‘Sale of the decade’ to end Sotheby’s season

Sotheby’s will end its 2015 season with “one of the finest wine collections” it has offered in London “in over a decade”.

Partial view of the “owc” cellarTaking place from 16-17 December, the sale will see just over 1,600 lots from the cellar of one collector offered and is expected to realise £1.9 million.

Bordeaux forms the core of the collection with lots spanning the vintages 1928 (a bottle of Pichon Comtesse de Lalande est. £320-400) to 2010, weighted towards first growths and ‘super seconds’ in a variety of formats.

There are lots of the 1961 vintage from no less than 28 different estates, likewise for the 1982 vintage; while the 1996 is available from 47 separate châteaux and the 2000 from 37.

The sale begins with top red Bordeaux from both the the Left and Right Banks in the “landmark” 1945, 1947, 1953, 1959 and 1961 vintages, continuing with the 1982, 1990, 1996 and 2000 vintages before moving on to more recent great years such as 2005 and 2009.

The second session on 17 December will feature white Bordeaux spanning 1953 to 2008 followed by an exceptional line up of great Sauternes encompassing all the top châteaux from the vintages 1899 to 2009.

The sale ends with top Burgundy – of which Domaine de la Romanée-Conti plays a large part alongside Leflaive, Leroy, de Vogüé and Rousseau – and the best of the Rhône in the shape of Chave and Rayas.

Serena Sutcliffe MW, Honorary Chairman, Sotheby’s Wine, said: “We are very honoured to bring to auction this superb collection of wine. The sale is custom-made for wine lovers, brimming with the best crus, vineyards, producers and vintages.”

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