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Awe-inspiring Burgundy auction scheduled for the autumn

Posted by on July 16, 2013
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In excess of 140 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, worth an estimated $2.1 million, will be sold at auction this September.

Sotheby’s have announced that the sale will take place in in Hong Kong on September the 7th.

The wines are derived from eight grand cru-designated vineyards in the Côte d’Or, with the most desirable being from Vosne-Romanée. These include Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Echézeaux and Richebourg.

The sale includes:

• 36 six-liter methuselahs

• 18 lots of Romanée Conti

• More than 70 magnums

• Vintages from 1970 to 2003

• 30+ lots of Echézeaux and Grands Echézeaux.

There is increased need for guarantee of provenance due to the Rudy Kurniawan counterfeit scandal, Sotheby’s emphasise that the wines on offer have been stored correctly and that the source is highly legitimate.

The auction house states that: ‘All the wines in this sale were purchased, on release, directly from one of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s importers, and were subsequently sold as a part of a larger collection to the current owner. So the wines have only been owned by two collectors since being distributed by the importer.’

Hong Kong is also set to host a sale of wines direct from the cellars of first-growth Bordeaux estate Haut-Brion.



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‘Christie’s removes suspected fake DRC from New York auction’

Posted by on June 03, 2013
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Christie’s have announced that a suspected fake magnum of 1962 La Tâche was removed from its fine and rare wines auction taking place in New York over 30 and 31 May. The respective wine had a top estimate of US$24,000 excluding buyer’s premium.

‘The lot in question has been withdrawn from sale to allow time for in-person inspection by additional third-party experts,’ said a Christie’s spokesperson.

Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, is said to have welcomed the decision, and after seeing a photo of the wine, he said there were ‘justified doubts’ over some aspects of the labelling and bottle cap.’It is therefore right that Christie’s has withdrawn [this wine] from sale pending a more complete expert opinion,’ he told

Don Cornwell, lawyer and Burgundy collector was the first person to raise initial doubts regarding the authenticity, which he did via a forum post on the Wine Berserkers website.

He also speculated that the magnum may have originated from alleged wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan, due to the identical defects to several of the pre-1978 DRC bottles sourced by Kurniawan.


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