Press Release: Brilliant Burgundy & More from the Magnificent Cellar of Marcus D. Hiles - New York, NY

NEW YORK, 12 February 2019

Sotheby’s Opens New York 2019 Wine Auctions With Brilliant Burgundy & More from The Magnificent Cellar of Marcus D. Hiles

Two-Part Auction Series Comprising 871 Lots, Estimated in Excess of $6 Million

Led by:

 An Outstanding Selection of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Estimated to Achieve in Excess of $3 Million, Tops the Dedicated Live Sale on 9 March

Superlative Spirits and Ancient Madeiras To Highlight the Online-Only Auction, Open for Bidding from 22 February – 12 March

NEW YORK, 12 February 2019 – Sotheby’s is pleased to open our 2019 wine auctions in New York with a two-part auction series, both live and online, dedicated to exceptional wines and spirits from the magnificent cellar of Marcus D. Hiles – the Texas-based property developer and philanthropist. Amassed over the course of several decades, Mr. Hiles’ significant, meticulously stored collection reflects his impeccable tastes, charting the high points of Burgundy, Champagne, Bordeaux, Italy and California, with an equally impressive selection of spirits and madeiras.


Sotheby’s had the privilege of selling wines from the distinguished businessman’s cellar in 2010. The sale in Hong Kong marked the largest DRC collection ever offered by Sotheby’s in Asia at that time, and bested its US$4.7 million high estimate to achieve US$6.4 million.


Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine, commented: “Following a record-breaking 2018, we are delighted to open our 2019 auctions in New York with an incredible selection of Burgundy and more from the very impressive cellar of Marcus D. Hiles. This is the largest scale cellar we have ever visited, and we are privileged that Marcus has again entrusted us to offer this superb selection to our international audience. We are also delighted to be offering them in two special single-owner formats, presenting the wines in a live auction on March 9th and the Macallan in Lalique, Pappy Van Winkle and Madeira in an online sale, which closes on March 12th.”


Marcus Hiles is a successful property developer and entrepreneur, who serves as the Founder and CEO of Western Rim Properties, based in Dallas Fort Worth. Over the course of his career, Mr. Hiles has built an impressive empire that includes a portfolio of over 15,000 luxury apartment rentals and residential homes. His progressive and innovative approach to the real estate business focuses on top metro areas that have been underserved, as well as the importance of the quality of life within these communities. A testament to his staunch dedication to improving these environments, Mr. Hiles ensures that his developments lead the industry in energy efficiency and conservation. Western Rim Properties has continued to expand with its communities serving the growing need for affordable rental properties that also provide some of the area’s highest quality accommodations.

As a prominent Texas business leader, Mr. Hiles also plays a philanthropic role, advocating for educational equality for all students, independent of their socio-economic background.

Mr. Hiles’ cellar is among the largest ever seen by the Sotheby’s Wine team. Its overwhelming scale and quality is matched by exceptional design and technology, maintaining optimal storage conditions: champagnes are kept at a constant 45 degrees and wines at 55 degrees, both with 70% humidity. And, in the event of a power outage, a natural gas back-up generator has the capacity to keep several warehouses running.


Auction 9 March at 10AM

The dedicated offering this March is anchored by a compelling selection of Burgundy, topped by over 250 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti that are together estimated  to achieve in excess of $3 million. Much of the DRC is in original wooden cases, with many previously banded prior to inspection for the sale.

Alongside DRC, the live auction highlights include a trove of the most highly coveted wines from Burgundy’s top estates, with a focus on Rousseau, Roumier, J.F. Mugnier, Leroy, Dujac, and J.F. Coche-Dury. Additional Burgundy domaines featured in the sale include: Mugneret-Gibourg, Liger-Belair, Méo-Camuzet, Emmanuel Rouget, Marquis d’Angerville, Joseph Drouhin, Fourrier, Ramonet, Raveneau, Dauvissat and Roulot.

Le Pin, Petrus, Ausone, and Angélus lead the selection from Bordeaux, comprising the most desireable recent vintages, while California blue-chips round out the live sale, featuring nearly a decade of pristine Screaming Eagle entirely in their original wooden cases.


Bidding Open from 22 February – 12 March

Coinciding with the live auction, the online-only sale will highlight superlative spirits and ancient Madeiras from Hiles’ magnificent cellar.

The offering of nearly 30 lots is lead by six exclusive The Macallan in Lalique ‘Six Pillars’ Collection decanters, each encasing some of the rarest single malts available on the market today. Each limited-edition decanter will be offered in its original presentation case accompanied by respective crystal stopper.

The reference-point Pappy Van Winkle also figures prominently, including the Family Reserve 15, 20, and 23 Years Old. In addition, some of the world’s rarest Madeiras from the greatest shippers and partidistas round out the online sale, including the legendary Borges “HMB” Terrantez, mythical 1720 HM Borges Pather, and 1794 Adegas do Torreão Verdelho.




Montrachet 2010 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 3 bottles, est. $12,000 - $18,000

La Tâche 2015 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 6 bottles, est. $24,000 - $35,000

La Tâche 2008 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 1 methuselah, est. $26,000 - $35,000

Romanée Conti 2015 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 3 bottles, est. $48,000 - $65,000

Romanée Conti 2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 6 bottles, est. $80,000 - $120,000

Romanée Conti 2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 1 magnum, est. $35,000 - $48,000


Gevrey Chambertin, Clos St. Jacques 2010 Armand Rousseau, 12 bottles, est. $11,000 - $15,000

Chambertin, Clos de Bèze 2010 Armand Rousseau, 12 bottles, $20,000 - $30,000

Chambertin 2010 Armand Rousseau, 6 bottles, est. $13,000 - $18,000

Chambertin 2009 Armand Rousseau, 3 magnums, est. $15,000 - $22,000


Bonnes Mares 2009 Domaine Georges Roumier, 12 bottles, est. $14,000 - $19,000

Musigny 2010 Domaine Georges Roumier, 1 bottle, est. $7,000 - $10,000

Musigny 1999 J.-F. Mugnier, 12 bottles, est. $17,000 - $22,000

Chambolle Musigny, Les Amoureuses 2009 J.-F. Mugnier, 4 bottles, est. $4,500 - $6,500

Corton Charlemagne 1990 Domaine Leroy, 3 bottles, est. $3,000 - $4,000

Chambertin 1990 Domaine Leroy, 7 bottles, est. $28,000 - $42,000

Richebourg 1990 Domaine Leroy, 1 bottle, $4,200 - $6,500

Mazis Chambertin 1985 Maison Leroy, 4 bottles, est. $6,000 - $8,000


Meursault, Perrières 2014 J.-F. Coche-Dury, 5 bottles, $10,000 - $15,000

Meursault, Perrières 2009 J.-F. Coche-Dury, 6 bottle,s $10,000 - $15,000

Corton Charlemagne 2010 J.-F. Coche-Dury, 6 bottles, est. $30,000 - $42,000

Corton Charlemagne 2011 J.-F. Coche-Dury, 6 bottles, est. $18,000 - $26,000




Krug, Clos d'Ambonnay 1996, 6 bottles, etc. $11,000 - $15,000

Krug, Clos du Mesnil 1996, 3 bottles, est. $4,200 - $5,500

Dom Pérignon, Oenothèque 1995, 6 bottles, est. $3,200 - $4,200

Jacques Selosse, Substance NV, 12 bottle,s est. $3,500 - $4,800




Le Pin 2015, 6 bottles, est. $24,000 - $35,000

Le Pin 2010, 1 bottle, est. $3,000 - $4,000

Le Pin 2009, 5 bottles, est. $16,000 - $24,000

Château Margaux 2015, 12 bottles, est. $11,000 - $15,000




Dominus 2013, 12 bottles, est. $3,500 - $4,800

Screaming Eagle 2007, 3 bottles, est. $9,000 - $12,000

Screaming Eagle 2010, 3 bottles, est. $7,500 - $11,000



The Macallan in Lalique ‘Six Pillars’ Collection



The Macallan in Lalique-‘Exceptional Oak Cask’ Decanter, 50 Years Old, est. $45,000 - $65,000

The Macallan in Lalique - ‘Natural Colour’ Decanter, 55 Years Old, est. $50,000 - $70,000


The Macallan in Lalique - ‘Finest Cut’ Decanter, 57 Years Old, est. $55,000 - $75,000

The Macallan in Lalique - ‘Curiously Small Stills’ Decanter, 60 Years Old, est. $60,000 - $90,000

The Macallan in Lalique - ‘Spiritual Home’ Decanter, 62 Years Old, est. $65,000 - $95,000

The Macallan in Lalique - ‘Peerless Spirit’ Decanter, 65 Years Old, est. $65,000 - $95,000


Pappy Van Winkle

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year Old, 1 bottle, est. $700 - $1,000

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year Old NV, 1 bottle, est. $1,100 - $1,500

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 Year Old NV, 1 bottle, est. $1,800 - $2,600



Borges ‘HMB’ Terrantez Madeira, 1 bottle, est. $3,000 - $5,000

1720 Borges ‘Pather’ Madeira, 1 bottle, est. $6,000 - $9,000

1794 Adegas de Torreao Verdelho Madeira, 1 bottle est. $5,000 - $6,500

1863 Barbeito Bual, Reserva Velha, Madeira, 1 bottle est. $1,600 - $2,400


For more information about the auction, please visit www.sothebys.com/wine or contact Sotheby’s Wine department at (212) 606-7050. For all press inquiries, please contact Alexandra Fizer at (212) 606-7176 or alexandra.fizer@sothebys.com.