AN EXCEPTIONAL PRIVATE COLLECTION
Christie's Wine Department is delighted to introduce a magnificent collection to open Christie's June Luxury Week sales in London. Superlative wines from the world's great collections are more in-demand than ever, so we are proud to present our clients with such an extraordinary offering of some of the greatest wines ever bottled.
The collection is exceptional for several reasons. The collector was well-known to Christie’s, a friend of the Wine Department and someone who loved wine. He followed the market for the finest wines for decades and bought extremely carefully. He generally bought wine at auction to drink and enjoy, and bought wines to lay down and keep from a small number of London’s finest merchants. Almost every lot in this sale was bought by the consignor on release from only the most reputable four wine merchants.
Of these wines, none ever left the consignor’s storage accounts in the bonded warehouses where the respective merchants store. The provenance of the wines in the collection is impeccable in every sense. Christie’s Specialist team inspected the property prior to sale, most of the cases in the collection had never been opened. Almost every lot of wine from The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was banded, prior to Specialist inspection. The condition of the wines in the collection is superb and representative of how vitally important perfect storage is on the greatest wines.
The collector’s tastes were impeccable, sophisticated and, it seems, he knowingly or unknowingly looked ahead to predict which wines the market would cry out for in years and decades to come. The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Rousseau, Roumier and Comte de Vogüé all feature in deep parcels. The wines of The Domaine form the backbone of the Burgundy collection and offer incredible riches. Six-pack wooden cases of La Tâche from almost every vintage of the 1990s are followed by Richebourg and Romanee-St-Vivant in similar formats and vintages. From Roumier, we offer a magnificent stack of previously unopened cases of Bonnes-Mares, Clos Vougeot, Ruchottes-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny 1er Crus. Full cases of Rousseau’s Chambertin from superb vintages, sit next to cases of Guigal La Turque and La Mouline from the legendary 1991 vintage – highlights from the Rhône section.
While a lot of the “drama” is outside of Bordeaux, the depth of quality and volume of sheer magnificence is here. It has been a long time since we’ve offered such deep parcels of Petrus, Lafleur and Le Pin as we are here, or case upon case of First Growth from the best five star vintages of the latter half of the 20th and 21st century.
This is a wonderful collection, the like of which rarely comes to market. The quality of the wine is excellent, but it is the provenance and superlative condition that really sets this collection apart. We are honoured to be entrusted with this august collection.
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche 1990
Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits
In original wooden case. Excellent appearance. Levels: two 1.5cm, three 2cms and one 2.5cms
6 bottles per lot