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This Rare Bottle of Burgundy From 1970 Could Fetch $60,000 at Auction – Robb Report

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) is the big cheese of Burgundy, known for producing some of the world’s greatest wines. Getting your hands on a vintage bottle is difficult, to say the least, but one such rarity has just popped up for auction. And it’s a giant jeroboam from 1970, no less.

The rare drop, which is expected to fetch $60,000, is the centerpiece of Christie’s latest online wine auction, which is running from now until July 31. Encompassing some 626 lots, the sale features highly coveted wines and spirits from the cellar of celebrated oenophile Benjamin Ichinose. If that name’s unfamiliar, all you need to know is that the connoisseur has amassed one helluva wine collection.

In fact, the late British wine critic, Michael Broadbent, once said: “When I saw Ben Ichinose’s cellar, I recognized immediately that it was one of the greatest wine cellars in the world; absolutely perfect in every sort of way.”

A glimpse of Benjamin Ichinose's cellar

A glimpse of Benjamin Ichinose’s cellar.  Christie’s

Ichinose populated his wine cellar during the ‘60s and ‘70s, and it offers a glimpse into the golden age of wine collecting. It runs the gamut, from the finest wines ever produced in Bordeaux and Burgundy to the greatest mature Californian wines to ever appear at auction.

Since the collector established meaningful connections with the producers, provenance is
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