Christie’s to Auction Rare Wines, Including Smith-Haut-Lafitte Made for King Charles III

Wine lovers around the world can bid online June 7–20 on rare Vintage Port, Bordeaux, Burgundy and more.

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Wine enthusiasts globally can participate in an online auction from June 7 to 20, featuring rare Vintage Port, Bordeaux, Burgundy, and more. The auction is hosted by Christie’s in London and offers a unique opportunity to acquire wines with significant royal connections and historical value.

This auction is particularly notable for Anglophiles, royal aficionados, and Port enthusiasts. Highlighting the event are Bordeaux wines with royal associations and Vintage Port from the cellars of a charitable network founded by King Charles almost fifty years ago, aimed at supporting young people globally.

In addition to the royal-themed bottles, the auction features an impressive array of Vintage Port sourced from the cellars of Raby Castle, a 14th-century structure in County Durham. The wines available include Dow 1924, 1926, and 1927, Fonseca 1934, Cockburn 1950, and Taylor Fladgate 1948, all purchased upon release by the ancestors of the current Lord Barnard and stored in the castle’s cellars. While more wines from Raby Castle will be auctioned later this year, Christie’s emphasises that this initial sale is the most significant.

Among the auction’s highlights are six bottles of Cuvée Charles III, a secret red Bordeaux blend crafted by Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte in Pessac-Léognan. This cuvée was created to commemorate the visit of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in the fall of 2023. Known for his appreciation of fine wine, Charles has had special wines served at various significant occasions, including his birthday and coronation. All proceeds from the sale of these six bottles will be donated to The King’s Trust.

The auction features over 750 lots, including a single-owner collection with some of the most sought-after names in the wine world. This is an excellent opportunity for collectors to acquire bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Pétrus, and Bordeaux first-growths. Other notable offerings include mature vintages of R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia (both red and white) and a selection of Madeira dating back to 1845.

Happy bidding!

Source – Wine Spectator

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