Hart Davis Hart to Host Single-Owner Auction On March 28th at Tru Restaurant in Chicago

. February 18, 2009

Auction to Feature Classic Bordeaux, DRC, and Champagne

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the internationally renowned wine auction house and retailer, will hold an exciting Single-Owner auction of French Classics from a Magnificent Cellar on March 28th at award-winning restaurant Tru in Chicago. The carefully acquired offering, removed from ideal storage, represents only a small portion of a much larger collection, which has grown beyond the practical needs of the owner. Classic Bordeaux will abound, with landmark vintages such as 1928, 1947, 1959, and 1961 represented alongside the greatest wines from modern vintages such as 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2003.

The collection includes an impressive selection of wines from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Highlights include twelve DRC Assortments, including four from the great 1990 vintage ($24,000-35,000 each). A dozen bottle lot of the exquisite and exceedingly rare 1978 DRC Montrachet ($26,000-38,000) will be offered with its original wooden case.

The auction, which includes 588 lots and is estimated to fetch between $1.6 million and $2.4 million, will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge.

hart-davis-hart-wine.jpg“We are immensely proud to offer a small portion of this legendary cellar to wine collectors around the world,” commented HDH president Paul Hart. “The wines have all been removed from ideal storage conditions and provide collectors the perfect chance to add a few remarkable wines to their collection.”

To celebrate the collection, Hart Davis Hart will host a Pre-Auction Wine Dinner at Award-Winning Everest Restaurant in Chicago on Friday, March 27th. Six classic Bordeaux wines from the 1961 vintage, many of which are represented in the March 28th Auction, will be featured. This remarkable evening will include Latour à Pomerol, Pétrus, Palmer, and Yquem paired with a multicourse menu designed by James Beard Award winning Chef Jean Joho. Seating is extremely limited. Please contact Marc Smoler at 312.482.9766 or msmoler@hdhwine.com for more details.

The seven auctions held by Hart Davis Hart in 2008 in Chicago brought $32,273,540, a twenty percent increase over 2007. The firm achieved by far the highest sell-through rate in the industry at 99.8%, with a mere 17 of the 8,257 lots offered in 2008 failing to find a buyer. HDH also conducted the largest and most important wine auction worldwide in 2008, The Fox Cellar, which set record prices in many categories and was 100% sold. The firm’s first auction of 2009 brought $2,773,421, with 98.9% of the lots sold.

About Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.
Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. is both a dynamic retailer and an internationally prominent wine auction house, occupying a unique position in the rare wine market. We offer collectors and restaurateurs a broad range of options for buying and selling wines, providing unrivaled expertise and personalized service.

Founded in October 2004, Hart Davis Hart represents the alliance of three highly-respected industry leaders: John Hart, Michael Davis, and Paul Hart, with a combined experience of nearly 90 years in the rare wine business. John Hart, a renowned expert, has been a leader in the rare wine retail business for over three decades. With extensive careers at Christie’s, Davis & Company, and Sotheby’s, Michael Davis and Paul Hart are the most experienced wine auctioneers in America.

Hart Davis Hart has emerged as one of the most innovative and trusted sources for rare wines in America, with over 150 years of combined experience in the specialized field of fine and rare wines. No other firm can approach their level of expertise, network of relationships, or dedication to service.

For more information on Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. or to arrange a media visit, please contact Marc Smoler at 312.482.9766, msmoler@hdhwine.com or visit hdhwine.com.

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