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 Dominos? Really?!??
Anyway, the list of Flatt’s wines on auction is below. Enjoy, and try not to salivate too much on the keyboard…
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Given that the Southern Hemisphere, whose “reversed” seasons give their winemakers a leg up on vintage releases, already have 2009s hitting the wine store shelves, it’s not too early to call the 2009 vintage for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc a strong one.
I won’t go so far to protest 2009 as excellent for all of New Zealand, because I’ve simply not tasted enough ‘Kiwi’ wine (yet) to make a determination, but I can say that the `09 Marlborough SBs that have made their way into my sample bins have, for the most part, been very good and in some cases excellent.
Case in point is the 09 Drylands Sauvignon Blanc, which is absolutely screaming with passion fruit goodness and a quality finish that is much longer than I’d have expected at a price point under $15. The QPR on that wine is just roof-busting.
Anyway, it seems that every big wine brand has some sort of social network initiative popping up these days, and New Zealand is no exception – Kim Crawford, who produce a few very good Marlborough wines, has recently jumped into the social networking game in a unique way with their Artists’ Lounge concept. The interesting thing about the Artists’ Lounge is that Kim Crawford actually has four artists in residence as part of the community – a poet, a songwriter, a painter, and a photographer. So if you’re into art and NZ wine, Artists’ Lounge might be a cool place for you.
If you’re into winning trips to NZ, then Artists’ Lounge might also be a cool place for you – from now through the week of January 18, members of the Lounge have a chance to win a trip to New Zealand by posting ideas for artistic inspiration in the member forums – the winning entries are chosen by the resident artists, who will create new art works based on the winning entries.
That seems like a pretty cool idea for a contest (and there are worse prizes than visiting the land where Lord of The Rings was filmed!).
More details available here: http://theartistslounge.clmclient.com/contest.php.
Got thoughts on the 2009 NZ wines, the land of Kiwi, or the Artists’ Lounge? Let’s hear ’em!
By most counts, 2009 was a great year for 1WineDude.com.
The blog won some awards. I got interviewed – quite a lot. The blog was featured in some cool places. I got to contribute to some great publications (like CNBC and Mutineer Mag). And getting mentioned in Yahoo! Tech news and the L.A. Times was really cool.
I’ve got this ugly, nagging feeling of “so much left undone” when it comes to one effort in 2009 that had special meaning for me.
Simply put, the progress on my initiative to Help Kick Alzheimer’s Ass has been really, really disappointing.
Let’s make one thing very clear right off the bat: I did NOT push the Help Kick Alzheimer’s Ass initiative as hard as I should have. And for the most part, 1WineDude.com readers were FANTASTIC at spreading the word on the initiative on Facebook and twitter. And some very, very generous people have donated to the cause.
But the Alzheimer’s Association has been a total FAIL when it comes to helping me promote this fundraiser, and we have a LONG WAY to go before we reach our fundraising goal.
So, I’m starting 2010 by asking you a favor.
If everyone who visited this blog donated a dollar, we’d reach our fundraising goal in less than one month.
Become a fan on Facebook. Retweet links to the donation page. But most importantly, please donate a dollar.
Cheers… and THANK YOU!
I don’t normally run sponsored ad content in a post, but the folks representing this campaign have been really cool to me as I’ve been trying to work out technical issues to get their video content up on 1WineDude.com.
Plus, the campaign has to do with my all-time favorite Chardonnay region: Chablis (they didn’t pay me to say that, either! :-).