Wines hidden from the Nazis put up for sale

Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:01am EST
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By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - A British auction house is selling a cache of wines from the 1920s that had been hidden from the Nazis in a bricked up cellar during World War Two.

The wines, which will be sold by Bonhams on March 17 in London, come from the cellars of Bucktrout & Co. Ltd. on Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of France that was occupied by German troops.

The bottles, which include Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild and Ausone from vintages dating back to the 1920s, remained undisturbed during the occupation, Dave Robilliard, Bucktrout's managing director said.

Once Guernsey was liberated, the cellar was too.

"As you can imagine, we've had quite a lot of interest in the auction from the Channel Islands themselves," Richard Harvey, Bonhams' head of wines, said.

"The occupation was something quite significant for us on the mainland as well as for those on the islands. Anytime you mention the Germans and World War Two, there's still an obsession here," he said.

The Channel Islands were the only British soil to be occupied by German troops during World War Two.

The Liberation Group, a small company based on the neighboring island of Jersey, bought Bucktrout, which has been in the wine business since early in the 19th century.   Continued...