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Auction: Finest and Rarest Wines
was auctioned on: 22 May 2007
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Romanée-Conti--Vintage 1985

Estimate: US$100,000 - US$150,000
Price realised:  US$237,000
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Romanée-Conti--Vintage 1985
1 dozen bottles per lot
ROMANEE-CONTI 1985 AND 1990 The following lots to me represent precious opportunities to acquire to wonderful vintages of Romanée Conti. Never before have I seen such pristine cases of these great wines. Both cases have consecutively numbered bottles, original wooden cases and oustanding conditions. In the world of the very best of the best, it does not get better than this. Richard Brierley Romanée-Conti--Vintage 1985 Côte de Nuits, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Bottle numbered 00743-00754 Levels: less than 1cm; very slightly depressed corks otherwise excellent appearance and levels In original wooden case " The Romanée-Conti is utterly mind blowing. The heady, intoxicating bouquet delivered penetrating and sublime aromas that were even more intense than those from the La Tâche. On the palate, there is a veritable smorgasbord of earthly and heavenly delights. Needless to say, it is very rich, very opulent, and very concentrated. Red burgundy and red wine do not get any better than this. . . This fabled estate has had a brilliant track record since 1978. Lalou Bize-Leroy and Aubert de Villaine seem to have everything tightly within their grasps, so it is unlikely that some of the lapses in quality control that occurred previously will resurface. I am sure they still cannot understand why their estate is so frequently singled out for malicious attacks, but no one should have any trouble appreciating the domaine's 1985s, which are their best wines in decades, even surpassing their sensational 1978s. The problem is coming up with the cash to finance them. The wines, aged in 100 new oak, are never filtered." Robert Parker Burgundy Book (January 1990) 1 dozen bottles per lot

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Finest and Rarest Wines
Date of the auction: 22 May 2007
Address: Christie's
22 May 2007, New York, Rockefeller Center