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The Herbert Bridges
Harris, Jr. Collection

An Auction of Finest & Rarest Wines

Saturday, February 8, 2014
9:00am at Tru Restaurant

 

We are honored to announce a spectacular single-owner auction on February 8, 2014, showcasing The Herbert Bridges Harris, Jr. Collection, the most prestigious cellar to appear at auction for some time. The offering of 986 lots is almost exclusively rare Burgundy and classic Bordeaux, and is estimated at $4-$6 million. Given the caliber and pedigree of the cellar, HDH anticipates collectors from around the world to converge on the auction saleroom.

The vast cellar boasts an encyclopedic selection of highly-sought Bordeaux and Burgundy, along with Rhône and Champagne, and includes a remarkable and unprecedented selection of large format bottles, including hundreds of top wines in imperials, jeroboams and double magnums.

The late Mr. Harris, a well-known wine collector, passed away at the age of 78 in 2013. A native Texan, he enjoyed football and tennis while attending college at Baylor. After receiving an MBA from the University of Texas, he settled in Houston and launched a successful career in real estate, among other ventures. Known to his family and friends as “Bubba,” he was warmly regarded in the wine collecting community and beyond for his humor, generosity, integrity and compassion. His interest in wine began when he was in his late 20s, and before long he was sampling wines regularly in various tasting groups in Houston. Along the way, he had the good fortune to become friends with Lenoir Josey, one of the most passionate, knowledgeable, and respected oenophiles in America. With Mr. Josey as a willing and eager mentor, he began to actively collect in the 1970s. His experience with the 1985 Burgundies spurred an epiphany, and prompted him to accelerate his collecting activity with a much greater focus on Burgundy. Eventually he acquired an additional apartment contiguous to his living quarters, installed extensive insulation and temperature and humidity control systems within it, and used the additional apartment exclusively for his wine cellar. It evolved into his sanctuary, with admission limited to an exclusive few.

A devoted Francophile, he befriended many iconic producers, and was close with many respected wine merchants. He was a leader and active member of the International Food & Wine Society, The 7th of April Wine Club, as well as the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, and was very involved with community organizations such as the Pin Oaks Charity Horse Show, Houston Livestock Show, Houston Club, River Oaks Tennis Club, and the First United Methodist Church in his hometown of Center, Texas.

Provenance, condition and storage were of great importance to Mr. Harris, and his wines remained in his highly customized home cellar until moved to professional storage in 1994, where they have remained undisturbed for the last 19 years. The vast majority of the wines were acquired as futures or upon initial release from reputable merchants. The details of the remarkable provenance were found in the volumes of original receipts and ledgers detailing his purchases back into the 1970s that were provided to HDH by the family.

The sale will feature unparalleled quantities of the world’s most sought after wines. Foremost among the group are 100 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti worth an estimated $1.4-$2.2 million, featuring a full case of 1976 Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bs), 221 bottles of La Tâche, including seven 6L methuselahs. The auction also contains one of the largest offerings of Leroy highlighted by two cases of 1990 Chambertin (12 bs) (owc) (estimate $16,000-$24,000), four cases of 1990 Clos Vougeot (12 bs) (owc) (estimate $7,000-$10,000) and eight cases of 1990 Vosne-Romanée, Beaux Monts (12 bs) (owc) (estimate $7,000-$10,000).

“This is by far one of the most important collections I have seen in my 23 year career at Christie’s, Davis & Company, Sotheby’s, and Hart Davis Hart. The vast quantities of rare wine combined with the impeccable provenance is unlikely to be seen again any time in the near future,” noted Paul Hart, CEO of Hart Davis Hart.

Other highlights include:
• 6 cases of 1985 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot (12 bs) (owc) (est. $26,000-38,000)
• 8 cases of 1985 Ruchottes-Chambertin, Maison Leroy (12 bs)
• 23 lots of Château Pétrus from 1967-1988
• 8 lots of Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne from 1961, 1966, 1971 and 1976
• 30 lots of Château d’Yquem from 1961-1983 with seven Imperials of 1983
• 250 bottles of Domaine Leflaive from 1976-1989

 

Important Bidding and Auction Information

Absentee bids may be submitted online, via facsimile at 312.335.9096 or by calling HDH at 312.854.0100. Phone bidding can be arranged in advance by contacting HDH at 312.854.0100. Live online bidding is available for real-time bidding over the Internet. Visit HDH Live for more details.

The live auction will take place at Chicago’s award-winning restaurant Tru, beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. (CT) on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Tru is located at 676 N. St. Clair Street in Chicago, just one block East of Michigan Avenue. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge, though we suggest and encourage you to pre-register. Pre-registration for the auction and reservations for lunch at TRU during the sale ($75) should be made by contacting Gwen Brooks at 312.854.0096.

 

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Lot 293
1971 Romanée-Conti,
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
(1 jeroboam (3L)) $30,000-45,000

Lot 297
1976 Romanée-Conti,
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
(12 bs) $50,000-75,000

Lot 299
1976 Romanée-Conti,
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
(1 meth (6L)) (owc) $35,000-55,000

Lot 307
1971 La Tâche,
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
(6 mags) $35,000-55,000

Lot 325
1978 La Tâche,
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
(12 bs) (owc) $30,000-45,000

Lot 390
1976 Montrachet,
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
(12 bs) $32,000-48,000

Lot 558
1985 Richebourg, Henri Jayer
(6 bs) $48,000-75,000

Lot 562
1985 Vosne-Romanée,
Cros Parantoux, Henri Jayer
(6 bs) $30,000-45,000

Lot 822
1985 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes,
Domaine Ponsot
(6 mags) $30,000-45,000