ESSEX, England – Sworders will conduct its biggest ever sale of fine wine and port, with nearly 500 lots going under the hammer on Tuesday, July 23. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
The auction will feature wines from all over the globe—a particular highlight being nine bottles of French wine 1988 La Tache DRC from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti estate in Burgundy, widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest wine producers. The lot is expected to reach between £8,000 and £10,500.
“The Burgundy region of France is known for smaller, less commercial vineyards with a more erratic climate, which produce wines with an old world charm. When the weather conditions allow, some years produce exceptional vintages and are more in demand than the top Bordeaux,” said Sworder’s marketing executive George Schooling.
From the other side of the world, there are also 10 bottles of 1986 Penfolds Grange Bin 95. Schooling commented: “Penfolds was the first Australian winery to produce recognised fine wine and its appeal spans from Europe to China. It is this prestige, as well as the quality of the wine, which pushes the estimate for this lot up to £2,500-£3,500.”
Staying with some of the lesser-known wine regions, there is also a selection of German Riesling, which has proven to be a productive hunting ground for good value wine. One such example in the auction is 12 bottles of 2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese. Situated in the Mosel Valley region of western Germany, the slopes produce some the finest German wines and this lot is remarkably good value at £400-£500.
There is also a 12-bottle case of 1998 Chateau Lafite with an estimate of £5,000-£6,000 and some good examples of more affordable wines and ports, including a 1977 12-bottle fifth-growth case of Chateau Batailley from the prestigious Pauillac area of Bordeaux, which can be secured for around £200-£250.
“Whether as an investment, or to start drinking straight away, Sworders latest Fine Wine and Port sale has a selection of lots to suit a wide variety of pockets and tastes,” said Schooling.
The Fine Wine and Port sale starts at 11 a.m. GMT (3 a.m. Pacific) at Sworder’s auction rooms in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex on July 23.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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