Sotheby's Wine is the most experienced and successful team in wine auctioning. Sotheby’s has been selling wine in London since 1970, in New York since 1994 and in Hong Kong since 2009. The department takes pride in offering only wine in the best condition and with excellent provenance, and the team’s well-earned reputation has attracted many of the most prestigious collectors and discriminating buyers in the world. Sotheby's Wine holds over 20 auctions each year, worldwide.
We are proud to support a number of different causes, in various different ways, throughout the year. Our wine auctioneers, Jamie Ritchie, Robert Sleigh and Eliza Osborne donate their time, advice and auctioneering skills to a diverse group of 501C3 charities and have helped raise millions of dollars at benefit auctions for art institutions, educational programs, health foundations and a variety of similar organizations.
Sotheby’s Wine, London is honoured to offer one of the most exciting private collections of wines to come to auction in years. This treasured collection glitters with a multitude of gems from some of the starriest of vintages, estates and domains, lovingly and meticulously cared for and enjoyed by the owner with family and friends over many decades.
The collection is a roll call of some of the greatest Bordeaux of the 20th Century. Spanning vintages from 1938 to 2009, no fewer than 12 châteaux from the outstanding 1959 vintage and 22 from the legendary 1961 vintage, including all five of the First Growths, feature in this sale. The depth and breadth on offer of the stunning 1982 vintage is mouth-watering.
Large formats are a special feature and include 51 Imperials, Jeroboams from 5 vintages, headlined by Château Latour 1961 and Petrus 1978 and a fantastic range of Double Magnums, including Mouton 1959, Palmer 1961, Petrus 1975 and Lafite, Margaux and Petrus 1982.
The line-up from Burgundy impresses with Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1988, 1993, 1996 and 2003. Highlights of the magnificent white Burgundy on offer include vintages of Montrachet DRC from 1978 to 1997 and Grand Cru Leflaive from 1985, 1988 and 1995.
Fabulous Hermitage, La Chapelle 1961, 1978 and 1990 lead the Rhône section which also includes Rayas 1978 and Guigal’s iconic Côte Rôties from the 1985 vintage.
Champagne lovers will be delighted by the show-stopping selection which is bookended by Krug Collection 1959 and parcels of Salon 1990 and 1996. Further highlights include Dom Pérignon 1961 and Pol Roger, Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1975.
A dazzling array of rare and historic vintages of Port, Madeira and Cognac round off the collection. 12 bottles of Taylor 1945 stand out amongst the Port on offer and nearly a hundred years of Madeira is covered from 1820 Boal Solera to 1916 vintage Malmsey. The extraordinary range of Cognac is represented by 27 different vintages stretching back to 1858 Sazerac de Forge, with Croizet Bonaparte Fine Champagne 1906 and 1914 in magnum highlights from the first half of the last Century.
November 16, 2016
Sotheby’s Wine will round out its New York calendar of auctions on 19 November 2016 with Champagne Bollinger, Direct From The Cellars & Finest Wines. In addition to the century of Bollinger, including a once in a lifetime visit and tasting, the sale features an extraordinary offering of wine from Domaine de la Romanée Conti, over 50 cases of which are offered in never-before-opened banded cases. Further highlights include a West Coast collection with perfectly stored DRC and Bordeaux; the cellar of the late Martin Kaplan; 1960s Clair Daü and Armand Rousseau from the cellar of a former member of La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin; and a rare magnum of the mythical Château Cheval Blanc 1947. Two lots benefiting the American Friends of the newly opened Cité du Vin in Bordeaux are also included with unique visits, lunch and dinner at Château Mouton Rothschild and Petrus.
November 19, 2016
Vinitaly is the main reference event in the wine sector: the 2013 edition welcomed more than 4 thousand exhibitors with 148 thousand visitors (52,979 international from 120 countries).
Four days of major events, meetings, tastings and targeted workshops to encourage contacts between exhibiting cellars and trade operators, together with an impressive convention programme discussing and analysing topics associated with supply and demand in Italy, Europe and the rest of the world.
March 26 - 29, 2017 Verona
April 3 - April 7, 2017 Bordeaux