Sotheby's in London will hold a comprehensive auction of Fine and Rarest Wines & Vintage Port, tomorrow (November 11).
The 776 lots will include top Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Champagne and Vintage Port - with a particular focus on the renowned 2005 Bordeaux.
Among the star lots are 12 bottles of Château Lafite 1982, estimated at £16,000-22,000 each. The vintage has "kept its intensely aromatic nose" with a taste "full of youthful acidity," according to Sotheby's.
Other coveted will wines include the gloriously scented and open textured Château Haut Brion 1989 (six magnums) at an estimated £7,000-8,000 per lot.
September 21 to October 5, 1998, was a good time for the Château Cheval Blanc - an "ideal scenario vintage... amazingly vivacious and vibrant", says Sotheby's. Twelve 1998 bottles will go under the hammer priced at £3,200-4,000 each.
Also making an appearance will be 12 bottles of the stunning Château Latour 2000. Regarded as a great Latour with a taste of cocoa and coffee plus "immensely opulent fruit", the vintage will auction at £5,500-6,500 per lot.
Aside from the Château Lafite 1982, the major highlight will be the incredible showcase of 58 different Bordeaux wines of the distinguished 2005 vintage.
These include the Château Lafite 2005, described by the auctioneers as a "big, huge, massive rich wine," an "absolute 'must have'" and a "giant in all senses of the word."
With an introduction like that, the 12 bottles should easily match their estimate of £6,000-7,000.