Hart Davis Hart offers cellar of ‘impeccable’ provenance

28th January, 2014 by Rupert Millar

Auctioneers Hart Davis Hart is to auction 10,000 bottles from the cellar of the late Herbert Bridges Harris Jr in Chicago next month.

1402-receipt-from-1988-LARGEThe collection includes “an impressive assortment of the greatest and rarest Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne of the 20th century” and say it may be one of the last intact cellars of its era.

As a collector and wine merchant in the 1970s, Harris amassed a collection with “spectacular” provenance, nearly all bought en primeur or on release and then stored initially in his cellar and then in professional storage for the last 19 years.

Hart Davis Hart’s specialists described the cellar as being like a “time capsule” with cases of DRC, Leroy, Ponsot, Drouhin, Comtes Lafon and Leflaive in quantities which are “all but impossible to attain today.”

John Hart, chairman of the auction house, said: “This is perhaps one of the finest and rarest collections ever to have come on the market. We simply don’t see cellars of this caliber and provenance in the auction world today.”

Also to be shown at the sale are the original receipts of purchase for nearly every bottle (one pictured).

Some highlights of the sale include 1976 DRC Montrachet, 1975 Château Latour-à-Pomerol, two Methuselah of 1976 La Tâche and one of Richebourg (all DRC), 1974 Pétrus, a collection of 1978 Bordeaux including Lafite, Cos d’Estournel and Margaux and magnums of 1979 Cristal.

The sale will take place on 8 February at TRU restaurant in Chicago.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

On-Trade Channel Manager

Delegat Europe Limited (UK)
London / Midlands, GB

Trade Marketing Analyst

Delegat Europe (UK)
London, GB

Key Account Executive

Delegat Europe Limited (UK)
London / Midlands, GB

Senior National Account Manager

Bibendum PLB
London, UK

ON-TRADE Sales Executive

Roberson Wine
London, UK

OFF-TRADE Sales Executive

Roberson Wine
London, UK

Judging Week Runners

Decanter World Wine Awards
ExCel Centre, London E16, UK

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, UK

Retail Commercial Executive

Laithwaite's Wine
Theale, Berkshire

Wine Buyer

Conviviality Plc
Crewe, UK

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
M3/M4 corridor

Media Sales Manager - Hong Kong

The Drinks Business Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Regional Account Manager

New Generation McKinley
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 31st March 2017

The Prosecco Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th March 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 3rd March 2017

Click to view more

The Global Sparkling Masters

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters

The Global Rosé Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the launch of the Global Rosé Masters 2016.

The Prosecco Masters 2016

Now in its third year, the competition will reflect the growth in popularity of this fresh and exciting sparkling wine from the picturesque regions of Veneto and Friuli.

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2016

After the success of last year’s competition that judged over 250 wines from no less than 16 countries, the drinks business is proud to announce the third year of the Global Pinot Noir Masters

Click to view more