Sotheby’s London Autumn 2011 Wine Season Opens With Two Sales

SOTHEBY’S LONDON 2011 autumn wine season will open with two sales of Finest & Rarest Wines in close succession. The first auction will take place on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 and the second on Wednesday, 5 October 2011. Together, these sales are expected to bring in excess of £1.5 million.

Taking centre stage on 14 September is a mouth-watering array of Classed Growth Bordeaux from recent vintages, superb parcels of 2008 Bordeaux, two cases of magnificent Romanée Conti 1988 in excellent condition and Château Lafite 1982. Competing for attention are a parcel of Dom Pérignon 1990, tempting Red Rhônes and classic Vintage Port. With estimates ranging in the low hundreds to a high of £70,000, all tastes and budgets are catered for.

The sale of Finest and Rarest Wines on 5 October begins with a wonderful collection of Claret, Sauternes and Rhône, acquired by a keen wine lover over the past two decades. For fans of the super-second Château Ducru Beaucaillou, vintages range from 1970 to 2002, including 1996, 12 bottles, estimated at £1,100-1,500 per lot (lot 5, pictured left). First Growths focus on Château Mouton Rothschild (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) while there are parcel quantities of Second Wines such as Carruades de Lafite, Les Forts de Latour, Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux and Château Bahans Haut Brion in the very
drinkable 2002 vintage.

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