There's an opportunity to score some great vintage champagne at Sotheby's Finest and Rarest Wines Sale in London on Tuesday and Wednesday. The impressive collection includes many bottles of Veuve Clicquot, Dom Pérignon and Taittinger, among others, but the finest selection of is from the famed French house of Krug, whose new bespoke cellar case we wrote about the other day. The top-priced champagne lot is comprised of a decade's worth of Krug's stunning Clos du Mesnil (above) - 10 bottles starting with its very first offering in 1979, estimated at $5,800 - $7,200.
The Clos du Mesnil is Krug's lone exception to the rule of blending, "since it is the product not merely of a single grape variety and a single year, but of a single historic vineyard" (dating back to 1698). Considering that a single bottle if the '79 retails for $5,700 in some places, we expect that this lot will either go much higher, or someone's going to get a really great deal.