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# No more red
No more red for De Burgh's ladies as he auctions off wine collection
Daughter Rosanna and wife Diane prefer white anyway.

SINGER SONGWRITER CHRIS de Burgh is to auction off 320 bottles and 84 magnums of wine at Christie’s in London next month, because the ladies in his life don’t like red anymore.

Decanter magazine reports that highlights of the sale include:

  • a case of 1945 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, expected to raise €14,000-€18,000,
  • a 62-magnum vertical of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild (1945-2005; estimate €82,000-€106,000)
  • a case of 1961 Chateau Latour
  • a selection of rare and mature Chateau d’Yquem
  • cases of Mouton 82, Cheval Blanc 78, Margaux, La Mission Haut Brion 61

The singer’s only selling his red collection because “my wife, daughter and I much prefer to drink white wine.”

He said he wouldn’t miss out on anything because “every wine I’m selling I’ve actually tasted, one way or the other, so I know what I’m missing, but I think the time has come for someone else to enjoy them in my stead.”

Watch Chris de Burgh recite a poem about his love for wine:

The sale follows the auction of 746 lots from Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s private wine collection in Hong Kong during January, which raised a total of US$5.6m.

And if all that hasn’t sated your appetite, you can listen to the crooner talk about his wine collection too:

DeBurgh’s wine will be auctioned at Christie’s King Street saleroom in London on 24 March.