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Estimate: £40,000 - £50,000
ca. US$78,563 - US$98,204
Price realised:  £43,674
ca. US$85,779
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Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé --Vintage 1975 Slightly bin-soiled labels. Levels base of neck or better. Not in original wooden case (12) --Vintage 1982 Rebouché in 1994. Levels base of neck or better. In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden case (12) "Most recently, double decanted and served 5 hours later: still deep and velvety, with a virtually opaque core; the bouquet already aroused and holding its fragrance; medium-sweet, delicious flavour and persistence. Tamed tannins. Last noted Dec 2004 ****(*)" M.B --Vintage 1983 One corroded capsule. One stained label. Levels: ten base of neck and two top-shoulder. Not in original wooden case (12) --Vintage 1986 Danish capsule strip labels. In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden case (12) "Most recently: impressively deep; very good nose, considerable depth and more to come; unexpectedly sweet and ready to drink though will keep well. Last tasted March 2006 ***(*)" M.B. --Vintage 1989 (12) "Most recently: a warm, rich colour with a tinge of orange at the rim; very rich, gloriously fragrant bouquet yet with impenetrable depth and concentration; an extraordinary 'attack', very rich entry, nice weight, good fruit, plenty of tannin and acidity. Last tasted May 2002 ***(**) 2010 - 2030" M.B. --Vintage 1990 (12) "Consistently good notes since, four recently, which can be summed up as follows: very deep, virtually opaque core, rich, velvety, still youthful; bouquet slow to open but developing fragrant spiciness, touch of cedar and typical 'medicinal' whiff; medium sweet, perfect weight (12.5 good flavour, balance, length and excellent finish. A classic Lafite. Last tasted March 2000 ***(**) 2010 - 2030" M.B. --Vintage 1994 (12) "Showing well in its youth: fairly deep, good fruit, 'early developer' (MW tasting November 1998)" M.B. --Vintage 1995 Singapore slip labels. In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden case (12) "Firm, elegant, good future" M.B. --Vintage 1996 In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden case (12) "Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine" Robert Parker --Vintage 1997 In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden case (12) "Most recently drinking surprisingly well at lunch with the family (a magnum) on Christmas day" M.B.
120 bottles per lot
A SUPERLATIVE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF FINEST AND RAREST BORDEAUX Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD) Offered duty-paid, but available in bond Unless othewise stated all the following wines are in original wooden cases, levels are all at base of neck or better and labels are pristine There are no strip labels unless noted and all original wooden cases are clean unless noted otherwise CHATEAU LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD 100 Hectares of vines: 71 Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 Merlot, 3 Cabernet Franc, 1 Petit Verdot. Annual Production approximately 480,000 bottles Second Wine: Carruades de Lafite The name Lafite comes from the Gascon language term "la hite", which means "hillock". The estate is situated at the northern end of Pauillac, close to Cos d'Estournel which is just over the border in St-Estèphe. The vineyard consists of three major areas: the hillsides around the Château, the adjacent Carruades plateau to the west, and 4.5 hectares in neighboring Saint Estèphe (which is entitled to the Pauillac appellation). The well-drained soils are deep fine gravel up to 4 metres deep mixed with Aeolian sands on bedrock of tertiary limestone. The best area is on slightly raised land known as the plateau which is just south of the chai where the gravel is very deep and has excellent drainage. Where there are dips in the land, Merlot is normally planted and drainage channels have had to be installed. There are many variations of aspects and soils and consequently the winemakers try and vinify as many lots separately as possible and the same vineyard workers are assigned the same parcels year after to year to ensure they have a deep understanding of the vines and terroir. The average age of the vines on the whole estate is 30 years old. There are some vines younger than 10 years old (about 20 hectares) which are not used in the Grand Vin. Therefore the average age of the vines used in the Grand Vin is 40 years. 18 hectares of vines are more than 50 years old and the oldest plot, called "La Gravière", are 115 years old, having been planted in 1886. Vine density ranges from 7,500 to 8,800 vines per hectare. The estate is run by a team that includes the technical director Charles Chevallier wine maker Christophe Congé, assisted by the consultant oenologist, Jacques Boissenot and the vineyard manager Régis Porfilet. Only minimal interventions of fertilizers are used. Yields are kept low and harvesting is done by hand in approximately 12 days by up to 350 pickers. Grapes are sorted in the vineyard before being brought in to the two reception bays where different plots are vinifed separately. Vinification takes place half in stainless steel tanks which are equipped with computerized temperature control and half in traditional oak vats, with no cold soak or pigeage. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in the vats before the wine is transferred into new oak barriques (the estate produces its own barrels in their cooperage- very little new oak is used for Carruades) where it remains for between 18 to 20 months until bottling normally in June. Approximately one third is destined for the Grand Vin; 40 for Carruades and the remainder is sold simply as Pauillac AC. Lafite is renowned for its finesse and subtlety and is often considered as more accessible young than a Château Latour or Mouton Rothschild, as Stephen Brook in his new book, The Complete Bordeaux summarised; "for elegance choose Lafite". LAFITE VERTICAL A rare chance to purchase ten superb vintages of Lafite-Rothschild Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé --Vintage 1975 Slightly bin-soiled labels. Levels base of neck or better. Not in original wooden case (12) --Vintage 1982 Rebouché in 1994. Levels base of neck or better. In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden case (12) "Most recently, double decanted and served 5 hours later: still deep and velvety, with a virtually opaque core; the bouquet already aroused and holding its fragrance; medium-sweet, delicio

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: A Superlative Private Collection of Finest and Rarest Bordeaux
Date of the auction: 22 May 2008
Address: Christie's
22 May 2008, London, King Street