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Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

I’ve always wanted to go to a wine auction and the accompanying dinner. If I could find someone to drive to Chicago with me on the morning of Dec 4, I might just try to go to this. 1982 Bordeaux … wow! Even if I don’t make it to Chicago, I will definitely try to watch the auction online on Dec 5.

For full effect, I’ve literally just pasted in most of the press release:

Hart Davis Hart to Auction Important Single-Owner Wine Collection on December 5th in Chicago

Estimated to bring $3-$4.5 million, it is the largest single cellar wine auction offered in the United States in 2009 to date

(November 4, 2009 – Chicago, IL) – Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the internationally renowned wine auction house and retailer, will hold an exciting single-owner sale, “An Important Private Collection, Including Finest Bordeaux and Californian Wines” on December 5th at award-winning restaurant Tru (676 N. St. Clair St, Chicago). This auction presents a selection from one of the largest and most important private cellars in the world. These wines comprise a veritable library of the most esteemed wines of Europe and America from the most heralded vintages of the latter 20th and early 21st centuries. All wines were purchased from top sources and cellared in ideal professional and home storage.

Bordeaux from classic and increasingly rare vintages 1949, 1959, and 1961 will be represented alongside the greatest wines from modern vintages 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2003. The sale features an impressive 288 lots of first growth Bordeaux, with 55 lots of Château Lafite-Rothschild spanning 15 vintages, 65 lots of Château Mouton-Rothschild spanning 17 vintages and 66 lots of Château Latour. An incredible selection of Château Pétrus covers 57 lots and is estimated to bring between $658,500 and $972,100.

Also included is a deep selection of wines from Harlan Estate, featuring 45 lots across 11 vintages estimated at roughly $200,000-$300,000, including six 12-bottle lots of the 100-point rated 1994 vintage and five 12-bottle lots of the 100-point rated 1997 vintage. Other California highlights include 23 lots of Dominus, many in double-magnum and imperial format.

The 836 lot auction, is estimated to fetch between $3.0 million and $4.5 million. It will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m at Tru Restaurant in Chicago. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge. Reservations for lunch during the auction ($75) should be made by calling Maria Elgass at 312.573.5597 or by emailing her at melgass@hdhwine.com.

To celebrate the collection, Hart Davis Hart will host a dinner at the historic, Morton’s of Chicago Steakhouse on Friday, December 4th, featuring wines from the legendary 1982 vintage from Bordeaux. Seating is extremely limited. Please contact Marc Smoler at 312.482.9766 or msmoler@hdhwine.com for more details.

Highlights from the December 5th Auction Include:
Lot 10: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (1 imp (6L)) (Est. $16,000-24,000)
Lot 95: 1959 Château Haut-Brion (12 bs) (Est. $12,000-18,000)
Lot 340: 1982 Château Pétrus (12 bs) (Est. $24,000-35,000)
Lot 381: 2000 Château Pétrus (12 bs) (Est. $28,000-42,000)
Lot 434: 1989 Château La Mission Haut Brion (12 bs) (Est. $7,000-10,000)
Lot 574: 2000 Montrachet Comtes Lafon (12 bs) (Est. $7,000-10,000)
Lot 609: 1996 Krug, Brut (12 bs) (Est. $2,400-3,500)
Lot 626: 1997 Sorì San Lorenzo Gaja (12 bs) (Est. $2,600-3,800)
Lot 629: 1970 Unico Bodegas Vega Sicilia (12 bs) (Est. $4,200-6,500)
Lot 716: 1997 Harlan Estate Red Wine (12 bs) (Est. $9,000-14,000)
Lot 764: 1997 Screaming Eagle (12 bs) (Est. $24,000-35,000)

Bidding Information

Auction catalogs are available through the website or by calling Hart Davis Hart (hdhwine.com; 312.482.9996). The expanded website allows bidders to view and search the auction catalog and place absentee bids online.

Hart Davis Hart’s state-of-the-art technology allows bidders worldwide to participate in the Chicago-based live auctions via the Internet. Bidders can follow the auction in the salesroom, hear the live auction, and bid against the room, all in real-time. More details about the technology can be found at www.hdhwine.com.

Bidders are encouraged to attend the auction in person, but Hart Davis Hart welcomes bids by phone, fax, through the website, and via the live-bid technology. For more information, contact Hart Davis Hart at 312.482.9996 or go to hdhwine.com.

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