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Triple bill of Burgundy, Vega Sicilia and Italian wines in Sotheby's London September Wine Sale
Echézeaux 1985 Henri Jayer, 12 bottles: est. £26,000-34,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby’s London Sale of Finest and Rarest Wines is to present a triple bill of perfection this 12 September 2012. A Burgundy cellar, a selection of Vega Sicilia and an Italian Wine collection are “such stuff as dreams are made on", and stand poised to steal this Autumn’s vinous stage. The sale is set to realise £1 - £1.3 million.

The sale begins with a superb Burgundy collection featuring over 200 lots of the very best that this glorious region can produce.

Recently removed from the cellars of an historic English Country house, this collection displays the depth and richness of the Côte d’Or’s most magical domains. Studded with glittering names from DRC to Jayer, Dujac to Rousseau, de Vogüé to Roumier, Leroy to Fourrier, Grivot to Gros, Méo Camuzet to Mongeard Mugneret, the cellar boasts vintages from 1955 to 1990.

Serena Sutcliffe MW, Worldwide Head of Wine at Sotheby’s, said “With Autumn in the air in Europe, this is the moment for matching furred and feathered game with exciting Burgundy - and this selection offers tantalising possibilities for comparison and long, hedonistic Burgundy dinners.”

Highlights include:

• Lot 19, La Tâche 1971 Domaine de la Romanée Conti, 10 bottles: est. £20,000-26,000

‘It is just so haunting and mellow, staying beautifully present in the glass and continuing to enchant. Rich, deep ‘sous-bois’. Entrancing.’ SS

• Lot 95 Echézeaux 1985 Henri Jayer, 12 bottles: est. £26,000-34,000

• Lot 55 Chambertin 1986 Armand Rousseau, 12 bottles: est. £4,000-5,000

• Lot 76 Bonnes Mares 1990 Domaine Georges Roumier, 6 bottles: est. £3,400-4,200

Following this magnificent debut, the sale continues with a remarkable collection of Vega Sicilia from Spain’s Ribera del Duero region.

‘Vega Sicilia is a name that resounds throughout the world, a vinuous flagship for its country and a landmark for serious collectors everywhere.’ SS

Featuring Vega Sicilia Unico from almost every vintage from 1959-1986 in either bottle or magnum format, the collection also includes a parcel of the Reserva Especial from different release dates. Purchased directly from Vega Sicilia, the majority is presented in original wooden cases.

Highlights include:

• Lot 240, Vega Sicilia ‘Unico’ 1968, 6 bottles est. £3,000-4,000

• Lot 265, Vega Sicilia ‘Unico’ 1986, 1 magnum, est. £320-400

• Lot 245, Vega Sicilia ‘Unico’ 1970, 1 magnum, est. £600-800

After the ‘interval’, a unique and exciting collection of Italian wines starts the second session of the sale.

Assembled by a true connoisseur, this highly singular and distinctive collection features over 200 lots from the most fêted Italian producers. Bruno Giacosa, Angelo Gaja, Giacomo Conterno, the Super Tuscans Marchesi Antinori, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Tenuta San Guido, speak for the unmistakable quality of the wines here – excellent vintages, scoring high and many suitable for drinking now.

Highlights include:

• Lots 460-462 Gaja mixed lot: Sorì San Lorenzo 2004 (2 bottles), Sorì Tildin 2004 (2 bottles), Costa Russi 2004 (2 bottles); 6 bottles per lot, est. £880-1,100

• Lot 474 Barolo, Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba, Riserva 2005 Bruno Giacosa, 12 bottles est. £1,400-1,800

• Lots 515-516 Masseto 2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, 6 bottles est. £1,900-2,400 per lot

‘Totally opulent and mouth-filling, with great polished tannins and supremely healthy fruit… just so fruity and tempting, and yet with real depth.’ SS.

No Finest and Rarest sale would be complete without a resplendent selection of Classed Growth Bordeaux. This sale is no exception, and there is top class wine to choose from, such as these gems from the collection of a distinguished Master of Wine:

• Lots 450-451, Château Lafite 1989, 12 bottles per lot, est. £5,500-7,500

• Lots 452-454, Château Lafite 1990, 12 bottles per lot, est. £5,500-7,500

And finally, for those with Champagne occasions on the horizon, a Methuselah of Louis Roederer Cristal 2000 would fit the bill, serving up to 48 guests in one pour!

• Lot 757, Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2000, 1 Methuselah (6 litres), est. £5,000-6,000

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