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Published:  23 July, 2008

Christie's is to hold what senior director Anthony Hanson MW describes as its "best ever Burgundy sale" at the end of this month. The 988-lot sale will be held in New York and London on 30 October and 1 November, respectively, and will be an "opportunity to purchase great bottles simultaneously". The auction house has used Hanson's influence as one of the world's leading Burgundy experts to pool what it calls "some of the world's best and most exclusive resources". The lots were sourced from domaine cellars in Burgundy, from private collections and the trade. Domaines and ngociants represented include DRC, Leflaive, Lafon, Niellon, Ramonet, Sauzet, Verget, Leroy, Drouhin. Mo-Camuzet, Rousseau, Jayer and de Vog. The youngest wines are 1999s, while the oldest is a magnum of 1945 Musigny Vieilles Vignes from de Vog. The London sale will be preceded by a ten-wine tasting at 6.30pm on 31 October, tutored by Anthony Hanson. Thomas Hudson, head of European wine sales, says that there are plenty of other good-value mature Burgundies "which should be a bargain for people looking to buy wines to drink now".