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Sotheby’s to auction Primum Familiae Vini wine collection

Sotheby’s is to auction off case number one of the limited edition Primum Familiae Vini 2020 collection this month, with bids starting from £30,000.

Every year, the family-owned estates within the PFV select one of their best vintages to produce 12 individually numbered, limited edition cases.

In addition to the dozen bottles of fine wine, including Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2008, Sassicaia 2017 and Vega Sicilia Único 2010, the Sotheby’s case also includes a Primum Familiae Vini passport that will entitle the buyer to visit and dine at each of the 12 estates within the group with up to three guests.

The winner will also be given a tour of the 12 estates, spanning Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany and the Douro Valley, by a family member. Bids are being taken for the collection until the online sale ends on 29 March.

“With every bottle destined to become a legend from their respective regions, the twelve cases represent the first and only time that these great vintages will be available together,” said Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of Sotheby’s wine.

The cases includes a passport offering the winning bidder the chance to visit and dine at each of the 12 member estates, including Château Haut-Brion in Bordeaux

“This case will serve as the inspiration for and collective memory of a visit to each estate. The people behind the wines define the wines that they make. The opportunity to meet twelve legendary producers, on your own timetable, is a dream that can come true, but only for the winning bidder.

“No passport was issued at all during 2020, and the maximum offered in any year is just one or two. The case we are offering is one of the only cases ever to be made available with this additional outstanding prize,” he added.

Paul Symington, chairman of the PFV, added: “Our twelve families are multi-generational and we all have a passionate and very personal commitment to our vineyards, to our wines and to the continuity of our family project.

“We meet together regularly to share our experiences and to make sure that our children grow up appreciating each other’s wine regions. In this case you’ll find one of the finest wines that each of us have produced in recent years, and we have signed each bottle.

“We look forward to sharing a good bottle of wine over lunch or dinner with the winning bidder in each of our wineries in due course.”

Founded in 1992, the 12 estates that make up the PFV are: Marchesi Antinori; Baron Philippe de Rothschild (Mouton); Joseph Drouhin; Egon Müller Scharzhof; Famille Hugel; Pol Roger; Famille Perrin; Symington Family Estates; Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia); Familia Torres; Vega Sicilia; and Domaine Clarence Dillon.

The 2020 PFV case contains: Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Auslese Goldkapsel 2018, Weingut Egon Müller; Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2008, Pol Roger Champagne; Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 2017, Joseph Drouhin; Vega Sicilia Único 2010, Tempos Vega Sicilia; Solaia 2016, Marchesi Antinori; Mas de la Rosa 2016, Familia Torres; Sassicaia 2017, Tenuta San Guido; Château Haut-Brion 2009, Domaine Clarence Dillon; Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel 2009, Famille Perrin; Château Mouton Rothschild 2015, Baron Philippe de Rothschild; Graham’s The Stone Terraces 2017 Vintage Port, Symington Family Estates; Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles “S” 2010, Famille Hugel.

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