Hart Davis Hart to Conclude the Year with a Stellar Auction Featuring The Magnificent Cellar of Mr. Hugh Whipple and Remarkable Burgundy from an East Coast Collector on December 10th at TRU Restaurant in Chicago

(Chicago, IL) – Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the #1 wine auction house in America, will hold an exciting auction of Finest and Rarest wines on December 10th at award-winning restaurant TRU, located at 676 North St. Clair Street in Chicago. The impressive sale will feature U.S. private cellars and includes The Magnificent Cellar of Mr. Hugh Whipple. Mr. Whipple, a passionate and long-time collector, is thinning his extensive cellar with an amazing offering of Bordeaux from vintages 1990, 2000, 2003 and 2005 primarily in original wooden cases. The Whipple consignment showcases the best from Bordeaux, including top wines from the 1990 vintage such as Châteaux Haut-Brion, Margaux, Latour and Mouton Rothschild as well as greats from the 2000 vintage including Châteaux La Mission Haut Brion and Lafite Rothschild. There is also a dazzling selection of the highly esteemed Château d’Yquem from the classic vintages of the past five decades.

An East Coast collector will also be offering treasures from his extensive cellar of Burgundy. Aficionados will have the opportunity to acquire top wines of the best vintages from sought-after producers such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Leroy, Méo-Camuzet, Vogüé and Rousseau. Of special note in a case of 1990 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bs) estimated at $42,000-$65,000 and a case of 1978 Mazis-Chambertin Maison Leroy (12 bs) estimated at $7,000-$10,000. The sale features 79 lots from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, spanning 25 vintages, containing 254 bottles, 20 magnums and 1 jeroboam.

The 1371 lot auction is estimated to fetch $3.0-$4.5 million and will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge. Reservations for lunch at TRU during the auction ($75) should be made by calling Gwen Brooks at 312.854.0096 or by emailing [email protected]

Highlights of the December 10th Auction Include:
1990 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bs) (est. $42000-65000)
2006 Romanée-Conti Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (6 bs) (est. $36000-56000)
1999 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bs) (est. $30000-45000)
1998 Romanée-Conti (3 mags) (est. $30000-45000)
1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bs) (est. $28000-42000)
1990 Château Pétrus (12 bs) (est. $26000-38000)
1989 Château Pétrus (12 bs) (est. $26000-38000)
1996 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bs) (est. $22000-32000)
1990 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (6 bs) (est. $22000-32000)
1990 Château Pétrus (1 jeroboam (5L)) (est. $20000-30000)
2000 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs) (est. $19000-28000)

As an added service to collectors, photos of the top 30 lots in the auction will be available for viewing on www.hdhwine.com beginning Thursday, November 17th, enabling prospective bidders an opportunity to view bottle conditions before bidding.

Upcoming Auction Calendar
February 4, 2012
March 24, 2012
May 5, 2012

Bidding Information
Auction catalogs are available through the website or by calling Hart Davis Hart (hdhwine.com; 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 www.hdhwine.com.

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 hdhwine.com.

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