Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Photo: Guy Collins
Wines from Burgundy vineyard La Tache dating back to the 1978 and 1990 vintages, as well as rare bottles from the Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild harvests of 1959, are among the top lots at a Sotheby's sale of wines from the cellar of entertainment mogul Jerry Perenchio this month.
Twelve bottles of La Tache 1978 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundy are estimated to fetch as much as $48,000 at the New York auction, while three bottles of 1990 wines from the same producer may sell for up to $18,000, according to Sotheby's online catalog. Three bottles of 1985 Richebourg from Vosne-Romanee producer Henri Jayer may go for as much as $70,000. A version of this article first appeared on Bloomberg.com.
Among top Burgundies from the 1985 vintage, 12 bottles of RIchebourg Meo-Camuzet may fetch $65,000 while four bottles of Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau could sell for up to $14,000, according to Sotheby's. From Bordeaux, 12 bottles of Lafite '59 may fetch as much as $38,000 and the same quantity of Mouton '59 up to $30,000.
Perenchio, a sports promoter who according to the New York Times died a year ago in California at age 86, ``was building his collection in the late '80s and early '90s,'' said Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of Sotheby's wine, in a phone interview from New York. ``He had an eye for a good thing.'' Perenchio built Univision Communications Inc. into the largest Spanish-language U.S. broadcaster, as well as promoting the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971 and the ``Battle of the Sexes'' tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King in 1973.
The first part of the sale, held in Hong Kong on March 30, raised a total HK$52.8 million ($6.7 million), according to Sotheby's. The second part will be held in New York May 19, with the proceeds going to the Perenchio Foundation.