Rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti vintages from the personal cellar of Robert Drouhin will go on auction at Sotheby’s New York on October 13. One hundred lots will be available, spanning three decades from 1937 to 1964, giving wine collectors a chance to own pre-second world war vintages.

The coveted collection is the fruit of the family-run Maison Joseph Drouhin’s legacy.

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Bottles of Richebourge, La Tâche and Romanée Conti will be available, as well as vintages from Maison Joseph Drouhin’s own production. Highlights of the sale include a Romanée Conti magnum from 1937, estimated to sell for US$30,000 to US$40,000, and a bottle of 1945 Romanée Conti, set to sell for US$22,000 to US$32,000.

The value of Drouhin’s personal wine collection is showcased by a second world war story Robert Drouhin tells of him and his father, Maurice Drouhin.

They secured the collection in a vault hidden behind a false wall camouflaged with cobwebs and dirt to save it from the Nazis. Maurice, who was accused of anti-German activity, eventually had to hide in the Hospices de Beaune until the city’s liberation in September 1944.

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