In early September, I was invited to Shanghai for the launch of Möet & Chandon’s Grand Vintage Collection 1911 champagne, a century-old treasure that I had the rare pleasure to taste. Belying its age, the wine was a lovely golden yellow and drank superbly. Now Christie’s is offering six limited edition bottles in a luxurious black leather chest with elegant brass fittings, as the star attraction of its Fine and Rare Wines Sale in New York, on 19th November 2011. By Reva K. Singh
All proceeds from sale of the exclusive collector’s case of six 750ml bottles of the legendary Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 1911 will benefit The Lunchbox Fund, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a daily meal for impoverished and at-risk students in South African township high schools, states a news release from Christie’s. The lot is estimated to realize $30,000 – $50,000. (A six-bottle lot of the Vintage 1911 Moet sold for just over $100,000 at Christie’s in Hong Kong.)
In addition to winning this unique case of six bottles, the successful bidder will be invited with a guest to an exclusive dinner hosted by award winning Chef Mario Batali at one of his signature New York restaurants. The meal will be complemented by vintage champagnes including a bottle of the rare 1911 selected by Moët & Chandon chef de cave, Benoît Gouez.
Even at the time of its harvest a century ago, the 1911 vintage was recognized for its quality by the then-chef de cave of Moët & Chandon. This exceptional champagne has been stored under optimum aging conditions in the château’s cellars, and the bottles were disgorged only in early 2011 to ensure a unique, one-of-its-kind vintage wine.
As Charles Curtis, MW, Head of Wine Sales for Christie’s Asia, observed, “Collecting vintage champagne is a niche within the already-exclusive world of fine wine collectors, attracting some of the most dedicated fans in the world of rare wines.”
Contacts: Erin McAndrew EMcAndrew@christies.com tel: 1 212 636 2680
Jenn DeMartino Jenn_DeMartino@dkcnews.com tel: 1 212 981 5226
To preview Christie’s auction of Fine & Rare Wines and this special lot (#128), please visit: http://tinyurl.com/vintage1911