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Wine Spectator: Record-Breaking Lafite Rothschild Auction Brings In $7.86 Million

April 3, 2019

Rare wines sourced from the cellars of Château Lafite Rothschild commanded stratospheric prices at a Zachys auction on March 30 at Le Bernardin Privé in Manhattan. The seven-hour sale, held to celebrate 150 years of Rothschild ownership of the Bordeaux First Growth, brought in more than $7.86 million. Zachys reported that 100% of the 691 lots—representing more than 3,000 bottles of wine—were sold.

The historic nature of the offerings—which included rare bottles of 1868, 1869, and 1870 Lafite in addition to releases from the lauded 1945, 1959, 1961, and 1982 vintages in multiple formats—was hammered home from the auction block. (The sale came just as Bordeaux prepares to introduce its newest vintage.) Wine Spectator has more.—Ben Lasman

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