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HDH to Hold a Magnificent End-of-Year Auction on December 12 & 13 at TRU Restaurant in Chicago

Final Sale of 2014 Will Feature Highly-Sought Burgundy, Classic Bordeaux & Rare New World Wines and is Expected to Achieve an Astounding $4.7-$7.0 Million

(Chicago, IL) – Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the largest U.S. wine auction house, will wrap up 2014 with a thrilling auction of finest and rarest wines on December 12th and 13th at Chicago’s award-winning TRU restaurant. This exciting two-day sale will consist of over 2,250 lots and is estimated to achieve $4.7-$7.0 million.

Hart Davis HartThe December auction will feature a panoply of old world gems with a strong focus on the wines of Burgundy. Friday’s session will open with a second installment from one of the most impressive Burgundy collections HDH has ever had the honor to represent – “A Superlative Selection of Wine from a Magnificent Long Island Cellar” (lots 1-310). All wines in this group were scrupulously sourced from trusted merchants in Europe and America, and the owner has provided HDH with receipts for virtually every bottle (copies of which are available). Saturday’s session begins with a similarly impressive collection of Burgundian wines from the cellar of one of the world’s most prominent and revered collectors who has been a dear friend of HDH (lots 1129-1285). Both of these impeccable groups feature coveted producers including DRC, Dujac, Leroy, Méo-Camuzet, Mugnier, Roumier, Rousseau, and de Vogüé. They are accompanied by an array of smaller Burgundy consignments that culminate in a spectacular, rare case of 1986 Romanée-Conti in owc (est. $85,000-130,000).

Bidders interested in classic wines from Bordeaux, Champagne, the Rhône Valley, Italy, and Germany will also find plenty of exciting lots in this sale. Highlights include a bottle of 1945 Mouton Rothschild (est. $7,500-11,000), a case of 1997 Barolo Riserva, Monfortino, Giacomo Conterno (12 bs) (est. $4,800-7,500), three 700ml bottles of exceedingly rare 1976 Eltviller Sonnenberg Riesling TBA, Schloss Eltz (est. $3,000-4,500), and a vertical assortment of Krug, Clos du Mesnil 1980, 1985 and 1989 (est. $2,400-3,500). The sale’s extensive offering of new world wines—from Screaming Eagle to Harlan to Penfolds Grange—is also not to be missed!

In addition to the huge assortment of fine and rare wines, this sale will include an impressive selection of Whiskey and Scotch. Any of these spectacular offerings would be a great holiday gift for a whisk(e)y lover, but some of the most enticing lots include Laphroaig 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Cask Strength (1 700ml b) (est. $2,800-4,200), The Macallan 8 Decades Set, Sir Peter Blake, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Distillery Bottled (8 50ml miniatures) (est. $8,000-12,000), and 1974 A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey (3rd bottling, Gold Foil) (12 bs) (est. $12,000-18,000).

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago for what promises to be a noteworthy auction. The auction will take place at Chicago’s award-winning restaurant, TRU, beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. (CT) on Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13, 2014. TRU is located at 676 N. St. Clair Street in Chicago, just one block East of Michigan Avenue. Attendance at the sale is open to the public and free of charge. Reservations for lunch at TRU during the auction ($75) should be made by calling Hart Davis Hart at 312.854.0096 or emailing [email protected].

Highlights of the December 12th & 13th Auction:
1986 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bs) (est. $85,000-130,000)
1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bs) (est. $26,000-38,000)
2005 Musigny, Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier (12 bs) (est. $19,000-28,000)
1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (1 imp (6L)) (est. $16,000-24,000)
1999 Echézeaux, Henri Jayer for Georges Jayer (8 bs) (est. $16,000-24,000)
1974 A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey (3rd bottling, Gold Foil) (12 bs) (est. $12,000-18,000)
1961 Château Lafite Rothschild (2 dbl-mags (3L)) (est. $8,000-12,000)
NV The Macallan 8 Decades Set, Sir Peter Blake, Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottled (8 50ml Miniatures) (est. $8,000-12,000)
1945 Château Mouton Rothschild (1 b) (est. $7,500-11,000)
Vertical, Penfolds Grange (Hermitage), 1 b each Vintages 1976 through 1999 (24 bs total) (est. $6,000-9,000)

As an added service to collectors, photos of the top lots in the auction will be available for viewing on beginning Thursday, November 20th, enabling prospective bidders an opportunity to view bottle conditions before bidding.

Upcoming Auction Calendar
December 12 & 13, 2014
February 14, 2015
March 28, 2015

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