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    Lucien Le Moine Hospices de Beaune Corton Vergennes Cuvée Paul Chanson 2005. (Click on image to enlarge).

    Three bottles Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Romanée Conti. (Click on image to enlarge).

    The el Bulli wine cellar will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on April 3, 2013 in Hong Kong and on April 26 in New York. Over the two sales 8,807 bottles will be offered, with a pre-sale estimate of $1.1-1.6 million. Highlights from Spain include seven different vintages of Vega Sicilia Valbuena from 1995 -2002; nine different vintages and 157 bottles of Pingus; six different vintages of Clos Erasmus; four different vintages of Clos Mogador: over 225 bottles from Bodegas Artadi, featuring their Grandes Añadas and Pagos Viejos; eight different vintages of Alvaro Palacios’ Finca Dofi from 1994 – 2007 and 13 different vintages of Alvaro Palacios’ L’Ermita from 1993 – 2007.
    Under the leadership of Ferran Adrià and Juli Soler, the cutting edge gastronomy of elBulli is recognized as having changed culinary history by reworking ingredients into new forms and combinations. It was feted with awards including topping the Restaurant Magazine list of the world’s 50 best restaurants five times, with Adrià frequently named the world’s greatest chef. Since closing in July 2011 elBulli is transforming to become the elBulli Foundation, an experimental centre looking at the process of innovation and creativity and sharing the results via the new website Bullipedia. Proceeds will benefit the el Bulli Foundation.
    Rhone highlights include 415 Bottles from Château de Beaucastel and multiple vintages of Hermitage from JL.Chave, Hermitage, La Chapelle from Paul Jaboulet Aîné and Côte Rôtie, La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque from Guigal. From Bordeaux all five First Growths are present in multiple vintages highlighted by full cases of bottles and magnums of Château Latour 2005 and five vintages of Yquem from 1989 -2001. There will be over 1,400 bottles of Red Burgundy and 1,000 bottles of White Burgundy. Other highlights include 1,300 bottles of Vin de Pays de l’Hérault, Domaine de la Grange des Pères from vintages spanning 1992 to 2001, multiple offerings of rare Oloroso and Solera Sherry dating back to 1830 and 70 bottles of Silex and Pur Sang from the late Didier Dagueneau.

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