NEW YORK, 9 March 2021 – This Saturday, Sotheby’s Wine New York is delighted to host a livestream of its first single-owner sale of the year, The Taylor Cellars | Burgundy, Bordeaux, Napa. The auction will be held at Sotheby’s saleroom in New York, with bidders participating online and by telephone. Due to New York regulations, bidders are not able to attend in person.
This outstanding collection is notable for its scale and quality, focusing on the greatest wines of the world, in the top vintages, inspired by the collector’s many years of travel and privileged relationships as part of a distinguished career in international finance.
The sale is led by a selection of coveted Burgundy from Domaine Armand Rousseau, stretching back to the historic 1990 vintage, including exceedingly rare magnums, followed by an attractive selection of Leroy and DRC. Petrus carries the flag for Bordeaux, showcasing bottles of the monumental 1989 and 1990. An impressive array of Napa Valley cult legends also figures prominently, led by Screaming Eagle, Bond, Insignia, and Schrader, alongside relative ‘newcomers’ such as Continuum, Futo, and Lokoya.
Paul Tortora, Head of Sotheby’s Wine Auctions in New York, said: “We are thrilled to present The Taylor Cellars | Burgundy, Bordeaux, Napa, our first New York single-owner sale of the year. It has been a privilege to work with these wines and with the collector, who is a model of generosity and of great enthusiasm for the culture of wine. During the course of preparing for this sale, my colleagues and I were fortunate to have enjoyed many wonderful bottles together with the collector, over lunches and dinners, along with interesting conversation. The bottles, across a range of regions and vintages, were in consistently excellent condition, attesting to the impeccable cellar conditions.”
The Taylor Cellars | Burgundy, Bordeaux, Napa will commence at 1:00 PM EST or immediately following our dedicated Spirits auction, Rare Whisky & Cognac Live | The Macallan “Anecdotes of Ages” + The Bo Johnston Collection, beginning at 9am EST.
FROM THE TAYLOR CELLARS, BURGUNDY, BORDEAUX, NAPA
Lot 1001: Chambertin 1990 Domaine Armand Rousseau (3 BT), est. $11,000 – 16,000
Lot 1006: Chambertin 2001 Domaine Armand Rousseau (2 MAG), est. $11,000 – 16,000
Lot 1015: Chambertin 2009 Domaine Armand Rousseau (6 BT), est. $10,000 – 15,000
Lot 1028: Montrachet 2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (3 BT), est. $15,000 – 20,000
Lot 1034: Clos de la Roche 2002 Domaine Leroy (2 BT), est. $6,000 – 8,000
Lot 1038: Chambertin 1991 Domaine Leroy (12 BT), est. 48,000 – 75,000
Lot 1059: Petrus 2010 (6 BT), est. $12,000 – 17,000
Lot 1065: Petrus 2000 (6 BT), est. $18,000 – 26,000
Lot 1068: Petrus 1990 (9 BT), est. $24,000 – 35,000
Lot 1069: Petrus 1989 (3 BT), est. $7,000 – 9,000
Lot 1077: Château Angélus 2005 (12 BT), est. $3,800 – 4,500
Lot 1086: Château Gruaud Larose 1982 (7 BT), est. $1,700 – 2,400
Lot 1117: Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (3 BT), est. $5,500 – 8,000
Lot 1122: Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (1 MAG), est. $5,000 – 7,500
Lots 1132-1134: Screaming Eagle 2007 (3 BT), est. $6,500 – 9,000 each
Lot 1190: Shafer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Select 2010 (12 BT), est. $2,600 – $3,200
Lots 1219-1220: Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Insignia 2007 (12 BT), est., $1,700 – $2,400 each
Lot 1139: Schrader, Old Sparky, Beckstoffer To Kalon 2013 (1 MAG), est. $700 – $1,000
Presenting alongside the Taylor Cellar, our dedicated Spirits auction on the morning of 13 March is led by three exceptional charitable lots. The sale opens with an original bottle of 1967 whisky from The Macallan’s newly launched Anecdotes of Ages Collection, a limited-release whisky and art collection created in collaboration with renowned pop artist, Sir Peter Blake. Proceeds will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Support from The Macallan will advance efforts underway at the Guggenheim to increase free access and develop engagement with a variety of audiences, in alignment with the museum’s diversity, equity, access and inclusion initiatives.
The March auction offers collectors the first and only opportunity to acquire this original bottle from the highly anticipated release. Celebrating the legacy and history of Sir Peter Blake and The Macallan, the Anecdotes of Ages Collection comprises 13 unique bottles of exceptional 1967 whisky, selected for its classic yet distinctly colorful character as well as the year’s significance within Blake’s oeuvre. Of this group, the A New Era of Advertising bottle will be auctioned by Sotheby’s (estimate $125,000/750,000), while the 13th original bottle will be kept in The Macallan archive, leaving just 11 original bottles available for purchase. Each bottle in the collection features its own distinctly original collage art on the label inspired by the brand’s legacy and the unique stories detailing its history and community, and the natural landscape of The Macallan Estate.
Additionally, the sale includes a one-of-a-kind bottle of D’USSÉ® Cognac on offer from the Shawn Carter Foundation and with proceeds to benefit the charity launched by the acclaimed artist, philanthropist and entrepreneur “JAY-Z” to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning. Estimated at $25,000-75,000, the bottle of D’USSÉ 1969 Anniversaire Limited Edition Grande Champagne Cognac comes housed in a diamond-shaped cut crystal bottle, adorned with 24 karat gold leaf wrapping on the neck and decorated with the symbol of Le Croix de Lorraine, the historic French emblem of courage, honour and perseverance. Sotheby’s “Bottle No. 1” is the only bottle in the collection to also carry Mr. Carter’s engraved signature, and the first to be made available for public sale.
Further highlights include a Hennessy X.O. 150th Anniversary Masterpiece Decanter designed by Frank Gehry and exclusively offered with the original design moulds (estimate $15,000/30,000). On offer from the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC), it is bottle #1 in the limited edition of 150 decanters produced for the Hennessy X.O x Frank Gehry collection. For the special 150th anniversary celebration marking the brand’s inaugural X.O Cognac in 1870, Hennessy collaborated with the architect extraordinaire to elevate the aesthetics of the decanter that defines the X.O epoch. Gehry’s gold and glass glorifier mixes contrasting themes of movement and freedom of form to clothe this bottle in a second skin. Proceeds from the sale of the bottle will benefit the AABDC as part of Hennessy’s Unfinished Business initiative. Launched last May, the initiative is committed to help small businesses power through the immediate financial challenges of COVID-19 and help ensure they have the resources needed to get back on their feet.
Rounding out the Spirits sale is The Bo Johnston Collection, a vast ensemble of Single Malt Scotch Whisky accrued in the 1980s by the late South Carolina collector. Many of the US import bottles from Johnston’s collection have never before appeared at auction, presenting collectors with a special opportunity to acquire these seldom seen whiskies. Johnston’s voracious appetite for whisky led him to visit numerous distilleries in Scotland during the 1980s, and the wide range of bottles on offer encapsulates his breadth of knowledge of Scotch Whisky. Featuring 550 bottles, the collection is characterized by its extensive selection from Scotland’s most prolific independent bottlers, including 184 Cadenhead’s dumpy bottlings distilled in the 1950s and 1960s, and 197 Gordon & MacPhail bottles largely comprised of 1950s and 1960s vintages from their Connoisseur’s Choice range.