Leland Little of Hillsborough, North Carolina, is the latest auction house to go crazy for Lafite, offering two lots comprising three bottles of the wine in its upcoming December 3-4 sale.
Each lot features the 2000 vintage Château Lafite Rothschild - and the wine is expected to lead the US sale.
Known for its relative density - compared to, say, the beautiful 2001 - the 2000 boasts a fruity acidic aroma, and regarded as a leading example of a complex and rich wine.
Leading expert Robert Parker once wrote of the 2000: "[It is] a compelling wine, with extraordinary precision, great intensity, and a seamlessness...
"The finish lasted a whopping 72 seconds! This is utterly fascinating stuff." Parker gave the wine a full 100/100 point score - making this the latest in a number of wines awarded the full 100 points by Parker to emerge for sale on the markets in recent months.
According to Leland Little's notes, the six bottles were "removed from the temperature-controlled storage unit of an avid wine collector."
Each lot carries an estimate of $4,000-5,000. With online bidding available, it is highly likely that Asia-based bidders will get involved.
Lafite has consolidated its position as Asia's most popular wine throughout 2010 - especially the 2008 vintage - and shows no signs of slowing down.
And, bearing mind that single bottles of the 2000 Lafite have been selling for $2,133 on average in 2010 (according to research by Vinfolio) it'll be very interesting to see how these lots perform.
Leland Little's sale will be held over two days: December 3 will focus on fine wines, while December 4 is an estate sale featuring jewellery, furniture and other antiques.
Watch this space for more news on Leland Little's upcoming event.
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