Charlie Trotter's wine auction to star DRC 1996 La Tache

A methuselah of DRC's esteemed 1996 La Tache will headline Christie's Charlie Trotter's auction on November 16.

The Burgundy has a $20,000 high estimate ahead of the New York sale, and is one of several superb wines that previously resided at the restaurateur's Chicago restaurant.

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Per Holmberg, the head of wine at Christie's New York, explains more.

"Ever since chef Charlie Trotter announced his retirement earlier this year after 25 years at the helm of his eponymous Chicago restaurant, legions of wine collectors around the world have been hoping they might have this opportunity to acquire something for themselves from this magnificent cellar," he said.

"From DRC to Gajz, Vega Sicilia to Screaming Eagle and beyond, this cellar truly has everything that a collector's heart desires."

Another of the highlights will be provided by a 12-bottle 1997 DRC assortment, which has a $20,000 high estimate.

And Burgundy collectors are in for a further treat courtesy of a dozen bottles of the 1999 Clos de Vougeot, which could achieve up to $9,000.

Bordeaux offerings are led by a $4,000-estimated bottle of 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild.

Among the Champagne, three magnums of 1990 Dom Perignon Oenotheque have a matching valuation.

Bidders will have the opportunity to purchase further bottles from the cellar at Christie's online only auction, which runs from November 20 to December 4.

We will bring you full results here at Paul Fraser Collectibles.

Closed restaurants are happy hunting grounds for wine collectors. More than 10,000 bottles from famed Spanish restaurant El Bulli will sell at Sotheby's at an unspecified date, the auction house has revealed.

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