A ‘benchmark’ collection of Bordeaux will go under the hammer in London next month.
The sale, hosted by Sotheby’s on 16 May, will feature a strong selection of 1982 blue chip claret, with a good selection of large format bottles on offer. With 194 lots in total, the sale is expected to realise around £1.3 million.
Buyers can expect a range of bottles, magnums and double magnums from the 1982 vintage spanning Lafite, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Petrus and Cheval Blanc.
Other notable lots will include 1990 Chateau Margaux and 1970, 1975, 1989 and 1990 Petrus. White Burgundy, red Rhone and a selection of fine Champagne will also be on offer.
Serena Sutcliffe MW, Sotheby’s honorary chairman of Wine, said: “These truly ‘bankable’ wines that made the formidable reputation of Bordeaux provide some of the greatest tastes we can ever experience. It is taxing, to say the least, to pick out glittering favourites among ‘The Battle of the First Growths’ and their equivalents on the Right Bank.
“The serious side of this great collection was in its acquisition and care, as provenance and storage are a given. Now is the moment for these landmark wines to be enjoyed to the full.”