Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. to Kick Off 2015 with Stellar Two-Day Auction on February 13th & 14th

Sale Features an Astounding Range of Finest Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhône Wines Alongside California Cult Favorites and Rare Whiskies, all from Scrupulous Collectors

(Chicago, IL) – Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the #1 wine auction house in the U.S. and renowned wine retailer, will hold its first auction of 2015 on February 13th and 14th at Chicago’s TRU restaurant. This exceptional two-day sale kicks off our new auction year with an impressive 1,850 lots of incredible diversity and provenance, valued at an estimated $3.4-$5.0 million.

Hart Davis HartHDH’s February auction contains a host of great wines from the top wine regions across the globe. Bidders interested in Bordeaux will find over 700 lots from nearly 100 of the region’s top châteaux, with vintages dating from 1929. Burgundy lovers will delight in extensive offerings from DRC, Drouhin, Jadot, Leroy, Liger-Belair, Roumier, Rousseau, and other heralded producers—in fact, total Burgundy sales from this auction are estimated to exceed $1,000,000 in sales. The February auction also contains impressive offerings of Champagne from the renowned 1996 and 2002 vintages, wines from Rhône legends, and Italian gems from Gaja and Ornellaia alongside an array of exciting Bourbon and Scotch. Its similarly impressive selection of new-world wines includes 27 lots of Harlan (est. $43,700-64,600) and 50+ lots of Sine Qua Non (est. $74,500-112,130).

This auction features a number of strong consignments offering unbeatable provenance. Friday’s session opens with wines from a remarkable cellar of a meticulous collector in the upper Midwest, featuring First Growth Bordeaux, rare Rhône, Champagne, and broad selections of Sine Qua Non and whiskey (lots 1-143). Friday also includes an assortment of wine purchased by a private collector from L2O, the recently shuttered Michelin two-starred Chicago restaurant (lots 660-746). These wines were originally acquired on release from local distributors, special allocations direct from producers, and reputable auction houses and were stored in the restaurant’s professional cellar. Notable collections in Saturday’s session include an astonishing collection of Burgundy and Rhône wines (many in rare large formats) from an impeccably maintained, custom-built home cellar (lots 926-1097), as well as an amazing library of Bordeaux imperials from the phenomenal 2005 vintage from the cellar of a highly-regarded connoisseur (lots 1293-1300).

In conjunction with the sale, Hart Davis Hart will host a dinner at MK restaurant featuring exceptional Côte Rôtie and Hermitage wines. The incredible lineup of Chave, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, and Guigal wines will be paired with a special multi-course menu carefully crafted by renowned Chef Michael Kornick.

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, February 13th and Saturday the 14th. 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 312.854.0096 or by emailing [email protected]

Highlights of the February 13th & 14th Auction:
Lot 12: 1989 Château Haut-Brion (12 bs) (owc) (est. $11,000-17,000)
Lot 110: 2002 Sine Qua Non Red Wine, Just For The Love Of It (10 bs) (est. $5,500-8,500)
Lot 187: 2006 La Romanée, Comte Liger-Belair (12 bs) (owc) (est. $12,000-18,000)
Lots 274-279: 1996 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs (12 bs) (2 oc) (est. $2,400-3,500)
Lot 352: 1962 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (2 bs) (est. $22,000-32,000)
Lot 641: Harlan Estate Red Wine Vertical: 2005 (2 mags); 2006 (1 mag); 2007 (1 mag); 2008 (1 mag); 2010 (1 mag) (est. $4,800-7,000)
Lot 839: 2007 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (3 bs) (owc) (est. $5,500-8,500)
Lot 846: 1983 Côte Rôtie, Côte Brune, Cuvée Reservée, Marius Gentaz-Dervieux (12 bs) (est. $15,000-22,000)
Lot 984: 2001 Romanée-St.-Vivant, Domaine Leroy (12 bs) (owc) (est. $11,000-17,000)
Lot 1035: 2002 Bonnes-Mares, Georges Roumier (12 bs) (est. $12,000-18,000)
Lot 1300: 2005 Château Pétrus (1 imp (6L)) (owc) (est. $24,000-35,000)
Lot 1308: 1990 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (8 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000)
Lot 1392: Chambertin, Armand Rousseau Vertical (1996-2011) (16 bs) (est. $13,000-19,000)
Lot 1422: 1989 Château Pétrus (12 bs) (owc) (est. $32,000-48,000)
Lot 1620: 1998 Barolo Riserva, Monfortino, Giacomo Conterno (12 bs) (est. $4,500-6,500)
Lot 1713: 2006 Masseto, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia (9 bs) (3 owc) (est. $5,000-7,000)
Lot 1826: NV Ballantine’s 25 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottled (11 bs) (owc) (est. $5,500-8,500)

As an added service to collectors, photos of the top lots in the auction will be available for viewing on www.hdhwine.com beginning Thursday, January 22nd, enabling prospective bidders an opportunity to view bottle conditions before bidding.