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Fall Auction Fever Continues

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Over the next few weeks, wine auctions around the world include some particularly unusual offerings, along with the classics.

The auction season heats up again this month with two fascinating sales focusing on Spain and Bordeaux, plus an intriguing 100-year old Champagne is up for grabs.

On October 18, Acker, Merrall & Condit present a sale entitled « Cellar of the Conquistador », which features a collection of top Spanish producers, including Vega Sicilia, La Rioja Alta and CVNE.

The collection has been amassed directly from the wineries and stored in the cellars of a 12th-Century house in the Spanish countryside, which enjoyed constant temperatures and 80 percent humidity.

« We tasted close to two dozen individual wines with the owner, and all were in fantastic condition – without exception, » Acker’s Jon Kapon said. « These are delicious wines, mature and ready to enjoy. »

The auction, which is being held at New York’s Marea restaurant, also features a collection from a Michelin-starred restaurant in Europe, covering the big names from Bordeaux, as well as a selection of Burgundies, including top wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Dujac. Several lots of Screaming Eagle are on offer too.

In London, a particularly unusual lot comes up for sale at Bonhams Fine Wine Sale on 23 October. The rare bottle of 1914 Pol Roger, Winston Churchill’s favorite Champagne, has laid undisturbed in the cellars of the Champagne house until now. From a great vintage that took place in difficult circumstances at the start of World War I, the proceeds of the sale of this special Champagne will be given to London’s Imperial War Museum.

Meanwhile, Hart Davis Hart is hosting its first ever all-Bordeaux auction on October 31 and November 1 at TRU restaurant in Chicago.
The sale will feature wines direct from the cellars of châteaux Cheval Blanc, Montrose and Pichon Lalande as well as lots from the Fox and Robert Shoemaker collections.

Highlights include 322 lots of first growth Bordeaux spanning 35 vintages, 33 lots of Petrus covering 21 vintages and wines from historic vintages such as 1928, 1945 and 1982.

In other auction news, Sotheby’s has some mouthwatering offerings at its Fine and Rare sale in London on October 22, including lots of de Vogüé’s 2005 Bonnes Mares and DRC’s 2007 Richebourg.

Also in London, Christie’s has some of the Symington Port family’s collection up for sale on October 23, with a particular jewel being six bottles of the 1945 vintage Graham’s.

Friday, 10-Oct-2014

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