Exceptional Californian Wines at Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine Sale

London – A collection of nearly 50 Californian wines from leading small producers which are rarely seen at auction in the UK features in Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine sale in London on Thursday 8 December 2022.

Highlights of the collection, which has been put together over the past decade by a British software engineer whose work frequently took him to northern California, include:

• Seven different 2018 vintage wines from Carter Cellars most of which are unobtainable in the UK. They include six bottles of Carter Cellars, The O.G. Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. Estimate: £800-900.

Three bottles of Continuum Sage Mountain Vineyard Proprietary Red 2014 made by Tim Mondavi, son of the legendary Robert Mondavi. Offered together with three bottles of Realm Cellars The Bard 2014, the lot is estimated at £600-700.

Three bottles of Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. Estimate: £900-1,000. Writing in the latest edition of Bonhams Magazine, writer on food and wine Bruce Palling said it had been awarded 100 points by the influential wine guru Robert Parker who praised it "for being one of the very first Californian wines to highlight the potential of Cabernet Franc in specific terroirs."

Richard Harvey MW, Bonhams Senior International Director of Wine, said: "Californian wines of this rarity and quality very seldom appear at auction in the UK. Indeed, some of the wines in the collection are simply unobtainable outside the US market and the sale provides a great opportunity to acquire these exceptional rarities."

Six bottles of Châteaux Lafleur 1961. Estimate: £50,000-60,000.

The sale, which consists of 400 lots, also features six bottles of Châteaux Lafleur 1961 estimated at £50,000-60,000 amongst good private collections of Burgundy and Bordeaux especially from the 2009 and 2010 vintages:

Highlights include:

A dozen bottles of Chambertin 2000 Domaine Armand Rousseau. Recently removed from professional storage where this case had lain undisturbed since original purchase, it is estimated at £40,000-50,000.

A dozen bottles of Château Margaux 2009, Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classé. Estimate: £6,000-7,000.

A dozen bottles of Château Pichon Longueville Baron 2009 Pauillac 2me Cru Classé estimated at £1,300-1,500.

Two twelve bottle cases of Château Pontet-Canet 2009 Pauillac 5me Cru Classé. Estimate: £1,300-1,500 per case.

A six-bottle case of Château Margaux 2010 Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classé estimated at £2,800-3,200.

A dozen bottles of Château Montrose 2010, St Estèphe 2me Cru Classé. Estimate: £1,200-1,400.

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