$4.4m of fine and rare wines sell at Chicago's renowned Tru restaurant

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the internationally renowned wine auction house and retailer, will hold an auction of Finest and Rarest Wines on January 28th and 29th at award-winning restaurant Tru in Chicago. The auction, which includes 1362 lots, is expected to fetch $2.9m-$4.4m.

The sale features an impressive and diverse selection of old and new world wines. Among the highlights are 97 lots of Château Lafite Rothschild worth an estimated $545,750-$808,350, including four cases of the 1996 vintage and three cases of the 2000 vintage in original wood.

Other highlights include a pristine case of 2000 Château Ausone valued at $15,000-$22,000 and two cases of 2000 Château Pétrus valued at $17,000-$26,000 each. In our opinion, either would make a strong investment.

Bidders will also find top wines from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, featuring 36 lots worth an estimated $209,550-$312,950. These offerings are highlighted by 6 bottles of the ultra-rare 2000 Montrachet and 6 bottles of 2000 Romanée-Conti.

Also included is a dazzling array of highly-sought California wines. There is a deep selection of wines from Harlan Estate, featuring 60 lots across 16 vintages, including two lots of the 100-point rated 1994 vintage and three lots of the 100-point rated 1997 vintage.

Other California highlights include 14 lots of Screaming Eagle across nine vintages, multiple vintages of Bryant Family and an enticing selection of Kistler Vineyards and Sine Qua Non.

In all, the highlights of the January 28th & 29th auction will include:

Lot 861: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bottles) (estimated at $38000-55000)

Lot 834: 2000 Romanée-Conti Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (6 bottles) (estimated at $22000-32000)

Lots 18, 307, 1238: 2000 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bottles) (estimated at $20000-30000)

Lot 1182: 2000 Château Pétrus (6 bottles) (estimated at $17000-26000)

Lots 6, 162, 735, 1126: 1986 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bottles) (estimated at $16000-24000)

Lot 28: 1996 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bottles) (estimated at $15000-22000)

Lot 846: 2000 Montrachet Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (6 bottles) (estimated at $13000-19000)

Lot 862: 1982 Château Latour (12 bottles) (estimated at $13000-19000)

Lot 477: 1989 Château Haut-Brion (12 bottles) (estimated at $11000-17000)

Lot 833: 2000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bottles) (owc) (estimated at $11000-17000)

The seven auctions held by Hart Davis Hart in 2010 brought $39.2m, a 63% increase over 2009, making Hart Davis Hart the largest seller of fine wines at auction in the United States. The firm achieved by far the highest sell-through rate in the industry at 99.95%, passing only two of over 10,000 lots offered.


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