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Sotheby’s to auction wines from Lacoste-Loubat Cellar

The sale of the Lacoste-Loubat Cellar collection that comprises more than 300 lots is estimated to fetch more than £800,000

Auction house Sotheby’s last week announced the sale of Lacoste-Loubat Cellar in its London sale of Finest & Rarest Wines on 23 October 2013. This private cellar, owned by the late Madame Lacoste-Loubat, is a remarkable treasure trove of three fabulous Right Bank wines: Châteaux Pétrus, Latour à Pomerol and La Fleur. After decades of resting in the cellar, the wines will be released to the connoisseurs around the world.

The sale of the collection that comprises more than 300 lots is estimated to fetch more than £800,000.

“It is an immense privilege to bring to auction the legendary Lacoste-Loubat Cellar. This is an unmissable opportunity to acquire a piece of Bordeaux history. The vast majority of the wines are mature and demanding to be drunk and appreciated, just one of the many enormous pleasures waiting to be experienced by wine lovers around the globe," says Serena Sutcliffe MW, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine Department, about the forthcoming auction.

Chateau Petrus 1949 and 1945 vintages.
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Chateau Petrus 1949 and 1945 vintages.

The range of vintages of Château Latour à Pomerol is even wider, from 1929 to 1995, available in bottles and magnums. The mythical 1947 is just one of many outstanding vintages on offer: a four-bottle lot is estimated to bring £3,800-4,800. A complete case of the fabled 1961 vintage carries an estimate of £40,000-50,000 for 12 bottles.

The sale provides a further treat for collectors with a wine that is rarely seen at auction. Covering a mere 6.3 hectares, Serena Sutcliffe says of Château La Fleur: “If ever there were a ‘secret’, inside track wine, this is it!" A parcel of the 1959 vintage is estimated at £500-600 per 12-bottle case.

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