9-23 FebruaryChristie’s Wine Online AuctionView now
Late in 2015, our team of European and American Wine Specialists visited the Bavarian home of Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein. Set deep in the Bavarian countryside, the estate was an ideal setting for inspecting and preparing almost 13,000 bottles for sale. The first selection was offered in late 2015 at Christie’s Rockefeller Center and achieved strong results. The final tranche of the collection is offered here as a Single Owner online sale, Christie’s Wine Online/NYC: The Baron von Staff-Reitzenstein Collection.
These wines come entirely from the Baron’s personal collection, which was stored in purpose-built cellars before shipment to New York; accordingly, the wines are in superb condition. Comprehensive in scope, yet inspiring in depth and focus, it is one of the most singular and impressive wine collections we have offered in recent years.
The sale opens with a collection of Tignanello in large format from the stellar 1985 vintage and continues through mature vintages of many of the greatest Super Tuscans, before moving north to Piedmont and the majestic wines of Angelo Gaja.
Find an outstanding assortment of Bordeaux and other fine bottles in Christie’s Wine Online/NYC: The Baron von Staff-Reitzenstein Collection.
Bordeaux is extremely well represented by a balanced selection of wines from the Left and Right Bank. Left Bank highlights include Pavillon Rouge du Châteaux Margaux, Pichon-Lalande and Léoville-Poyferré. On the Right Bank, the wines of St. Émilion are of particular interest, with deep parcels of Château Beau-Séjour-Bécot, Bellevue-Mondotte, Canon-la-Gaffelière and Monbousquet.
Find an outstanding assortment of Rhône wines and other fine bottles in Christie’s Wine Online/NYC: The Baron von Staff-Reitzenstein Collection.
Baron von-Staff Reitzenstein owned one of the largest private collections of Maison Chapoutier wines we have ever seen at auction. The majority were sold in the New York auction in December, and now we offer the final selection of these mesmerizing wines. Under the stewardship of Michael Chapoutier since 1990, Maison Chapoutier combines the modern and the traditional, crusading for biodynamic winemaking while expanding operations globally and experimenting with cutting-edge techniques. Chapoutier’s family motto is Fac et Spera – ‘do and hope’ – which sums up the daring and patience that the art of winemaking demands: daring in the winemaker’s personal choices; patience in relation to nature, the presiding force.
Finally, and of great importance to this sale, is an exceptional collection of rare Australian wines, seldom seen at auction in New York. We’re thrilled to offer jewels from Clarendon Hills, Greenock Creek, Penfolds and Torbreck, elegant expressions of Australian Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon which are evolving toward full maturity. Australian wines are sometimes criticized for their lack of nuance and delicacy, but we would argue that the greatest examples represent classic winemaking at its finest: these are characterful and compelling wines with structure that insures longevity. Baron von Staff-Reitzenstein stored his wines in perfect conditions and hand-selected great vintages. We urge lovers of these wines to capitalize on this opportunity.
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