boasts an encyclopedic selection of highly-sought Bordeaux and Burgundy, along with Rhône and Champagne. The auction will include 986 lots with unparalleled quantities of the world’s most sought after wines. Foremost among the group are 100 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, featuring 12 bottles of 1976 Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and 221 bottles of La Tâche. This vast cellar also includes a remarkable and unprecedented selection of large format bottles, including hundreds of top wines in imperials, jeroboams and double magnums.
The late Mr. Harris, a well-known wine collector, passed away at the age of 78 in 2013. A native Texan, he enjoyed football and tennis while attending college at Baylor. After receiving an MBA from the University of Texas, he settled in Houston and launched a successful career in real estate, among other ventures. Known to his family and friends as “Bubba”, he was warmly regarded in the wine collecting community and beyond for his humor, generosity, integrity and compassion.
Mr. Harris’ interest in wine began when he was in his late 20s, and before long he was sampling wines regularly in various tasting groups in Houston. Along the way, he had the good fortune to become friends with Lenoir Josey, one of the most passionate, knowledgeable, and respected oenophiles in America. With Mr. Josey as a willing and eager mentor, Mr. Harris began to actively collect in the 1970s. His experience with the 1985 Burgundies spurred an epiphany, and prompted him to accelerate his collecting activity with a much greater focus on Burgundy.
Eventually, Mr. Harris acquired an additional apartment contiguous to his living quarters, in limited to an exclusive few. Provenance, condition and storage were of great stalled extensive insulation, temperature and humidity control systems within it, and used the additional apartment exclusively for his wine cellar. The cellar evolved into his sanctuary, with admission importance to Mr. Harris, and his wines remained in his highly-customized home cellar until they were moved to professional storage in 1994, where they have remained undisturbed for the last 19 years. The vast majority of the wines were acquired as futures or upon initial release from reputable merchants. Volumes of original receipts and ledgers detailing his purchases date back to the 1970s.
A devoted Francophile, Mr. Harris befriended many iconic producers, and was close with many respected wine merchants. He was a leader and active member of the International Food & Wine Society, The 7th of April Wine Club, as well as the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, and was very involved with community organizations such as the Pin Oaks Charity Horse Show, Houston Livestock Show, Houston Club, River Oaks Tennis Club, and the First United Methodist Church in his hometown of Center, Texas.
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