Exceptional European collection leads April fine wine sale

Fine and Rare Wines
3 Apr 2014
London, New Bond Street

An exceptionally strong and varied selection of wines consigned by a private collector in Germany forms the centre piece of Bonhams Fine Wine Sale in London on April 3rd.
Offered over 175 lots, the collection features a 12 bottle assortment case from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from the 1990 vintage, made up of three bottles each of La Tâche and Romanée-St-Vivant, two bottles of both Richebourg and Echézeaux and one bottle of Romanée-Conti and Grands-Echézeaux. The case is estimated at £25,000-35,000.
The collection boasts an unusually fine choice of large formats. A magnum of Pétrus 1982 is estimated at £5,000-8,000 and magnums from 1990 and 1981 carry estimates of £3,800-4,500 and £1,000-1,500 respectively. An imperial of 1989 Château Lynch-Bages is estimated at £1,200-1,600 and a jeroboam of Château Mouton Rothschild 1990 at £1,300-1,500. Two magnums of Hermitage, La Chapelle 1990 are offered at £1,100-1,400 and two magnums of Vega-Sicilia, Unico 1968 at £1,500-1,800.
Bordeaux wines are particularly well represented in the collection with four bottles of Château Haut-Brion 1989 and four of the 1990 vintage forming one lot estimated at £4,800-5,500. Five bottles of the 1989 Château La Mission Haut-Brion carry an estimate of £2,200-3,000.
Elsewhere in the sale, the top lot is an original sealed case of Romanée Conti 1988 estimated at £90,000-110,000. A second Domaine de la Romanee-Conti assortment case with wines of the 2008 vintage, consisting of three bottles of La Tâche, two bottles each of Richebourg, Romanée-St-Vivant and Echézeaux and single bottles of Grands Echézeaux, Romanée-Conti.and, most unusually, Montrachet.is offered at £20,000-25,000.
A second cellar of 90 lots from a member of the United Kingdom wine trade offers a broad range of Bordeaux from 1995 to 2006 and a variety of vintages and vineyards from some of Burgundy's top producers, including .Domaines Frederic Esmonin and Robert Chevillon.


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