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Estimate: £62,000 - £70,000
ca. US$121,773 - US$137,485
Price realised:  £74,698
ca. US$146,713
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Château Lafite-Rothschild--Vintage 1996 In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden cases (60) "Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine" Robert Parker Château Mouton-Rothschild--Vintage 1996 (60) "I gave it my top mark at the MW tasting in November 2000. Rich extract; a ripe, wonderfully fragrant, 'manifold' nose. Lovely. The following spring 'mocha' noted again sweet, chunky, a touch of tannic bitterness. But a fine wine. Last tasted March 20001 (*****) 2012 - 2030" M.B. Château Margaux--Vintage 1996 In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden cases (60) "Perfect colour; nose developing sweetly and on the palate a soft entry and fragrant finish" M.B. Château Haut-Brion--Vintage 1996 In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden cases (60) "Now medium-deep with rich legs; nose packed with fruit, fragrant; sweet, fairly full body masking the tannin and acidity, complete, lovely flavour" M.B.
Above 240 bottles per lot
THE 1996 SUPER LOT A unique opportunity to purchase twenty dozen bottles of First-Growths from the highly sought-after 1996 vintage A NOTE ON THE 1996 VINTAGE The occasional bouts of frost in February and March were too early to do any damage, though the bud-break was delayed until mid-April. The all important flowering was quick and even, finished by the 20th day of a very hot June. It continued warm until August which started cool but ended with hot sun and cold nights. High expectations were initially dampened, pre-harvest rain affecting the early-ripening Merlots which diluted and reduced the crop in Pomerol and St-Emilion. The Médoc fared better with roughly half the rainfall, though towards the end of Setpember it rained again. The late-picked Cabernets were of high quality, reulting in rich, fairly concentrated wines. M.B. Château Lafite-Rothschild--Vintage 1996 In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden cases (60) "Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine" Robert Parker Château Mouton-Rothschild--Vintage 1996 (60) "I gave it my top mark at the MW tasting in November 2000. Rich extract; a ripe, wonderfully fragrant, 'manifold' nose. Lovely. The following spring 'mocha' noted again sweet, chunky, a touch of tannic bitterness. But a fine wine. Last tasted March 20001 (*****) 2012 - 2030" M.B. Château Margaux--Vintage 1996 In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden cases (60) "Perfect colour; nose developing sweetly and on the palate a soft entry and fragrant finish" M.B. Château Haut-Brion--Vintage 1996 In "HKDNP" import stamped original wooden cases (60) "Now medium-deep with rich legs; nose packed with fruit, fragrant; sweet, fairly full body masking the tannin and acidity, complete, lovely flavour" M.B. Above 240 bottles per lot

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