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Burgundy, Bordeaux Wines Bound for Historic Auction

Baghera Wines is holding a special wine auction on May 22 in Geneva, which will include 1,407 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and 3,000 bottles of the finest Bordeaux.

The executive director of Baghera Wine, Michael Ganne, says that this auction is the most important of the last 20 years in continental Europe. The Burgundy winegrowing region of France will take pride of place with its highly renowned Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

It will be a historic moment as 266 lots, or 1,407 bottles, will be auctioned off, with buyers getting their hands on millésimes from as far back as 1966. Bidding will begin at CHF1,600 (approx. €1,450) for a bottle of La Tâche 1966, while a lot of twelve bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1988 has an estimate of CHF120,000 (approx. €109,000).

The importance of the auction is also reflected in the high-end Bordeaux wines, which will be up for grabs. A Château Yquem collection from 1848 to 1976 will go on sale, while a bottle of Yquem 1848 has an estimate of CHF15,000 (approx. €13,600). The sale will include big Bordeaux names such as Lafite-Rothschild (1966), Margaux (1990), Mouton-Rothschild (1982, 2000), Haut-Brion (1945, 1989), Cheval-Blanc (1947), Ausone (1996) and Pétrus (2000).

The auction has a total of 612 lots, with an estimate of CHF6-9 million (approx. €5,500,000).

Lot 549: 1 bottle of Château d'Yquem, 1867. © Baghera Wines

Lot 549: 1 bottle of Château d’Yquem, 1867. © Baghera Wines

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A museum displays Mouton Rothschild wine labels

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild has announced plans to permanently open a museum that will house its collection of wine labels rendered by artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Andy Warhol and Prince Charles.

After traveling the world, the exhibition Mouton Rothschild Paintings for the Labels will find a permanent home on the chateau estate in Pauillac in the Medoc alongside the existing Museum of Art in Wine.

The chateau is currently undergoing major renovations and is expected to open to the public in June.

Over 70 years, the wine producer enlisted some of the greatest artists around the world to design bottle labels which in addition to Picasso and Warhol included Keith Haring, Anish Kapoor, Salvador Dali, Lucien Freud and Chinese calligrapher Gu Gan.

As compensation, artists were paid with 10 cases of Mouton Rothschild. Labels on display date as far back as 1924, and from 1945 to 2010.

The collection of wine labels, which has traveled to 42 cities since 1981 in locations such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, London and New York, will continue to visit other cities as temporary exhibit.

Louis Vuitton wine travel case

French wines travel in Louis Vuitton style

Louis Vuitton wine travel case

For one French wine house, when traveling with valuable, vintage wines there is no wrapping bottles in socks and sweaters, cushioning them with towels and nestling them in suitcases.

For Cordier Mestrezat Grands Crus, prized wines travel in style, laid snugly in a custom-made Louis Vuitton carrying case that can house four bottles.

The specially commissioned wine travel case was showcased at Vinexpo in Bordeaux this week, to mark the French winemaker’s 125th anniversary.
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Xu Lei Designs Mouton Rothschild’s Label

Mouton-Rothschild has asked a Beijing artist, Xu Lei, to design the label for its 2008 vintage, in the footsteps of Georges Braque, Salvador Dali or Joan Miro.

Kept under wraps until the last moment, the predominantly blue painting features a ram standing on a rock and was chosen by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, owner of the French chateau and a patron of the arts.

The Baroness’ father Philippe first enlisted an artist to design Mouton’s label in 1924, and every label since 1945 has featured a new work of art.
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World Auction Record for a Dom Pérignon Rosé in Hong Kong

Acker Merrall & Condit conducted its first wine auction in Hong Kong on May 31, which realized $8.2 million and established new record.

The total was the highest for any wine auction held in Hong Kong to date (the sales was held in the wake of new Hong Kong legislation that abolished all taxes and duties on wine).

Bidding was fiercely competitive for a case of 6 magnums of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 which fetched HK$1,306,000 (US$167,436) and a case of 12 bottles of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 sold for HK$1,210,000 (US$155,128).
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