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Charlie Trotter's to Auction Off Wine Cellar at Christie's

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You know that 4,000+ bottle cellar that Chicago's legendary Charlie Trotter's used to house before it ended its 25-year run this summer? Well, it's for sale. Christie's just released that news that they will be auctioning off the collection on November 16th for what they expect to be a combined total of more than $1 million.

On the block: heavy duty Burgundy, Bordeaux, and cult California cabernet. No big surprises and very few affordable off-vintage deals at first glance, but a whole hell of a lot of large formats. Those with a thing for big bottles, a grip of mags, double mags, impériales (6L in Bordeaux and cabernet land), and even a nebuchadnezzar (15L) or two, abound. Another highlight for the big spenders out there: a methusaleh (6L in Burgundy and Champagne) of 1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche with an estimated sale price of between of $14,000 to $20,000.

This is the second high-profile wine list to go up for auction this year, following the announcement that elBulli's entire cellar would be auctioned off by Sotheby's sometime in the near future. Here's the full catalogue:

· The Magnificent Cellar of Charlie Trotter's [Christie's]
· All Charlie Trotter's Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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