Aulden Cellars-Sothebys – Finest and Rarest Wines featuring The Cellar of V. Cheryl Womack

New York – Aulden Cellars-Sotheby’s March 15th sale of Finest and Rarest Wines will feature The Cellar of V. Cheryl Womack, one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders, and Chairperson of the non-profit organization Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World™.

sotheby-wines.jpgThe present offering includes 4,775 bottles from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and Australia, as well as a quantity of large-format bottles – 81 magnums, 7 double magnums, 2 jeroboams and 3 imperials – and is expected to bring $1.2/1.6 million*. The various-owners sale in its entirety is estimated to fetch $2.2/3 million.
Ms. Womack commented: “I have always enjoyed wine, but over the past decade of reading, studying and tasting it has become a hobby and a passion of mine. Over the holidays I particularly enjoyed a wide range of my favorites, from a 1997 Screaming Eagle to a 1961 Latour. As mycollection has grown, I’ve amassed over 9,000 bottles, which is far more than can be stored in my 5,000 bottle cellar and considerably more than any one person could drink in their lifetime!”

Serena Sutcliffe, MW, Head of Sotheby’s International Wine department, said: “It is a particular personal pleasure to bring to auction a remarkable wine collection amassed by a very remarkable woman. Cheryl Womack epitomises everything I respect in a world-class professional, possessing huge talent, a formidable work ethic and a great sense of community. The fact that she loves wine honours those of us who labour in this field.”

Robert Sleigh, Vice President and Head of the Wine department in New York, continued: “It has been a pleasure to work with Cheryl to make this selection from such a superb cellar which has been assembled and stored with the utmost care. This offering provides other wine lovers an opportunity to enjoy these wines from some of the finest vineyards around the world.”

V. Cheryl Womack
V. Cheryl Womack, one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Star Group, LLC, a networking forum for women as well as the Chairperson of Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the visibility of powerful entrepreneurial women based in Kansas City, Missouri. She began her career by starting her first company in the basement of her home, focusing her attention on succeeding in two male-dominated industries – trucking and insurance. During her 20-year career, Cheryl became known for innovative product development, an inventive corporate culture and powerful industry leadership. In 2002, she sold her Kansas City-based operation that is now valued at $100 million, with more than 90 employees and insuring more than 12,000 independent truckers throughout the United States.

The Cellar of V. Cheryl Womack
Highlighting The Cellar of V. Cheryl Womack is a large quantity of red Bordeaux, led by 34 full cases of Mouton Rothschild ranging from 1986-2002 and 23 cases of Margaux from 1983-2001. Also included from Bordeaux is one case of Pétrus from 1990 (est. $30/50,000), two from 1998 (est. $25/35,000 each) and four from 1995 (est. $12/20,000 each), as well as four cases of 1998 Le Pin (est. $12/20,000), two cases of 1989 Haut Brion (est. $10/15,000), two cases of 2000 Cheval Blanc (est. $10/15,000) and one case of 1982 Latour (est. $12/20,000). Eleven cases of Yquem ranging from 1990-1997 will also be featured among the Sauternes.
Selections from Burgundy include eight bottles of 1995 and four bottles 1996 Romanée-Conti (est. $4,500/6,500 per bottle and $5,500/7,500 per bottle, respectively) and one case of 1993 La Tâche (est. $12/18,000), and the Champagne includes eleven cases of 1990 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame (est. $1,200/1,600 each) and eight cases of 1990 Dom Perignon (est. $1,800/2,500).

Wines from California will feature Screaming Eagle, Shafer Hillside, Dalla Valle Maya, Phelps Insignia, Harlan Estate, Grace Family, Heitz Martha’s Vineyard, Montelena, Caymus Special Selection, Araujo and Bryant Family. Represented from Australia are seven cases of Penfolds Grange ranging from 1983 to 1998.
Lunch will be served to registered bidders and everyone attending is encouraged to bring their own bottles of wine from their cellars to enjoy during the auction (there is no corkage). Alternatively, wines can be purchased at Aulden Cellars retail shop, located in Sotheby’s lobby.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium
Please note that the new buyer’s premium rate of 21% of the hammer price for Aulden Cellars Sotheby’s wine auctions in New York took effect as of January 1, 2008.
Aulden Cellars-Sotheby’s next Wine sale in New York will take place on April 10, 2008.