A single bottle of Chateau Lafite from the 1806 vintage may fetch as much as 50,000 pounds ($67,000) at a Christie's London sale in London this week, according to the auction house's estimate.
The bottle, authenticated by the estate in 1992 and with detailed provenance, is described in the catalog as ``one of the last two or three bottles in private hands and good condition'' from the vintage, and has been kept by its owner in a natural cellar in the Loire Valley for the past quarter century.
The auction also includes wines direct from the Lafite cellar dating back to 1874, being released to mark the 90th birthday of Michael Broadbent, who founded Christie's wine department in its modern form in 1966.
A single bottle of Lafite 1874 is estimated at up to 5,000 pounds, while a bottle of 1876 has a top estimate of 2,600 pounds and a bottle each of the 1887 and 1905 vintages carry estimates of up to 3,000 pounds.
Two bottles each from the more recent landmark 1961 and 1959 vintages are also on offer, the 1961 pair estimated at up to 3,000 pounds and the 1959s at up to 4,000 pounds.
The sale, scheduled for London on Dec. 7, also includes a 12-bottle lot of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947, the Saint Emilion estate's landmark post-war vintage, which may fetch as much as 160,000 pounds.
Four of the bottles were recorked and relabeled at the estate in 1997, a further seven in 1998 and the final one in 1999, and they come in a new Chateau wooden case from storage in Octavian in Corsham, U.K.
Historic Burgundy in the sale includes a single bottle of La Tache 1961 Domaine de la Romanee Conti, estimated at up to 2,800 pounds, and a bottle of Leroy Chambertin from the same year, estimated at up to 1,500 pounds. Both are from a private collection also stored at Octavian.
Nineteenth-century port in the sale includes a bottle of Ramos Pinto sweet white port from 1884 and a dry white vintage port of 1890 from the same producer, each estimated at up to 1,200 pounds.
All lots are subject to a buyer's premium of 20 percent plus applicable value added tax.