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Major Champagne collection leads Bonhams fine wine sale

An important private collection of Champagne will be offered by Bonhams next month, as part of the forthcoming Fine Wine sale in London.
Assembled over many years by a noted Scandinavian connoisseur, the collection covers most of the world’s major producers including Dom Pérignon, Krug, Pol Roger, Perrier-Jouët, Ruinart, Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne and Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame.

Amongst the standout lots are an extensive range of bottles and magnums of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut and Rosé, spanning vintages from 1981 through to 2006.

Also represented in the collection are a wide variety of vintages and formats of Bollinger La Grande Année, with standout lots including six bottles of La Grande Année Rosé 2002; six bottles of the 2002 limited edition James Bond 007; two bottles of 1988 Vieilles Vignes Françaises, Blanc de Noirs; and a jeroboam of RD 1988.

"For many years Bonhams has specialized in vintage champagne, but this is the first time we’ve offered a collection with such breadth and depth,” said Richard Harvey, Master of Wine and Head of Bonhams’ Wine Department.

“Almost all the leading Champagne houses are represented with many wines rarely seen at auction. Among the gems I’d pick out a magnum of Veuve Clicquot 1952 (£300-380) and a bottle of Pol Roger 1953 (£300-400). It’s also good to see houses which have more recently come to prominence, such as Jacques Selosse, featuring strongly."

The auction takes place in London on April 14.

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