Government cellar to be auctioned by Christie’s

Posted by on March 11, 2013
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Christie’s have announced that they will be auctioning wines from the UK government’s cellar on the 21st of March at King Street.

Rare lots include: six bottles of Latour 1961, six bottles of 1970 Pétrus, a case of Mouton Rothschild and a case of 1986 Le Pin. In total they have been estimated to raise as much as £65,000.

Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds said in the statement:  “I warmly welcome this auction of wine from the Government Wine Cellar. This is part of the process for making the cellar self-funding for the lifetime of the current parliament.”

Christie’s international director of wines, David Elswood, said: “This is a truly rare opportunity for buyers to have the chance to pull the cork from a bottle of very fine wine that comes with the unique storage provenance of the Government Hospitality Fund’s very own cellars.”

Susan Crown, a Foreign Office spokeswoman also commented saying that: “These vintages are too valuable to drink,” “It was never the intention to buy expensive wine. Their sale will help pay for the running of the cellar and the purchase of less expensive ones.”

However, high quality French wines will continue to be served at functions, Crown commented that “When President Obama comes to dinner, you can’t serve him Lambrini. ”

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Exciting additions to the El Bulli auction

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The chance to win dinner with the restaurants founder Ferran Adrià as well as a range of memorabilia and equipment used in the three Michelin-starred restaurant’s kitchen, have been added to the approaching El Bulli auction.

The auction hosted by Sotheby’s, will take place over two phases, the first in Hong Kong on 3 April, and the second in New York on the 26th April.  Lots will include a range of highly sought after wines such as: Pingus, Vega Sicilia, L’Ermita, Beaucastel, Yquem, as well as DRC.

All of the wines in the sale will come with a “specially designed” El Bulli sticker and many of the bottles will be signed by Ferran Adrià and business partner Juli Soler.

The Hong Kong sale features a total of 445 lots estimated to sell for HK$6-8 million, including three bottles of La Tâche 2003 signed by Adrià, estimated to sell for HK$70,000-100,000.

Profits from the auction will go towards the El Bulli Foundation – a culinary think tank, where Adrià explores new cooking practices. The Foundation is set to open next year and will offer 20-25 scholarships per year for chefs to spend a year working alongside Adrià

El Bulli was voted the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine five times, and is famous for creating revolutionary dishes using molecular gastronomy.



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