Yes, it’s true. Australia’s greatest wine personality (he’s so much more than a wine writer) has decided at the youthful 82 years of age, that he’s amassed more wines than he’s going to be able to get through, so he’s decided to put his personal collection onto the fine wine auction house Langton’s.
“As I approach my 82nd birthday I have decided to sell a selection of wines from my collection. I hope it will give opportunities for the many wine lovers around the world to start or add to a collection of these wines,” Mr Halliday said.
This collection gives us mere mortals a chance to bid on Mr Halliday’s collection of 250 bottles of the world’s best Pinot Noirs from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC), including a 1999 La Tâche Grand Cru.
“We are privileged to be selling Australia’s most significant cellar at auction. The wines have incredible provenance, purchased directly from DRC, and have been kept in immaculate cellaring conditions in James Halliday’s private cellar,” said Langton’s Head of Auctions Tamara Grischy.
“I have been collecting – and consuming – wine for over 60 years, initially with a focus on Australian wine, then expanding to experience and gradually understand the great wines of the world. I’m looking forward to sharing these incredible wines with other enthusiasts,” Mr Halliday said.
Mr Halliday will also release a selection of Australian wines from his cellar later in the year.
The auction will be offered in single bottle lots and is live from May 30th and closes on June 28th at 7pm (AEST) Langton’s.