Moët to auction two bottles of 191417th September, 2013 by Lucy Shaw
Champagne house Moët & Chandon is to auction off two rare bottles of its 1914 Grand Vintage Collection through a Sotheby’s auction in November.
Described as being “opulent” and having the texture of “velvet curtains”, the bottles of 1914 are expected to sell for between £4,800 and £6,000 each.
To mark Moët’s 270th anniversary this year, the 270-bottle collection will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London on 13 November.
In addition, 174 magnums and three Jeroboams of Moët Grand Vintage Collection 2004 will be sold in a hat tip to the house’s foundation in 1743.
Lots in the “never-before-seen” selection span 90 years from 1914 to 2004, and were selected by Moët’s chef de cave, Benoît Gouez, and Sotheby’s’ worldwide head of wine, Serena Sutcliffe MW.
“There are some incredible wines in this auction, which offers a fantastic insight into Moët’s 270-year history,” said Gouez.
“Some have been resting in our cellars since their disgorgement up to ten years ago and show great maturity and complexity; but others from 1914, the ‘20s, ‘50s and ‘60s have been on their lees until earlier this year and show such a youthful character.
“The 1914 lot will be particularly evocative: the harvest was brought forward due to the First World War, and the wine took a long time to develop but today it is truly remarkable,” he added.
“We have never before held an auction of this scale, with such a selection of rare and fine Champagnes from one producer,” said Sutcliffe MW.
“It is a truly historic range that offers the chance to step into the heritage of the Moët cellars. I tasted the 1914 with Benoît earlier this year and it is superlative,” she added.
Highlights of the sale include six magnums of Moët 1983, which carry an estimate of £2,800-£3,600, two magnums of Moët 1959, estimated to sell for between £3,200-£4,000 each, and two bottles of the 1921 vintage, which are expected to fetch between £4,000-5,000 per bottle.