FULL-BODIED AROMA AND EXQUISITE TASTE

Chateau Cheval Blanc. 1982. Estimate £7500–9000. Sold for £8625. Finest & Rarest Wines. Sotheby`s. London, January 16

On January 16, auction house Sotheby’s held two sessions of sales titled Finest & Rarest Wines on which one hundred and seven lots were presented. There were represented famous marks of collection wine. Bottom-line prices ranged from £300 ДП £10 000. The sales totaled £720 245.

Top-lot was a bottle of Chateau Lafite (1982) sold for £16 675 (estimate £12 000–16 000). Another bottle of Chateau Lafite of 1982 vintage was released for £9200 (estimate £7200–8000). This wine was made on a base of Cabernet Sauvignon vine and has a splendid aroma of native herbs. It has an atypical strong and rich taste but with harmonious delicacy we used to expect. The awaiting period of ripeness is a period of 2000–2025.

Red wine Chateau Petrus (1998) was among the highlights. The lot was sold for £11 270 (estimate £6800–8800). There were flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and eastern spices in it. Notably, on September 8 of the last year during such sales at Sotheby’s being held in New York a collection of eleven bottles of red wine of Chateau Petrus of 1990 vintage was the most expensive lot. The collection was sold for $29 875 (estimate $25 000–40 000).

Among other highlights was a bottle of French wine Chateau Cheval Blanc (1990). It was purchased by an auctioneer for £9430 (estimate £8200–9000). Cheval Blanc is very dark Bordeaux of ruby color. In its best period it has a deep, rich taste. The race of wine is very exceptional with flavors of salines, menthol, exotic spices, tobacco and flavors of ripe black grapes. It can go to the head to any taster. Cheval Blanc is also unique in a fact that since 1832 its factory had always been run by one family.

Among «Big eight» Bordeaux Cheval Blanc is notable for a wide range of stages of its evolution when wine is available to drink. Usually this wine has a splendid taste even after bottling but it can retain its taste for many years. Another bottle Chateau Cheval Blanc (1982) was hammered at £8625 (estimate £7500–9000). Experts noted that this wine had a sweet-scented aroma and aftertaste of chocolate and cinnamon. Chateau Margaux 1990 was sold at the same price (estimate £7500–8500). It had a flavor of red currant and cinnamon.

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Chateau Cheval Blanc. 1982. Estimate £7500–9000. Sold for £8625. Finest & Rarest Wines. Sotheby’s. London, January 16

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