Despite the volatile nature of current affairs, the thirst for fine and rare wine just cannot be quenched. We remain convinced that the best assets are liquid and, based on first quarter wine auction results from 2020 so far, we’re not the only ones who think so! Always on a positive note, Acker is thrilled to announce another scintillating two-day sale on Friday and Saturday April 3rd and 4th “Live Online.” There’s nothing like a two-day auction to keep our minds off the news and continue celebrating our bicentennial year— and now we’ll do it live the web! Since many of us are staying out of circulation, the auction will be streamed live on the web, and you can participate from the comfort of your own home or on our mobile app. You may not get to taste as many wines as if you came to the room for a traditional live auction, but you can try :)
Right out of the gate, the first feature of this catalog comes to us from two collectors in Lots 1-131 and 132-253. This one-two punch of Cabernets from around the globe is an awesome way to kick off the sale. The first consignment here highlights California’s golden bounty with studiously constructed verticals from the West Coast’s finest producers. Both the classicist and modernist will find something to love, from Diamond Creek to Dunn and Colgin to Kistler - the gang’s all here! Additionally, there are nineteen lots of Harlan back to the first vintage, standout bottles of Araujo and so many more golden beauties ready to relive the gold rush again! ‘The Phantom’ strikes back in the second collection here, as the featured collection from our March auction returns with a parcel-packed line-up. Lots of Lafite is on tap with twenty cases of 2005 Carruades followed by 1989, 2003, 2004 and 2008 from the First Growth. Other Bordeaux superstars come next from likes of Petrus, Ausone, Mouton and large format Pavie. It isn’t all Cabernet here as Domaine de la Romanee Conti ushers in the Burgundy wave, followed by a strong Italian ending from Quintarelli and Gaja. These two collectors have a little bit of everything for the ‘big red’ lover, plus just a bit more to keep things interesting!
As springtime comes, it’s time to stock up on the greatest wine wines of the world to get ready for warm weather. Two collectors here headline this effort in Lots 254-326 and Lots 460-506 with both White Burgundy and Champagne. From Coche-Dury, to Ramonet, to Roulot, to Raveneau, to new hotshots Arnaud Ente and PYCM, these consignors knew how to buy to put together the hottest list of the icy whites everyone is looking for to get their cellars summer-ready. Even more refreshing might be the cache of Champagne these two consignors have on offer, as Bollinger, Selosse, Krug and well-aged Dom Perignon bring the party to you. Outside of these two collections, there are more stellar selections for spring like Keller Riesling, D’Auvenay Chevalier, DRC Montrachet and Leflaive Chevalier to be found springing up throughout the book. The weather is warming quickly, so don’t miss this opportunity to stock up for summer!
In a day-to-night auction, we needed to have a “Happy Hour” stretch and three collectors are here to help us out in Lots 828-1003. Burgundy and Bordeaux are on the brain of the first collector here who has a fervor for the First Growths, offering Haut Brion, Lafite, Mouton and honorary Right Bank addition, Petrus. Behemoth Burgundies intervene with top vintages from DRC, Leroy, Mugnier and older vintages of Dujac (Jeroboams of 1988 and 1990 Clos de la Roche in OWC!!). These gems are rare finds! The second consignor in the stretch has made the executive decision to buy the best in quantity, focusing on Burgundy and Champagne, to our great fortune. DRC looms large with magnums of 1988 Grands Echezeaux and multiple Jeroboams of DRC including 2003 La Tache. Other standouts come from Engel and Raveneau before the Rhone and Champagne take control. 1990 La Chapelle magnums and Guigal La Las lead into a stretch of Bollinger back to 1970, Dom Perignon back to 1975 and Krug back to 1982. Aren’t bubbles the best?!? The last but certainly not least consignor in this feature has been featured before in these pages. Though perhaps best known as a Burgundy connoisseur, this time he brings us on a world tour of world’s greatest. In just fifty lots, a well-rounded cellar could be built with the likes of 1975 La Mission, 2005 Roumier Bonnes Mares magnums, Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne, Krug Clos du Mesnil, JJ Prum back to 1949, 1955 Monfortino and Heitz Martha’s. The depth and diversity here is just tremendous! It is an honor to represent these three terrific collectors in such a stellar stretch of wines.
The final and most-featured feature of this sale comes from “The Collector’s Collector,” a gentleman who has built quite the reputation for himself in his forty years of collecting, and he brings us nearly three hundred esteemed lots in Lots 1004-1261. His knowledge, passion and expertise has been a beacon for many a collector over the last four decades, as he has enjoyed and shared countless bottles with countless collectors. Bordeaux whets the palate with Petrus and a sprinkling of rare whites from Pavillon and Ygrec. Then, Red Burgundy comes on large and in charge with a dozen lots of Rousseau (including rarest magnums!), thirty glorious lots from Domaine de la Romanee Conti arching back to 1991, Hudelot-Noellat and Mugnier large formats, verticals of Chevillon and many more rarities , which stand out in this turbo-charged selection. White Burgundy counters with two dozen lots of Coche-Dury crested by Corton-Charlemagne from 1999 to 2012, six lots of DRC Montrachet, a baker’s dozen of Ramonet including Montrachet in magnum, all culminating in a dozen lots of Raveneau. Calling all Burgundy collectors! In between, there are many delightful mixed lots and verticals for instant tastings and exceptional wine dinners. We wrap things up with Chave, Tempier, Masseto and Taylor Port. Zealous in maintaining temperature and humidity-controlled conditions in all of his cellars, these wines are from one of America’s greatest collections! We are proud to present to you “The Collector’s Collector!”
Take a moment to download the auction catalog now and join us live online Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th. You can enjoy enhanced searching and bidding at bidlive.ackerwines.com or via the Acker App. To register to bid via Ackerlive, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ackerlive will be staffed throughout the auction for every time zone worldwide.
The great wines of the world and the people that love them just cannot be stopped, and we look forward to bringing all of you more of the finest wines and spirits you want on Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th. Whether you join us live over the internet or via traditional absentee bidding, we look forward to toasting everyone’s collective good health! Let’s raise a glass and toast life as we love it.
In Vino Veritas,
JK John Kapon Acker Merrall & Condit Companies
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