"Viva Italia"


It’s been an extraordinary season, and the exemplary auctions keep on coming! It’s hard to believe that we have such another exceptional sale this Wednesday and Thursday, May 12th and 13th! We are thrilled to present our first ever Viva Italia!, in Lots 912-1338, our omaggio to Italian wines in the fashion of our Grande Fete de Bourgogne, highlighted by direct consignments from five of Italy’s most important estates: Giacosa, Ceretto, Quintarelli, Ornellaia, and Antinori, including multiple, bellissimo experience lots, one featuring your own barrel of 2020 Tignanello! We are honored to have the greatest authority on Italian wines himself, Antonio Galloni of Vinous, introduce our first Viva Italia! section, as well as share with us intimate profiles of the estates behind the five direct consignments, lending us his decades of Italian wine drinking expertise and time spent with these historic families like no one else possibly could! We will kick off another exceptional week of virtual tastings on Zoom prior to the auction. In addition, there are over 400 incredible lots of the most iconic Italian wines from some of the best Italian cellars we know — they’re all here, and we cannot wait for you to see the greatness of Italy. In addition, we are ecstatic to debut the worldwide release of the 2019 vintage direct from the cellars of Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. The 2019 is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting Burgundy vintages ever, but it is unfortunately a small crop. We are extremely honored to have sixteen, single bottle lots representing the worldwide debut and official first release of each Cru. These special lots are all the more exceptional as they are accompanied by the first NFTs, otherwise known as non-fungible tokens, ever made in Burgundy. But wait, there’s more 12 As a season of celebration begins, what better way to toast than with a one-two punch of California gold and Champagne! A duo of California-focused collectors in Lots 117-227 and 680-771 serve up the Golden State’s finest. No party would be complete without Champagne, and a terrific trio of gentlemen, in Lots 229-309, brings us the bubbles we need, including a superlative selection of Delamotte and Salon from a collector with close ties to the Domaines (back for a third time!). This is a historic auction, so please be sure to tune in on May 12th and 13th. We cannot wait to keep this scintillating season of special wine going. Viva Italia! And Vive Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair!

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