La Mission-Haut-Brion 1945 will go down well at Christie's

Christie's is presenting an exciting selection of fine and rare wines next week.

Two of the stand-out lots are from very different times. The more recent, a 12 bottle lot of Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982 has been given a guide price of £7,000-9,000.

Renowned British wine critic Michael Broadbent describes the vintage as follows:

"Tasting note: still fairly deep, rich, dark cherry, positive but mature rim; sweet, glorious fragrance, distinctive Cabernet aroma, great depth, touch of mocha, brown sugar and mild ginger (you name it); very sweet entry, great length, dry finish with lashings of fruit and flesh in between.

"A great classic, dramatic, Mouton."

The bottles are held in their original wooden case, suggesting they've been looked after.

The expected top lot however is from an entirely different time. Bottled as the people of France were watching Germany forced out of its country, the 12 bottles of Château La Mission-Haut-Brion 1945 have an estimate of £10,000-15,000.

With the volume of this wine reducing, some collectors may see it as an investment, as the Liv-Ex fine wines index continues to climb (alongside the number of world billionaires).

The sale takes place in London on Thursday, March 25.


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