A pair of exceptional wines turning 50 highlights the February US Fine & Rare Wine sale

NEW YORK—The February 25 auction of Fine & Rare Wines at Bonhams in New York and San Francisco, and simulcast in Los Angeles, will feature a pair of exceptional and rare wines which will turn half a century old in 2012. The first bottle of the pair - a main highlight to the auction - is a rare and perfect magnum of 1962 Krug Collection (pre-sale est. $7,000-$9,000), from the first vintage produced under Henri Krug. It has been more than two years since a magnum of this wine has appeared at auction.

The other rare 50-year-old bottle of wine is an immaculate 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Shiraz (pre-sale est. $3,000-$5,000). It has been more than three years since a bottle of this wine has been available at auction. Made by the legendary Max Schubert, this wine was #7 on Decanter magazine's "100 Wines to Try before you Die," stating:

"Made by Grange pioneer Max Schubert, this legendary wine is considered by many to be the finest Australian wine ever made. Andre Tchelistcheff, the founding father of Californian wine, instructed a room of Napa Valley to 'stand in the presence of this wine'...Not only had Schubert created 'Australia's greatest red wine,' says Halliday, 'he laid the ground for the revolution in Australian red winemaking'."

Also highlighting this sale will be a fine selection from a Bay Area collector, featuring numerous cases of Bordeaux from top vintages in the 80s and 90s, as well as an extraordinary array of domestic cabernet sauvignon. Among the domestic cabernets are multiple vintages of Diamond Creek, Dunn, La Jota and the Grace Family, all in various format sizes up to Imperials.

Another exceptional collection from a San Francisco cellar includes a myriad of perfectly-stored French and California classics. The French selections include such notable wines as a 1961 Dom Perignon (pre-sale est. $800-$1000), 11 bottles of 1961 Chateau Haut Brion (pre-sale est. $11,000-$18,000) and a magnum of 1969 Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache (pre-sale est. $4,000-$5,000). Notable among the California classics are two of the legendary wines featured in the 1976 "Judgement of Paris" tasting, the 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (pre-sale est. $400-$600) and the 1970 Heitz Cellars Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (pre-sale est. $250-$350).

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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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