VINTAGES’ 10TH ANNUAL AUCTION: OCTOBER 21 – 24 2011 New exclusive lot: – 6 bottles of 1911 Moët & Chandon

begins Friday, October 21 with a three-course dinner, and champagne reception featuring exclusive 100-point wines, including: Château Montrose 1990, Château Rieussec 2001; and Domaine de Pegau Cuvée da Capo 2000.

This is a rare opportunity to experience some of the best wines in the world.

Vintages Auction Details:

No tickets are required
Friday, October 21, 2011 8 pm (Lots 1-238)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 (Lots 239-1083)
Sunday, October 23, 2011 (Lots 1084-1907)
Auction Location:

Waddington’s Auction House
275 King Street East, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario

All wines are stored and shipped from temperature controlled facilities

Vintages Auction 100-Point Dinner Details:

Chef Massimo Capra
Friday, October 21, 2011
Champagne Reception: 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm
Auction begins promptly at 8:00 pm
$375 per person

New BYO Policy – Vintages is thrilled to offer, for the very first time, a BYO policy during Friday evening of the sale. Feel free to bring a special bottle to enjoy at the sale, and share with your tablemates.

To order dinner tickets:

Contact Vintages at 416-365-5767 or 1-800-266-4764 Monday-Saturday 9 am to 6 pm

New Exclusive Lot

The first lot of the Friday night session will be six bottles of 1911 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage. This Champagne is direct from the cellars of Moët et Chandon. The estimate for this lot is $50,000 to $65,000.

The Moet Grand Vintage 1911 is exceeding rare, one of 10 remaining disgorged last January under the Grand Vintage Collection label. The product comes in a beautiful custom leather case.

“It’s a stunning Champagne – an inspiration. I’m astounded by the fact that, after a hundred years, it overflows with vitality and energy, and boasts both impressive depth and amazing freshness,” Moët Chef du Cave Benoît Gouez.

Each of the 11 six-bottle cases are being offered to a different market around the world. The first case was auctioned at a gala dinner in Shanghai recently, selling for $100,000.

This will be the only case sold in Canada.

In addition, the winner of this lot is invited to experience courtesy of Moët & Chandon a private cellar visit including, a private Champagne tasting with a winemaker, lunch or dinner in Epernay, transportation from the airport to Moët & Chandon and back, and a one night in a 4 star hotel in Champagne.

In celebration of this event, special guests from Moët & Chandon will be joining us, and will be providing us with a special disgorgement of their 1992 Grand Vintage collection to pair with the appetizers for auction dinner.

Moet et Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1992 “Really taut, tight wine, its mature toastiness embedded in a steely, mineral, very dry texture. The acidity is assertive, wonderfully refreshing, so crisp. It may be 18 years old, but it looks likely to age for several years yet” – 96 Pts Wine Enthusiast”

Liz Palmer

Sir Paul and Lady McCartney’s Wedding Champagne

Official Portrait of Sir Paul McCartney and his new wife Nancy – taken by Sir Paul’s daughter Mary.

Champagne of choice for Sir Paul and Lady McCartney’s Wedding:
non-vintage Dumangin Grande Reserve Champagne

About J.Dumangin & Fils

Gilles Dumangin is the fifth generation of Dumangin Champagne producing high class Champagne from Premier Cru vineyards on the Montagne de Reims. Pressing, assemblage, rémuage, disgorging, corking and labeling are all completed inhouse where Dumangin Père et Fils oversees each process personally.

The grapes are harvested from 25-year-old vines and fermented in stainless steel and enamel vats. After the addition liqueur de triage, the wine then rests on its lees for thirty months before disgorging, which takes place approximately three months before the wine is ready for shipping. At this stage a final dosage which dictates the dryness of the Champagne and the ‘house’ style. Rémuage (the process of moving the sediment to the neck of the bottle before disgorgement) takes place manually and on wooden stands.

25% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir & 50% Pinot Meunier

Tasting Notes

“Tight-knit, perfumed, intriguing.” “One of my favourite non-vintage fizzes.” Jancis Robinson
‘delicious, rare and delectable’

As an aperitif or with shellfish, oysters or soft, and creamy cheeses

Liz Palmer

Pol Roger launches Nathalie Garçon Gift Box For The Holiday Season

On the occasion of Christmas and New Year, the House of Champagne Pol Roger has asked fashion designer Nathalie Garçon to dress a box. He has designed this elegant and stylish box with two drawers. At the top drawer lies a scarf of velvet and satin in gold and black hues. This inspiration was taken from Nathalie Garçon’s winter collection. The second drawer contains a bottle of Pol Roger Vintage 2000 vintage.

This divine vintage nectar is made up of a blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) from premier and grand crus.

This is a Christmas gift that will please most! (250 €)

Liz Palmer


On Friday October 28th, 2011 between 1:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PT) Champagne lovers around the world will join the online conversation to celebrate the uniqueness of true Champagne from the Champagne region of France. This global event is set to run 24 hours to give everyone time to have a glass of Champagne when it makes sense in their time zone.

Champagne Day (International) Co-hosts are: Christian Oggenfuss, DWS, Andrea Immer, MS, Jayne Powell, Liz Palmer, Mélanie and Benoît Tarlant, and Becky Sue Epstein

To participate in this “virtual celebration’: share on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, LinkedIn or any other social site using the #ChampagneDay hashtag all day October 28. You’ll be able to search what other Champagne lovers are sharing by using the #ChampagneDay hashtag.

Here is how you can join the #ChampagneDay conversations:

• Register at – This keeps you in the loop of all the
latest happenings

• Choose your Champagnes for #ChampagneDay

• Whether you’re joining in on the Global celebration at home, at a restaurant, or decide
to visit one of the local co-hosted events, you can post your impressions, photos,
tasting notes, experiences, videos, and any other Champagne-related stories online for
others to see – just remember to tag them with the #ChampagneDay hashtag

• Track what other people are sharing by using Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Kurrently, and Twitter Search

#ChampagneDay C O N T E S T

As part of this celebration, The Champagne Bureau is hosting a contest to recognize authentic Champagne. One Grand Prize winner will be selected randomly and receive an iPad 2. Four runners-up will receive exclusive Champagne tasting kits.

To participate, send a picture of an authentic Champagne label to or post the picture to your Facebook profile, tag yourself, and The Champagne Bureau in the picture.

Contest entrants may submit multiple entries to increase their chances of winning. All entries must be unique, as duplicate entries will not be considered. For more information visit: Contest entrants may submit multiple entries to increase their chances of winning. All entries must be unique, as duplicate entries will not be considered. For more information, visit

Last year’s Global #Champagne Day was an overwhelming success and this year’s is promising be even better!

Liz Palmer