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Wine Spectator: Prince Robert de Luxembourg Auctions Wines From Haut-Brion’s Cellars For A Cause Close to Home

May 20, 2022

The most impressive auction of Château Haut-Brion wines to date has its roots in two parents trying to care for their son. In 2016, Prince Robert de Luxembourg and his wife, Princess Julie, were devastated to find that their youngest son, Frederik, was gravely ill with a mysterious disease. Frederik was eventually diagnosed with a mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that robs the body’s cells of energy, in turn causing multiple organ dysfunction and failure. His particular illness is due to a mutation in the PolG gene, but multiple mitochondrial diseases have now been discovered, believed to afflict one in every 5,000 people.

After five years working to find effective treatments for their own child, Prince Robert and Princess Julie are focusing on helping other families. Last year they founded the PolG Foundation, dedicated to funding research into treatments for mitochondrial diseases. And to raise money for the cause, they have partnered with Sotheby’s to auction an impressive collection straight from Prince Robert’s wine cellar at Haut-Brion.

The sale, which will be conducted May 21 at Sotheby’s New York offices and online, includes more than 800 lots, a treasure trove of wines, most of which have spent their entire lives in the cellars at Haut-Brion. Numerous cases of the classic-rated 1990 and 1989 vintages are available, as well as magnums. One lot includes four balthazars (12-liter bottles) of the 2009 vintage of Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion Blanc, La Mission and La Mission Blanc. Wine Spectator has the full story.

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