The Massandra vintage wines built for Czar Nicholas II goes on auction
Wine auctions have typically managed to garner as much fanfare and interest amongst the collectors, as seen for cars and watches. The serious wine lovers don’t shy away from pitching their best bids at wine auctions like we witnessed in the Bonhams 2012 Fine & Rare Wines Auction held late last year. Besides we have earlier seen how much wine aficionados spend to own world’s most expensive wines. Now on March 29th this year, the wines from a collection held at Massandra, a winery on the Black Sea built for Czar Nicholas II will be up for auction at the Heritage Auction event. This lot is expected to have some of the finest varieties including a bottle of 1915 White Muscat, bottled a couple of years before the October revolution of 1917 where the Tsar was assassinated.
The wines going under the hammer are actually a part of the Massandra Collection, which have 145 lots of Tokays, Muscats, Sherry, and Port bottled at their plants built in the 1890s. Workers reportedly dug tunnels for months to find a perfect spot for aging and storing these rare wine varieties. Frank Martell, Director of Fine and Rare Wine at Heritage, rightfully remarked
“Massandra’s wines are so historically important that sharing them becomes an entirely different type of memory created with friends.”
Also to ensure that the bidders have all the necessary details, Martell has tasted most of the wines from among the 145 lots going on auction at the event. Details regarding tasting notes will be accompanying each lot, along with the ratings from Martell himself. However, with the newly generated interest in wines across the world, much of it as a source of investment, prices could perhaps match or even cross that of the Chateau Lafite Rothschild which incidentally went on to become the most expensive wine lot auctioned in 2011.
Via: Heritage Auctions