1959 'Great First Growth' to sell in Chicago

Auctioneers Edward Roberts International will be holding its first fine wine sale of the 2010 season on Sunday February 7 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The 1959 Château D'Yquem

We've already taken at look at the exquisite 1961 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, selling from the Albert D Williams, Jr collection.

Another star lot will be the highly praised 1959 Château D'Yquem, from the famed Walgreen collection, famed for its complexity, concentration and sweetness.

Château D'Yquem was the only Sauternes given a "Great First Growth" rating in the Bordeaux Wine official Classification of 1855.

The wine also boasts a fine literary and celebrity pedigree.

It has been mentioned in novels by Proust, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov; was namedropped by Humphrey Bogart in the 1955 film We're No Angels; and bears the dubious distinction of being a favourite tipple of Hollywood cannibal Hannibal Lecter, famously portrayed onscreen by Anthony Hopkins.

Edward Roberts International will be hoping that its February 7 sale continues the success it enjoyed throughout 2009.

The US auction house enjoyed an impressive growth of up-to 14% for its online fine wine auctions throughout 2009, according to Wine Spectator.


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