Spain's acclaimed elBulli, which closed its doors last year, will auction off their wine cellar at Sotheby's Hong Kong sale on April 3, and then in New York on April 26. Chef Ferran Adria's artistic ambitions, following a radical trend remembering Picasso, Miro, and Dali, have been so recognized that he is the only chef ever invited to the Kassel Documenta art exhibition, and was awarded the Raymond Loewy Foundation's Designer Award.
The result of the 8,807-bottle sale, which is estimated at $1.1 to $1.6 million, “will help ensure the succesful launch of the elBulli Foundation," according to chef Ferran Adria. Highlights of the forthcoming auction include: three bottles of Romanée Conti Grand Cru (estimated at $32,500 to $47,500) from 1990, 2,400 Burgundy bottles estimated at $506,000 to $714,000, and 2,000 Spanish wine bottles (estimated at $200,000 to $300,000). As well, Château de Beaucastel, Grange des Pères, and Didier Dagueneau afficionados will find respectively 415, 1,300, and 70 bottles available.
elBulli featured a unique wine experience to complement its innovative cuisine. Restaurateur Juli Soler and his sommelier team not only collected the most praised Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhône wines, but they were also pionneers. They helped Spanish stars come to light, like Pingus, Vega Sicilia, and Alvaro Palacios, as well as the late Didier Dagueneau, a Sancerre winemaker who has been an inspiration for a whole generation in France, and beyond. Even the rising estates of the Languedoc renaissance, like Grange des Pères, or the troublemakers of low-sulphite vinification, like Mathieu Cosse in Cahors, could be found on the wine list — a trend that has been followed by elBulli's successor as world's best restaurant, Noma in Copenhagen.
To discover elBulli's creative evolution through images, watch the video below.