne, Rhone and Vintage Port regions.
Notable highlights from the sale will include eleven bottles of Château Latour 1945, five bottles of Clos de Tart 1945, five bottles of Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945, bottles of Château Lafleur 1971, cases of Pétrus 1990 and Château Cheval-Blanc 1982, and extensive vintages of Penfolds Grange.
The Avery Family Cellar sale takes place at Christie's in London on Thursday October 20.
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