1816 Yquem goes under the hammer in New York13th November, 2012 by Rupert Millar
Rare bottles of 19th century Yquem will line up against equally rare Bordeaux and Burgundy at a Sotheby’s auction in New York this weekend.
The sale, taking place on Saturday 17 November, will see several incredibly rare bottles from the 1850s to the 1890s go under the hammer, as well as well as vintages through the resulting decades to the 1990s.
The highlight is a bottle from the 1816 vintage priced at US$25,000 to $35,000. Other top vintages include 1921, 1928, 1947 and a case of 1967 ($13,000-$18,000).
As well as Yquem, there are similarly impressive collections of red Bordeaux, notably: a case of Latour 1961 ($22,500-$32,500), assorted bottles of 1961 from the other first growths, a Mouton-Rothschild vertical from 1953 to 1993 ($10,000-$14,000) and cases and bottles of the first growths and key Right Bank names from 1945 to 1995.
Latour has also released some wines ex-cellar for the sale, notably seven bottles of 1929 ($20,000-$30,000) and a case of 1945 ($30,000-$42,500).
Also consigned are a bottle each of 1890,1892 and 1934, two bottles each of 1893, 1897 and 1928 and four bottles of 1918
The first part of the auction though focuses on Burgundy, with rare lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from the 1930s, 1940s and 1960s as well as more recent vintages from the 1980s and 1990s.
Other estates include Henri Jayer (with eight bottles of 1985 Cros Parantoux estimated at $30,000-$40,000), Leroy (with bottles of Chambertin, Musigny and Richebourg from 1949).
Particularly interesting are the Burgundies from the collection of Docteur Bartolet, including a Vosne Romanée, Aux Malconsorts 1935; 1911 Santenay and Pommard 1928.
The auction is rounded off with several lots of Champagne, Rhône, Italian and Spanish wines.