A MAGNIFICENT PRIVATE COLLECTION
The collection that follows has been carefully assembled over several decades, starting in the mid- 1980s. The collector enlisted the advice of a leading, New York-based consultant and writer, Judy Beardsall, who bought judiciously from the American and UK wine trade and directly from brokers and merchants in Continental Europe. Christie’s have been entrusted with selling large tranches of the collection over the years, and this offering marks one of the last releases of rarities from the collection.
The collection includes many superb examples of classic Bordeaux from the mid-20th century – stellar vintages of the greatest châteaux. The buyer had close relationships with several UK-based wine brokers who sold wine that came directly from the cellars of the French Merchant, Nicolas, in the late 1980s - several of these rare bottles feature here. Highlights include two magnums of Château Lafite-Rothschild 1959, bottles of Château Latour 1959 and magnums of La Mission-Haut-Brion 1966, which were bought between 1988 and 1991. Alongside these Nicolas bottles are Château La Mission-Haut-Brion from the legendary 1961 and 1955 vintages and Château Latour and Lafite-Rothschild from 1945.
Moving from the mid-20th century into more recent years of note in Bordeaux, the collection includes stellar wines from Châteaux Margaux and Palmer from the two iconic vintages of the early 1980s for this commune - 1982 and 1983. There are also older, classic vintages of Palmer including 1966 and 1970. If the wines of Margaux were the focus of this collector’s Left Bank affections, then Pomerol was where their Right banks tastes centered – Pétrus, L’Eglise-Clinet and Latour à Pomerol all feature from various vintages.
Bordeaux is without doubt the focus of the collection, but outside of France, Tuscany and in particular one of Tuscany’s greatest single varietal wines – Masseto plays an important role in giving this collection shape. Masseto is singular in its appeal and the vintages included here, 1995 and 1996 are two of the finest ever bottled.
Finally and of particular note is a focused collection of ancient Madeira covering three centuries. The oldest bottle in the collection – Barbeito Terrantez 1795 is legendary and rarely seen at auction, or indeed anywhere. The collection also includes Oscar Acciaioly 1802, Boal Quinta do Serrado 1827 and Quinta do Serrado Malmsey 1830 – historic bottles of great importance.
We are delighted to offer this spectacular collection—all recently removed from professional storage for this sale. Please contact the Wine Department with any enquiries about specific lots, or for an appointment to view wines from the collection.
Château Lafite-Rothschild 1945
Pauillac, 1er cru classé
Levels: three upper shoulder, five mid shoulder; scuffed capsules, two torn with cork exposed, one corroded capsule, Château and vintage branded corks, bin soiled labels, three torn labels
8 bottles per lot