Champagnes from 1914, the same year Charlie Chaplin made his movie debut, but most importantly it’s the year the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria took place, which in turn triggered the World War I, and eventually influenced the wine grape harvest in north-east France that year.
The sale of vintage 270 bottles celebrates the 270th anniversary of Moët & Chandon. Sotheby’s auction of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection will offer champagnes spanning a century from 1914 to 2004. All 270 bottles for the Grand Vintage Collection Champagnes comes directly from Moët & Chandon cellars.
Of the 74 lots presented at auction, a set of four has garnered the most attention. These include two bottles of 1914 Vintage Collection Moët & Chandon Blanc and rosé (estimate $7,800-$9,100 per lot,) two bottles from 1921 (estimate $6,500-$8,500 per lot) and one from 1928 (estimate $2,900-$3,900) as well as six bottles from 1952.
Sotheby’s head of wine, Serena Sutcliffe said: “We have never before held an auction of this scale, with such a selection of fine and rare champagnes from one producer.” Added Moet & Chandon Chef de Cave, Benoît Gouet “Each time we release a new vintage, people ask me how it will taste in five, ten, 15 years. The answer is – I don’t know. You can identify families of vintages – such as the ones with warm summers and low acid and intense fruitiness – 2003, 1993, 1990, 1976 and 1947. But really each one is unique.”
The auction will be held at Sotheby’s London on November 13. Apart from 270 bottles of champagne on sale to celebrate the 270th anniversary, 174 magnums and 3 jeroboams will be sold to celebrate the year of its foundation in 1743.