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Rare Bordeauxs and Burgundies to be auctioned at Sotheby’s

Hot on the heels of its Hong Kong spring sale, Sotheby’s has announced another extensive fine and rare wine sale in Hong Kong due to take place end of May.

On 28 May, Sotheby’s Wine will present The Ultimate European Cellar From a Visionary Collector, a single-owner wine sale featuring over 970 lots of Europe’s greatest wines in Hong Kong. The estimated value of the sale is HK$60-82 million.

The owner of this collection had strong relationships over the years with some of the finest wine producers. According to the auction house, the depth and breadth of the collection is “a result of regular visits to vineyards, assessments of vintages, crus and terroirs, study of winemaking methods and changes with generations, followed by astute and perceptive wine buying”.

Adam Bilbey, head of Sotheby’s Wine & Spirits, Asia and Europe, said: “It is a great privilege for us to be entrusted with the sale of such an extraordinary cellar, one of the most historic collections to come to market in recent memory.

“Both in terms of scale and provenance, this collection is a glorious testament to a visionary collector. But as so often happens, that passion can lead to cellar overcrowding, resulting in a truly wonderful opportunity for wine lovers from across the world to appreciate and nurture these spectacular bottles.”

The sale offers a broad range of the greatest wines from top French producers spanning three centuries. It boasts an outstanding offering of Burgundies, featuring 75 lots of Henri Jayer, and 75 lots of DRC spanning seven decades.

Highlights from Bordeaux include 63 lots of Petrus spanning almost a century including the legendary vintages of 1945 and 1947, and from the Left Bank, Mouton Rothschild in a variety of formats. Historical vintages include Lafite 1898, and 83 Lots of Yquem spanning three centuries, with the oldest historic vintage dating back to 1865.

Alsace highlights are headed by Trimbach Clos Sainte Hune across four decades, whilst epic Hermitage La Chapelle vintages lead the Rhône offerings, signalling the collector’s friendship with the former owning family.

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