Sotheby's to sell 'most exciting' private wine collection in London
Sotheby's has announced details of a landmark private wine collection heading to auction in London next month.
Entitled The Treasured Collection of a Connoisseur, the sale will offer a line-up of legendary wines, with almost everything ready to drink.
Having been described as "one of the most exciting private collections of wine to come to auction in years", the 690-lot collection is expected to fetch in the region of £1.7 million ($2.07 million).
"Wine collections of this stellar beauty rarely come up for sale," said Serena Sutcliffe MW, Honorary Chairman, Sotheby’s Wine.
"This collection of the most extraordinary wines ever made is a testament to the highest traditions of wine appreciation and knowledge."
On offer are many of the greatest Bordeaux of the 20th century, with vintage spanning more than 70 years from 1938 to 2009, including 12 châteaux from the 1959 vintage and 22 from the 1961 vintage, including all five of the First Growths.
Standout lots include a full case of the 1982 Latour, estimated at £11,000-£15,000; 12 bottles of Cheval Blanc, estimated at £5,500-£6,500; and a Double Magnum of Petrus, valued at £12,000-£18,000.
Further large formats up for grabs include a Jeroboam of Château Latour 1961 estimated at £19,000-£26,000; a Jeroboam of Petrus 1978 priced at £6,500-£8,000; and a Double Magnum of Lafite 1982, estimated at £7,000-£9,500.
Notable Burgundy highlights include full cases of Richebourg and Echézeaux 1988, estimated at £10,000-£13,000and £5,800-£7,000 respectively; 1993 La Tâche, estimated at £7,000-£9,000; and three bottles of the Montrachet DRC 1978 vintage, estimated at £10,000-£14,000.
Rhônes are led by single bottles of the Hermitage, La Chapelle 1961, estimated at £7,500-£9,500, whilst Champagne lovers will have the chance to acquire vintage such as Krug Collection 1959, 1969 and 1976.
Closing the collection is a remarkable selection rare and historic Port, Madeira and Cognac, with vintage dating back to the 1820s.
The Treasured Collection of a Connoisseur takes place at Sotheby's in London on November 16.
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