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Press Release - March 4, 2019
Burgundy, DRC, Wines from The Castle Cellar highlights in Heritage’s March Wine AuctionBordeaux also featured heavily in first Signature Sale of 2019
"We are thrilled to represent an incredible consignment of Burgundy, including a banded (never opened) case of 2005 La Tâche and pristine bottles of 1964 DFC Richebourg," Heritage Auctions Fine Wine Director Frank Martell said. "The heart of this sale is top-growth Bordeaux. This choice consignment is local and pristine, with cases of the best of the best spanning the well-aged modern vintages of 1995-2000."
Among the top lots in the sale is a La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Bottle (6). With a pre-auction estimate of $24,000-32,500, the lot is one of many DRC offerings among the sale's 704 lots.
Among the Bordeaux lots in the auction, some of the elite choices include Château Pétrus 1995 Pomerol Bottle (12) (estimate: $20,000-28,000), Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Bottle (12) (estimate: $18,000-24,000) and Château Lafite Rothschild 2000 Pauillac Bottle (12) (estimate: $13,000-16,000).
Not to be missed are five Sine Qua Non lots, including the elusive Sine Qua Non Red 2001 Rudy Matt Cuvee Bottle (1), (estimate $12,000-15,000), which is one of just 24 ever made. The Rudy Matt Cuvee comes from the same consignor who produced the record-breaking Sine Qua Non Red 2001 Rudy Matt Cuvee Double-Magnum (1) that sold for a record $79,300 in March 2018.
The auction includes a collection of 144 lots from The Castle in Leicester, Massachusetts, one of the longest-lived and most awarded culinary meccas since its founding in 1950. The Castle's wine list has won 18 Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator since the late 1980s. The Nicas family, which owns The Castle, has been responsible for the creation of the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the International Wine and Food Society, the Colonial New England Chapter of the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs and the Joseph Donon Chapter of Les Amis D'Escoffier, among other organizations. The Castle's consignment includes marquee names like Mouton, Lafite, Haut Brion and Cheval, etc. Some of the top lots from the consignment include, but are not limited to:
· Château Lafite Rothschild 1981 Pauillac Bottle (12) – estimate: $6,000-8,000
· Château Lafite Rothschild 1983 Pauillac Bottle (9) – estimate: $4,500-6,000
· Château Latour Pauillac Bottle (12) – estimate: $4,000-5,000
· Château Margaux 1985 Margaux Bottle (12) – estimate: $4,000-5,000
Château Mouton Rothschild 1981 Pauillac Bottle (12) – estimate: $4,000-5,000One of the truly unique items in the sale is a Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 1949 Wehlener Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, J.J. Prum Bottle (1) (estimate: $3,000-4,000), a lot so rare it is believed this is the first offering at auction in more than two decades.
To see images and learn more about the 704 lots in Heritage Auctions' Fine & Rare Wine Auction, visit ha.com/5414.
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