Vintage whisky and wine collections will headline two important sales

> First Whisky and Wine sales of 2011 in New York


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Top lots expected in Bonham's April 14 vintage whisky auction include this Macallan 55 Year Old in a Lalique decanter (shown on the left), which is estimated to bring $16,000 to $22,000; and the Macallan 57 Year Old in a Lalique decanter, which is estimated to bring $15,000 to $20,000 (shown on the right). Photos courtesy of Bonhams

In the early evening of April 14, Bonhams New York will hold Whisky, a 322-lot sale that includes three notable private collections, along with a variety of other Scottish single malt whisky consignments. On April 16, the firm hosts a tri-city Wine auction, led from New York and simulcast to its Bonhams & Butterfields salerooms in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The auction will feature over 500 lots of fine and rare wine, and includes collections of blue-chip bordeaux, leading burgundy and highly sought after classic California wines, along with a fine selection from the Rhine Valley, Italy and Alsace.

Richard Pike, Bonhams New York Wine & Whisky director, says: “These two April sales present to our growing international client base an excellent selection of sought-after wine and whiskies from the leading producers of the world. Whether it’s exceptional Macallan or leading current vintages from Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Bonhams is happy to continue to expand its sale offerings in these two categories, and to further its role within a wider wine department that regularly holds wine and whisky sales across three continents.”

Whisky, April 14

The auction is dominated by three notable private collections. The first two are consigned from an East Coast collector and a whisky aficionado from Virginia. They both represent a wide, eclectic mix of Scottish single malt whiskies, including whiskies for current drinking, rare bottlings from independents, and sought-after rarities. Highlights include a Macallan Private Eye individually numbered bottle (est. $600-800); a 12-year-old Ghillie’s Dram Macallan (est. $450-600); three bottles of Ardbeg 1974 Provenance (est. $600-900 per bottle); and two bottles of Black Bowmore 1964 (est. $2,800-3,500 per bottle).

A third collection comes from a remarkable Brooklyn consignor featuring exceptional rarities, including Macallan 55 year old in a Lalique decanter (est. $16,000-22,000); Macallan 57 year old in Lalique decanter (est. $15,000-20,000); Glenfiddich 50 year old (est. $15,000-20,000); the Bowmore Trilogy (est. $15,000-20,000); a six-bottle Springbank Millennium Set (est.  $9,000-12,000); and a six bottle original wooden presentation case Macallan-Speymalt set (est. $8,000-12,000).

Wine, April 16

The Saturday auction, consisting of numerous fine and rare wines, features several collections of important bordeaux, leading burgundy and highly sought after California Cult wines.  Highlights will include 12 bottles of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 2000 (est. $25,000-30,000); 12 bottles of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 2005 (est. $17,000-25,000); and a case of Chateau Haut Brion 1989 (est. $11,000-15,000). Elsewhere in the sale, other coveted Bordeaux lots include 6 bottles of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, 1982 (est. $20,000-25,000); 5 magnums of Chateau Latour, 1961 (est. $30,000-35,000); and 5 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1961 (est. $3,500-5,000).

A notable collection of California wines sourced from a leading New York restaurateur forms an interesting section within the auction.  The offering features a wide variety of lots, including nine bottles of 1991 Heitz Cellars, Martha’s Vineyard (est. $750-1,000); an imperial of 1993 Opus One (est. $1,500-2,000); and two bottles of Bryant Family, 1997 (est. $1,300-1,800).

The auction will conclude with part two of a well-received collection first offered on the West Coast in February.  The offering features more than 185 lots of modern burgundy, rhine, Italian, lsace and bordeaux from the remarkable collection of a Bay Area gentleman. The wines have been professionally stored under optimal conditions.  Burgundy highlights include a selection of Musigny Cuvae Vieilles Vignes from Comte de Vog¸ (estimates beginning from $420), Nuits-St-Georges wines from R. Chevillon (estimates from $480), Chablis from Raveneau (estimates from $450), Chevalier-Montrachet from Bouchard (est. $1,800,2500), and Montrachet from J. Drouhin (est. $480-600).

For more information on the April 14 & April 16 auctions, visit Bonham’s whisky department.

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