Saturday, November 5, 2016

Bollinger's 'lost Champagne' to star at auction

In the Bollinger Champagne cellar

Do you get a little giddy after pulling a winter coat out of storage and finding a $20 bill in the pocket? Imagine, then, the thrill of discovering a hidden chamber filled with over 600 bottles and magnums of pre-World War II reserve wine for Bollinger Champagne. ...

(T)hat’s precisely what happened at this Champagne house in Aÿ [France]. In fact, an intern had been sent to the subterranean tunnels of the property’s cellar to clean. During the process of removing a wall of empty bottles, another wall sealing off an abandoned chamber was discovered. Inside were the personal wine collections of past family members dating back to 1830. Bollinger was founded in 1829. ...

A restoration project was started to save the rare bottles. All of the wines will remain in the Bollinger Wine Libraries with the exception of one. And that one bottle ... is the showpiece of Bollinger’s first-ever auction, hosted by Sotheby’s in New York City on November 19.

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