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Serena Sutcliffe - MW

Head of Sotheby's International Wine Department
“What is Masseto – above all, it is seductive opulence! With its deep, velvety, black cherries flavour and exotic chocolatey allure, Masseto is always exciting and a marvellous expression of luscious Merlot. You could call it noble perfection.“

A Master of Wine and Head of Sotheby’s International Wine Department, Serena is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on wine. A former Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Serena was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 1988. She was elected to the Académie Internationale du Vin in 1993 and, in 2002, she received the New York Institute of Technology’s Professional Excellence Award. In 2006, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Bacchus America. Serena was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion ’Honneur in 2006 for her seminal work in promoting and selling French wines. She is the first person in the British Wine Trade to receive this honour.
Serena is an internationally recognised wine writer and renowned taster, and writes for many international publications. Besides heading Sotheby’s worldwide wine auctions, she is also a member of Sotheby’s European Board and is a regular lecturer and broadcaster in Europe, the United States and Asia. Her book, The Wines of Burgundy, appeared in its 8th edition in 2005.
Sotheby’s holds wine sales throughout the year in London, New York and Hong Kong, specialising in great single-owner sales, such as the Classic Cellar from a Great American Collector series (Part I, New York, March 2009 to Part VII, Hong Kong, April 2011) which has raised a cumulative total of $39.1 million. Other important private cellars have included: Magnificent Bordeaux and Burgundy from an Important Private Cellar (New York, April 2008, $6.1 million) and The Adrian Bowden Cellar Part II (London, March 2007, $2.8 million). The 40th Anniversary Sale (London, September 2010) totalled $3.8 million and the landmark sale of treasures direct from Château Lafite (Hong Kong, October 2010) brought US$8.4 million, over three times the high estimate, and set the world record for the most expensive wine sold at auction for Château Lafite 1869 ($232,692 for a single bottle). Recently, The Ultimate Cellar (Hong Kong, April 2011), sold over two days, amounted to $12.4 million.

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