On October 21, the finest in sparkling wine and high design will rise to the surface when the Vertical Limit Champagne Cellar becomes available at the Sotheby’s Finest and Rarest Wines, Spirits, and Vintage Ports auction in London. One of only 15, the freestanding Champagne citadel is the collaborative expression of Veuve Clicquot and Porsche Design Studio. Twelve magnum-sized bottles can be ensconced within the refrigerated, brushed-steel storage tower. Locking in the cellar’s exclusivity is it contents, which includes some of Veuve Clicquot’s finest vintages ever produced.
Selected specifically for the Vertical Limit by the winery’s chef de caves, Jacques Peters, the collection comprises magnum Champagne flights from 1955, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1975, 1982, 1985, 1988, and 1990. Also included are magnums of Veuve Clicquot’s rosé from 1969, 1979, and 1989. Adding visual effervescence, each of the cellar compartments are illuminated in the label’s distinctive, Pantone 137c version of yellow.
Sure to be the auction’s standout, the Vertical Limit Champagne Cellar is expected to fetch up to about $154,000. Other exceptional bottles crossing the block include a case of Château Cheval Blanc 1990 (about $8,200 to $9,800), a four-bottle set of Romanée-Conti 1969 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (about $20,500 to $22,500), and a bottle of Henri Jayer’s Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux 1990 (about $5,800 to $7,000). The auction will begin at 10:30 am BST, with bids accepted in person, by phone, or online. (sothebys.com)