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Looking for that $10,000 bottle of Romanee-Conti? The Spectrum Wine Auction is this weekend

April 19, 2010 |  6:12 pm
The commercial wine industry might be in the dumps and the economy at large may still be crawling from the wreckage, but there still seems to be a lot of exuberance in the auction wine market, at least judging from the estimates for the upcoming Spectrum Wine Auction, which will be held simultaneously in Costa Mesa and Hong Kong on Saturday and Sunday.

Deep-pocketed Burgundy lovers (are there any other kind?) can choose from three bottles of 1959 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée-Conti” with auction estimates of $10,000 each. For Bordeaux fanciers, there’s the miracle vintage 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild for $7,000 and the 1982 Chateau Petrus, the wine that may have kicked off the modern wine-buying frenzy, for $3,000 ($9,500 in magnum). California isn’t left out – what would a wine auction be without Screaming Eagle? You can get three bottle lots of the 1999 or the 2001 for $4,500.

-- Russ Parsons

(Wine photo from Spectrum Wine Auction)