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Sotheby’s and the Cité du Vin will offer an enchanting selection of ex-cellar wines

For their second charity event with the Cité du Vin, Sotheby’s will offer 60 lots of rarities from Château Cheval Blanc, Penfolds, and more.

In a powerful continuation of their collaborative philanthropy, Sotheby’s and Cité du Vin have once again joined forces for a noble cause. An exclusive online charity auction will captivate wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs, offering a unique opportunity to bid on exceptional wines directly sourced from prestigious estates. The auction will take place from February 12 to 26.


La Cite du Vin.
La Cite du Vin.

Participants can also expect extraordinary wine experiences, including visits, tastings, dinners, and overnight stays at wineries spanning Bordeaux and beyond, both in France and around the globe.

The funds raised from this auction will play a pivotal role in supporting the Cité du Vin, an iconic foundation that has revitalized Bordeaux since its inauguration in 2016. Often referred to as the ‘Guggenheim of wine’ due to its stunning architectural design, the Cité du Vin is an immersive museum, drawing global attention to the rich cultures and civilizations embedded in millennia of wine history.

Sotheby's wine auction

The funds generated will bolster the foundation’s commitment to safeguarding, celebrating, and sharing the heritage of wine with people. As a philanthropic gesture, renowned estates have made a generous contribution to support the foundation’s initiatives. This charitable initiative comprises 60 lots, estimated to be valued at around €200,000. The diverse lots promise an array of wine-related treasures, creating a compelling opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

At the forefront is a bespoke original wooden case Magnum vertical of the revered Penfolds Bin 707 (€9,000-18,0000), personally signed by the Head Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago. This exceptional offering includes vintages spanning from 1986 to 2021, creating a unique and coveted ensemble. As an additional highlight, the winning bidder and three guests will be treated to a private vertical tasting of Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon in the enchanting backdrop of Paris.

Adding to the allure is an Imperial of Château Cheval Blanc 2008 (€8,000-16,000), accompanied by an exclusive invitation for six guests to embark on a private visit, followed by an extraordinary tasting and lunch at the illustrious Château Cheval Blanc. This experience promises an intimate exploration of one of the world’s most esteemed wineries, curated to delight the senses and indulge the palate.

Penfolds wine

Further enhancing the opulence of this collection is a Double Magnum of Petrus 1995, (€30,000-40,000) presented in its original wooden banded case. This iconic wine, celebrated for its exceptional quality and rarity, becomes a treasure for the fortunate collector who secures this lot.

The offerings extend to include a Double Magnum duo of Le Pin, featuring the 2011 and 2015 vintages (€45,000-65,000). What makes this lot truly exceptional is the accompanying invitation for eight guests to participate in a private tasting and an exclusive lunch at the Château hosted by the esteemed owners, Mr. & Mrs. Thienpont.

Each lot in this exceptional collection represents an immersive journey. This event is a lifetime chance to create unparalleled memories.