"Must Be Present To Win": Sotheby’s To Sell the Cellar of Lloyd Flatt

Vinted on January 13, 2010 binned in wine industry events

If you enjoy what are regarded as some of the world’s most prestigious wines, and happen to have in excess of $600,000 lying around, then you might want to make your way to Sotheby’s in New York on March 10.

That’s when they plan on selling the wines from the cellar of famed wine collector and way-cool-eye-patch-wearer Lloyd Flatt.

Long-time 1WineDude.com readers will recall Flatt and his extravagant cellar when they were covered here in a guest post by long-time friend-of-the-Dude Jason Whiteside (who had the honor of pouring some of Flatt’s collected wines at a party held in his memory).  Saying that Flatt’s wine collection was amazing and expensive would be a bit like saying that a nuclear war might "tickle a bit" – in other words, a huge understatement.  As Lloyd’s widow, Lauré Flatt, put it:

"There was the rebuilding of Europe, the rebuilding of Atlanta and then there was the rebuilding of Lloyd Flatt’s wine cellar."

Flatt’s cellar contents reads like a Who’s Who of France’s most celebrated wine labels (see the full list for auction after the jump).  While he clearly enjoyed the most celebrated of French wines, he seems to have harbored a pretty down-to-earth approach when it came to wine tasting.   Recalls Lauré:

" ‘Must be present to win’ – of all of Lloyds quotes, this is my personal favorite. This was the order of the day whenever opening an important bottle to share with family and friends. Many times it was just he and I at our kitchen table or in the garden. Top hats, morning coats, a jazz band through the French Quarter or pajamas in the garden, Lloyd said the dress did not change the taste of the elixir. He had a hunger for fine foods; however he was not one to follow the food to wine match; ‘if the wine is good enough the food will follow.’  He often enjoyed Dom Pérignon and Dominos pizza, or a Lafite with a cheeseburger."

I can get behind the cheeseburger, but DominosReally?!??

Anyway, the list of Flatt’s wines on auction is below.  Enjoy, and try not to salivate too much on the keyboard…

1 x 4.5l Jero, 1959 Lafite Rothschild, est. $20,000-30,000
1 x 4.5 Jero 1961 Lafite Rothschild est. $12,000-20,000
1 6L Margaux 1983 est. $4,000-6,000
1 x 15L 1989 Lynch Bages est. $4,000-6,000

White Bordeaux:
12 bottles 1989 Haut Brion Blanc est. $10,000-15,000
1 6L 1985 Haut Brion Blanc est. $3,000-5,000
12 bottles 1982 Haut Brion Blanc est. $3,000-5,000

2 x 6L 1983 Montrachet est. $8,000-11,000 each
9x 3L 1983 Jero La Tâche est. $3.000-4,000 each
2 x 750ml 1947 La Tâche est. $8,000-12,000
1 x 1.5L 1962 Grands Echézeaux est. $4,500-6

Bouchard Père et Fils:
1 bt 1865 Chambertin est. $1/1,500
1 bt 1865 La Romanée est. $4/5,500
1 bt 1861 Romanée St. Vivant est. $4/5,500
1 bt 1864 Montrachet est. $4/5,500
1 bt 1869 Montrachet est. $2,750/4,000

2 x 6L 1990 Louis Roederer Cristal Millennium Mathusalem est. $10,000-15,000 each
2 x 1500ml 1971 Salon le Mesnil est. $4,000-6,000
1 x 1500ml 1969 Krug Collection est. $2,250-3,250
1 x 1500ml 1962 Dom Pérignon est. $2,000-3,000
3 x 750ml 1959 Salon le Mesnil est. $4,500-6,000
1 bottle 1949 Salon le Mesnil est. $1,000-1,500






  • Steve Heimoff

    Someday, Dude, you'll be present and winning. You'll have the U-Haul pull up to the back door and load er up with everything, then drive straight to Domino's. Don't forget to mix a little Coke (as in Coca Cola) in with your Lafite.

    • 1WineDude

      I thought it was Sprite with Lafite ?? :-)

  • Austin James Carson

    The contents of my cellar are probably worth no more than a few Dominos pizzas (give or take a pie).

    The eyepatch is killer!

    • 1WineDude

      The eyepatch does indeed play, doesn't it?

  • Austin James Carson

    I may fashion an eye patch of sorts tonight and see what kind of wine drinking merriment ensues.

    • 1WineDude

      You know, it's especially the combo with the top hat that makes it totally bad-ass and avoids "pirate" territory altogether. The man had style.

  • fgj1013

    I bet he wore a cape too

    • 1WineDude


  • Colin

    Is that really a 15L of '89 Lynch Bages, or is there a decimal point missing? Because at $200/750ml, i bet we could get a nice collection going to pop for that one!

    • 1WineDude

      Good eye – I imagine that *has* to be a typo…

  • Dale Cruse

    Wine with Dominos pizza makes as much sense to me as anything else. Just this past weekend I ate Dominos & drank the Renatto Ratti Barolo that was ranked #7 on this year's Wine Spectator Top 100 list.

    I've found that great wine can elevate mediocre food, but great food will not elevate mediocre wine.

    • 1WineDude

      Well, you're a braver soul than I am! :)

  • David Lawrence

    A true "bon vivant" and friend . I had the pleasure to know his family & worked with Mark & Michael , his sons, on several of his extraordinaire tastings.
    His wines were well selected and well keep…enjoy!

  • David Lawrence

    A true "bon vivant" and friend . I had the pleasure to know his family & worked with Mark & Michael , his sons, on several of his extraordinaire tastings.

  • 1WineDude

    Thanks, David!

  • Ted Henry

    The man really needed a monocle in the good eye to pull off the the full look but seems like he was a cool guy. I Don't know much about white Bordeaux, is 25 year old Sauv Blanc any good? ($1000 a bottle good that is)

    • 1WineDude

      I hear ya, on both counts.

      There is no way I'd buy SB that old to drink. I'm guessing it's priced for bragging rights…

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