Christie’s International Wine Department has announced its Fall 2007 season of sales in the America’s. For the first time, Christie’s wine sales will be open to Internet bidding too allowing Indian buyers to participate over the Internet.
Over 3000 lots with an estimated value in excess of $15 million will cross the auction table at the first planned spirits auction to be held in New York since Prohibition. The first of these auctions was held in New York on September 15th, 2007. Continue reading for information on the other events.
Fine and Rare Wines
September 15, Christie’s New York
This auction will showcase the world’s best from the 1978 Riserva Speciale classics of Bruno Giacosa to an incredible cache of inimitable Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, including the coveted Romanée-Conti in large format and assortments from 1993, 1996 and 1999. Rare claret from ancient vintages such as the 1928 Mouton, 1961 Latour, 1945 La Mission Haut Brion and collector favorite 1961 Trotanoy stand aside solid cases of First Growths from the five stars years between 1982 and 2000. Other highlights make up a fine wine aficionado’s dream cellar: 1961 La Chapelle, 1989 Haut Brion magnums, 1985 Le Pin, 1982 Lafleur, a jeroboam of 1992 Bievenue Bâtard Montrachet from Ramonet, Screaming Eagle and Vega Sicilia produced over three decades.
Fine and Rare Wines
October 13, Christie’s New York
This sale includes a 6,000 bottle collection from a passionate wine connoisseur which spans all the classic wine regions of the world. Estimates for the sale range from as little as $200 and part of the sale will be offered with no reserve. Aside from this collection, a notable auction highlight lot is a case of 1990 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti that was banded prior to inspection.
The Quintessential Modern Cellar: An Evening Sale
October 25, Christie’s Los Angeles
Sourced from a single-owner collection built with the help of the finest Los Angeles wine merchants and retailers, this extraordinary well-focused 311-lot sale features the most sought-after Bordeaux and Burgundy wines from the last thirty years. Expected to realize in excess of $2 million, the auction will offer the key vintages from the First Growths of the Médoc, the two giants of Pomerol, Pétrus and Lafleur, and the spectacular wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Notable selections include a case of 1985 and two cases of 1990 Romanée-Conti, along with 12 vintages of Pétrus, from 1970 to 1994.
Finest and Rarest Wines: The Evening Sale
October 30, Christie’s New York
This season’s Evening Sale in New York will incorporate two catalogues. The first catalogue will feature 85 lots of rare Crus Classés Bordeaux sourced directly from the respected Bordeaux négoçiant Mähler-Besse. With all the wines purchased on release directly from the Châteaux and stored unmoved in the négoçiant’s cellars, the selection offers an excellent opportunity to purchase Bordeaux classics with impeccable provenance. The vintage range starts in 1922 and moves up to the 93s, with all the great vintages from 28, 34, 37, 45, 49, 55, 59 and 61 represented. Magnums of Palmer 45 and 49, along with an original wooden case of Mouton 45, are some of the definitive highlights.
The second multi-vendor catalogue presents a multitude of lots directly consigned by Château Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande, including large formats from 1952 onwards; by Champagne Louis Roederer including large format Cristal and Cristal Rosé; and by Tenuta di Ornellaia, the only 2005 nine-liter bottle, sold to benefit Friends of Florence. Elsewhere in the auction, 10 bottles of Cheval-Blanc 1947 still in their original wooden case and straw will be offered, along with a case of 1990 Romanée-Conti and its cousin 1990 La Tâche, a triptych of d’Yquem imperials from 1988, 89 and 90, all the 2003 First Growths in Imperiale – and an impressive methuselah of 1978 Romanée-Conti.
Grands Crus II: Finest and Rarest Wines from the Superlative Collection of Christen Sveaas
November 3, Christie’s Los Angeles
On September 18th and 19th, 1997 an exceptional wine auction took place in London at Christie’s, King Street. The sale, titled GRANDS CRUS, consisted of 1499 lots of the finest, rarest and most sought-after wines that could be imagined, even by the most optimistic and creative wine lover. The final total of $11,290,054 still stands today, a decade later, as a record amount for any wine auction ever held in Europe.
The owner in question who sold his wines that day can now be officially revealed for the first time. He is Christen Sveaas, a successful Norwegian businessman and entrepreneur who has an unerring eye for the best in all things and a particular love and understanding of fine wines. The 1997 sale in London represented only a small part of his overall collection.
The time has come again, just over ten years after that landmark sale in London, for the legendary cellars of Christen Sveaas to be unlocked once more. This time, the sale will be held in the Christie’s Los Angeles saleroom, which is rapidly growing as a new center for the fine wine trade. The range of wines is, once again, most impressive. More details will be released shortly.
Fine Wines and Spirits
December 8, Christie’s New York
Finally, on December 8, Christie’s will provide a chance to warm up from the winter’s cold with the historic Spirits sale. Following a change of regulation for the State of New York, the International Wine Department has announced plans to hold the first liquor auction in New York since Prohibition began in 1920. Christie’s is currently accepting consignments of vintage cognac, armagnac, Scottish, Irish and American whiskies and other traditional spirits to ensure an exceptional selection for the upcoming sale.