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Christie’s Announces Global Wine Sale Calendar for July 2020



Christie’s Fine Wines department announces the global sale calendar for July 2020, including live auctions in all major sale sites spanning Hong Kong, Geneva, New York, and London. A total of three live and one online auctions are planned, beginning in Hong Kong on 12 July and ending on 31 July, the last day of the Important Wine online sale. The global sales will feature over 2500 lots, including a significant selection of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines, rare Madeira and the finest spirits with estimates ranging from $500 to $100,000. 90% of all lots offered are from private cellars with more than 50 private collections being offered. 


Edwin Vos, International Head of Fine Wines at Christie’s: “Our international team continues to strategically innovate and bring to the market the very best and rarest wines and spirits for our clients. This July, with auctions in each sale location and online, collectors will have the chance to acquire an exceptional variety of wine & spirits spanning over 240 years, from a bottle of Madeira 1775 to Bordeaux 2015 and the latest released sake. There is certainly something for everyone. The core of all sales will be a selection of the most coveted Burgundy and Bordeaux wines, which will be further complemented by an array of highly desirable wines throughout Europe and the US. In Hong Kong we are excited to introduce a new dimension to our sale by offering sake enthusiasts a curated selection of Juyondai and in New York we will have the pleasure to offer one of the finest wine cellars, The Benjamin Ichinose Collection of Fine and Rare Wines, an online sale running from16 to 31 July.”



Fine & Rare Wine Sales Calendar July 2020:

  • 12 July: Hong Kong

  • 16-31 July: New York     

  • 21 July: Geneva

  • 28 July: London

Live Auction: Hong Kong | Finest & Rarest Wines | 12 July 2020

Leading the Hong Kong sale on 12 July is an extensive range of Bordeaux First Growths and their equivalents on the right bank, and the most sought-after producers in Burgundy such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy and Domaine Armand Rousseau. An expanded offering of Scottish and Japanese single-malt whiskies from world-renowned distilleries will also be featured. In addition, this sale marks the inaugural offering of premium sake from the revered Juyondai. In total, the auction will present over 660 lots to wine connoisseurs around the world.

Live Auction: Geneva | Finest & Rarest Wines | 21 July 2020

Christie’s Geneva Finest & Rarest Wines live auction on 21 July has the pleasure to offer various private collections of mature Bordeaux and Burgundy from across Europe. Also, on offer is an exceptional private collection of rare 18th & 19th century Madeira, dating back to 1775 and 1789.


Faja Malvasia Madeira, 1 bottle, 1775: Faja is an incomparable vineyard, located at the foot of a cliff on Madeira island and legendary for its Malvasia vines. This exceptional bottle was discovered in an old family house only last year (estimate: CHF 5,000-7,000) and tasted by Edwin Voss in January 2020 (from a second similar bottle).


Tasting note: Intriguing intense rich nose of fudge, dried apricots and saffron spice, very gently singing from the glass. Subtle and multi-layered, each time you pick up your glass another palette of aromas presents itself. Great complexity and harmony. Unctuous first attack of taste, covering your palette with rich fruits, fresh shaved almonds and rhubarb aromas. The great acidity is nicely concentrated with a very good finish, showing a gentle touch of bitter. A complex wine of high quality. Fairly sweet and long cask aged. This is fantastic. The fine pretty grapefruit bitter is completing the phenomenal multidimensional aromas. A classic of the highest quality.


Another highlight of the auction is J.L. Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin Vertical, 6 bottles, of 1990, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2009 (estimate: CHF45,000-65,000). It is extremely rare to find a complete vertical of all vintages released between 1990 and 2003 of this very rare Cuvée Cathelin, which was launched for the first time in 1990 at only 2,500 bottles. The labels have been designed by the French artist Bernard Cathelin (1919-2004), a friend of the Chave family. The family released only a very small number of bottles of this exceptional cuvee, when the quality of the wine was at its best and therewith it became a vinous legend and trophy to possess.

Live Auction: London | Fine & Rare Wines | 28 July 2020

The London Fine & Rare Wines sale will be led by a superb single-owner collection focusing on the wines of Armand Rousseau, Grivot, Confuron and Roumier will led the sale. Sublime vintages of Romanée-Conti and La Tâche from the inimitable Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Grand-Cru wines from Leroy, Comte Georges de Vogüé and Dujac. This exceptional sale is the largest collection of wines from Armand Rousseau ever offered at Christie’s and includes rich and ripe vintages such as 2005 and 2009. Classic offerings of Bordeaux also feature, Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982, Château Latour 1961 and classed growths from the 2009 vintage. Rare Italian icons from Bruno Giacosa and Conterno are followed by an array of unique bottles of Unico, whiskies and vintage cognacs. Finally, the sale will offer a superb range of ancient Madeiras, many of which have been sourced direct from the island of Madeira, the offering will reach back to the 18th century and includes certain rarities that have never been offered in London before.


Online Auction | Fine Wine | 16-31 July 2020

Christie’s New York Wine Department will present the single owner sale The Benjamin Ichinose Collection of Fine and Rare Wines, taking place Online from July 16-31.

The auction comprises 626 lots representing the world’s best wines and spirits from the cellar of the celebrated collector and connoisseur. The Benjamin Ichinose Collection of Fine and Rare Wines was assembled with passion and knowledge over his lifetime. A collection built during the 1960’s and 1970’s, a different world for the wine enthusiast and offers a glimpse to the golden age of wine collecting.

The breadth of the collection spans the finest wines ever produced in Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Mosel. Rare Port and Madeira are presented alongside the greatest assemblage of mature Californian wines ever to appear at auction. Provenance is impeccable, with many wines purchased directly from auctions, the producers or through respected importers. Additionally, the cellar includes the esteemed vintages of 1929, the year Dr. Ichinose and his wife were born, and 1961, 1964 and 1965, the birth years of their children.


By ML Staff. Courtesy of Christie's