Magnificent Single-Owner Collection At Bonhams Paris Wine Sale

Paris – A single-owner wine sale telling the incredible story of Australian businessman and philanthropist Basil Sellers's 40-year wine odyssey will take place at Bonhams Paris saleroom on Thursday 24 March. The Collection of an Important Villa at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat was sourced mainly from respected UK wine merchants and the auction houses of London.

The collection traces the story from the Reynella Vintage Reserve 1963, which Basil first tasted in his home city of Adelaide, to the wines of the Hunter Valley he encountered when he moved to Sydney; and finally to Europe when a chance encounter with a fine bottle of Château Beychevelle sparked an interest in Bordeaux. From there he was introduced to the great French wines which have proved such an inspiration and which make up most of the collection in the sale.

Oliver Wiseman, Bonhams senior wine specialist in Paris, said: "We are delighted to present this magnificent cellar that Basil built up at his wonderful home, Villa Cuccia Noya in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the Côte d'Azur. Treasures include examples from his favourite châteaux such as Château Latour 1961 and rare vintages of Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Cheval Blanc including the legendary 1947. Leading Burgundy domaines, such as Romanée-Conti, J-F Mugnier, Frédéric Esmonin, Clos de Tart and Armand Rousseau are also well represented."

Highlights include:

• Three magnums of Château Latour 1947 ranging in estimate from €3,000-3,500 to €2,500-3,000 each.
• Two magnums of Château Mouton Rothschild 1959 estimated at €5,000-6,000 each.
• Three bottles of Château Latour 1961 estimated at €8,000-9,000.
• Four magnums of La Romanée 2000 Bouchard Père et Fils. Estimated at €6,500-7,500.
• Ten bottles of Bâtard-Montrachet 2002 Domaine Leflaive. Estimated at €5,000-6,000.
• Five bottles of Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2004 Giacomo Conterno. Estimated at €3,800-4,500.

8 March

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