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Hart Davis Hart to Auction a Magnificent Selection of Mature Bordeaux Rare Burgundy and Classic California Wines on January 28th and 29th at Tru Restaurant

Two Day Auction Estimated at $2.9-$4.4 Million USD

Chicago, IL – Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the internationally renowned wine auction house and retailer, will hold an auction of Finest and Rarest Wines on January 28th and 29th at award-winning restaurant Tru, located at 676 North St. Clair Street in Chicago. The auction, which includes 1362 lots, is estimated to fetch $2.9-$4.4 million and will begin at 10:00 a.m. on both days.

The sale features an impressive and diverse selection of old and new world wines. Among the highlights are 97 lots of Château Lafite Rothschild worth an estimated $545,750-$808,350, including four cases of the 1996 vintage and three cases of the 2000 vintage in original wood. Other highlights include a pristine case of 2000 Château Ausone valued at $15,000-$22,000 and two cases of 2000 Château Pétrus valued at $17,000-$26,000 each.

Bidders will also find top wines from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, featuring 36 lots worth an estimated $209,550-$312,950. These offerings are highlighted by 6 bottles of the ultra-rare 2000 Montrachet and 6 bottles of 2000 Romanée-Conti.

Also included is a dazzling array of highly-sought California wines. There is a deep selection of wines from Harlan Estate, featuring 60 lots across 16 vintages, including two lots of the 100-point rated 1994 vintage and three lots of the 100-point rated 1997 vintage. Other California highlights include 14 lots of Screaming Eagle across nine vintages, multiple vintages of Bryant Family and an enticing selection of Kistler Vineyards and Sine Qua Non.

Attendance is open to the public and free of charge. Pre-registration for the auction and reservations for lunch at TRU during the auction ($75) can be made by contacting Gwen Brooks at 312.854.0096 or via email at [email protected].

The seven auctions held by Hart Davis Hart in 2010 brought $39.2 million, a 63% increase over 2009, making Hart Davis Hart the largest seller of fine wines at auction in the United States. The firm achieved by far the highest sell-through rate in the industry at 99.95%, passing only two of over 10,000 lots offered.

Highlights of the October 29th & 30th Auction Include:
Lot 861: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs) (est. $38000-55000)
Lot 834: 2000 Romanée-Conti Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (6 bs) (est. $22000-32000)
Lots 18, 307, 1238: 2000 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs) (est. $20000-30000)
Lot 1182: 2000 Château Pétrus (6 bs) (est. $17000-26000)
Lots 6, 162, 735, 1126: 1986 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs) (est. $16000-24000)
Lot 28: 1996 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bs) (est. $15000-22000)
Lot 846: 2000 Montrachet Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (6 bs) (est. $13000-19000)
Lot 862: 1982 Château Latour (12 bs) (est. $13000-19000)
Lot 477: 1989 Château Haut-Brion (12 bs) (est. $11000-17000)
Lot 833: 2000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bs) (owc) (est. $11000-17000)

As an added service to collectors, photos of the top 30 lots in the auction will be available for viewing on beginning Thursday, January 6th, enabling prospective bidders an opportunity to view bottle conditions before bidding.

Upcoming Auction Calendar
January 28 & 29, 2011
March 19, 2011
May 7, 2011
June 18, 2011

Bidding Information
Auction catalogs are available through the website or by calling Hart Davis Hart (; 312.482.9996). The expanded website allows bidders to view and search the auction catalog and place absentee bids online.

Hart Davis Hart’s state-of-the-art technology allows bidders worldwide to participate in the Chicago-based live auctions via the Internet. Bidders can follow the auction in the salesroom, hear the live auction, and bid against the room, all in real-time. More details about online bidding can be found at

Bidders are encouraged to attend the auction in person, but Hart Davis Hart welcomes bids by phone, fax, through the website, and via the live-bid technology. For more information, contact Hart Davis Hart at 312.482.9996 or go to

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, [email protected] or visit

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