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Published:  23 July, 2008

Christie's International Wine Department is to hold its first ever sale in Paris. Fine and Rare Wines - Tribute to the First Growths' will take place on 14 September. Christie's claims that the sale will be the most comprehensive review of the 20th century's finest Bordeaux vintages seen at auction in continental Europe for a decade'. Although Bordeaux First Growths will dominate the event, with many coming direct from the great chteaux, fine wines from Burgundy, the Rhne and the Loire will also feature. Among the 900 lots, which Christie's expects to realise e750,000 (480,000), will be cases of 1945 Mouton-Rothschild, 1947 and 1962 La Mission Haut-Brion (both estimated at E800-1,100 a bottle), and an imperial of 1983 Romane-Conti (estimated at E15,000-20,000). David Elswood, head of Christie's European Wine Sales, said: The sale heralds the arrival of Paris as a major international wine auction centre.' In conjunction with the sale, a wine masterclass' will be held on 12 September at the Paris premises. It will be hosted by Anthony Hanson MW, of Christie's, and Eric Beaumard, the Sommelier of Europe 1994 and Sommelier of the World silver medallist, 1998. A second auction is planned for 7 December, with a full programme of Parisian sales scheduled for 2003.