News-Antique.com - Oct 12,2007 - New York, New York – On Monday, October 29th, 2007, Aulden Cellars-Sotheby’s will hold an Evening of Exceptional Wines, consisting of 144 lots of large-format bottles as well as a number of “super lots”. This exciting evening sale, which is expected to bring $2.8/3.6 million*, will feature wines with an average estimated lot value in excess of $20,000. Highlighting the sale are cases of 1989 and 1990 Romanée-Conti, estimated to sell for $100/150,000 and $120/200,000, respectively.
Dinner will be served to registered bidders at the evening sale and everyone attending is encouraged to bring their own bottles of wine from their cellars to enjoy during the auction (there is no corkage). Alternatively, wines can be purchased at Aulden Cellars retail shop, which will be open until 8pm that evening, located in Sotheby’s lobby. Within the sale is an offering of Finest and Rarest Wines from The Cellar of Ambassador Ronald Weiser (lots 33-57), recently removed from impeccable, temperature and humidity controlled subterranean private cellars. Of the offering, Serena Sutcliffe, MW, Head of Sotheby’s International Wine department, said: “Ron Weiser is one of America’s most meticulous wine collectors and greatest wine enthusiasts, with his love and knowledge of Europe reflected in the choice of his wines. He also has one of the most exciting collections of old wine in the States, obtained from the best sources in Europe over the years, including from Sotheby’s London auctions, particularly when verticals of the top classified growths came direct from the châteaux. It would be difficult to imagine another cellar from which we could glean a horizontal of the magical, sweet, lacy 1921s and another of the powerhouse 1928s, not to mention two fabulous magnums of 1926, easily the smallest vintage of this stunning decade, producing marvelous wines. Every detail of every purchase has been noted here and it is all transparently traceable. I have drunk many old wines from this cellar, served with great generosity and in a wonderful convivial atmosphere, and I can summon the memories now, at my desk! To round off this scintillating array of Golden Oldies, there is California’s most historic wine, Inglenook’s 1941, which is somehow fitting given the patriotism of this collector.”
Jamie Ritchie, Head of Sotheby’s Wine department in North America, continued: “We are very excited to introduce a new style of evening sale at Sotheby’s, where the wines have been curated so that we feature only the best wines from the greatest producers in the best years. At Sotheby’s, the evening sales of Impressionist and Contemporary Art offer the most highly prized and valuable works of art, and with this sale we have followed this format, limiting the number of lots to under 150, with an average value in excess of $20,000. As part of our new format, we will also be serving
dinner throughout the auction and everyone is invited to bring wines from their own cellars to share with friends.” Sale Highlights Highlighting the evening sale are two Bordeaux “super lots”, which each