Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Fine Wine Auction.

Sorry that I have not posted for a while I have been flat out here with work etc.
Christie's the auction house has just sold a treasure trove of rare Bordeaux which had been hidden for more than 60 years.
This old wine had been hidden from the Nazis during World War II in Paris's Ritz Hotel.

Offered at Auction were 18 lots of illustrious crus, including Margaux 1928 and 1929, Haut Brion and Mouton Rothschild 1926, Yquem 1924 and Climens 1919.
In the early days of the war the hotel's staff hid more than 120,000 bottles Рone of the greatest restaurant wine cellars of the time Рin a reserve cellar on the rue Lecourbe in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, just a few kilometres south of the Place Vend̫me. The hiding place narrowly escaped discovery in 1943 and lay undisturbed until earlier this year.

The wines were of great interest to wine collectors, who snapped them up at the auction last week, on June 6, the anniversary of the Allied invasion of France, D-Day.
The Haut Brion half-bottles sold for an average price of €234 each, and Mouton Rothschild sold for an average price of €216 per half-bottle. If only I had the money required to sample some of these great wines........Dream on.

"Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune".
Dr Thomas Fuller

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