Europe

Napa Valley, California


The Auctioneer wine is a tribute to Michael Broadbent, the auctioneer. In 1966, Michael Broadbent joined Christie’s to set up their first wine department. Though James Christie auctioned Madeira wine at his very first Christie’s auction in 1776, there had never been an auction devoted only to wine, let alone a wine department. Thus, the first wine auction devoted to wine was in 1966. Michael was Head of the Christie’s Wine Department from 1966 – 1992. Director of Christie’s International from 1967 – 2007 and their Senior Wine Consultant until his death in 2020. He established Christie’s wine auctions in the USA and pioneered wine auctions all around the world, from Australia, to Asia, to Europe. As the Christie’s wine auctioneer, he accepted invitations to develop other wine auctions, notably the Heublein Wine Auctions in the 1970s in the United States which was the catalyst for many of the great American wine collections and saw the birth of the passionate collectors. Michael co-founded the Napa Valley Wine Auction with Robert Mondavi. He presided over the first 10 Napa Valley Wine Auctions, returning for the 15th and 20th, after which it was re-named Auction Napa Valley and always presided over by a Christie’s auctioneer. His son Bartholomew assisted at the rostrum of all the same Napa Valley Auctions as his father. Michael Broadbent was an enormous fan of the Napa Valley’s early wines. The Auctioneer strives to bring back elegance, restraint, sophistication and harmony. The Auctioneer is made to the style which made Napa Valley famous and appreciated by connoisseurs all over the world. It is elegant. It has a restrained alcohol. It is balanced. It is food friendly. It has acidity. It is definitely not over-extracted, not over-intense, not over-alcoholic, not over-ripe, not obvious. The Auctioneer wine is a wine which Bartholomew Broadbent has insisted be made to possess the charm and quality which would have made his father, Michael Broadbent,...

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The Broadbent name has been synonymous with fine wine for more than six decades, beginning with the renowned career of British wine writer, auctioneer and Master of Wine, Michael Broadbent, and continuing with his son, the importer Bartholomew Broadbent. Bartholomew’s deep roots in Portugal inspired him to create his own range of Ports, Madeiras and table wines. Bartholomew’s love for Portuguese wines stems from their eminent drinkability, restrained alcohol levels and the balance which makes them versatile enough to pair with all kinds of everyday dining. Bartholomew worked on building the market for at least 10 major Port brands, so it was only natural that his next step would be to develop his own. He was looking to make wines which were friendly on the palate, yet with enough quality to please the discriminating connoisseur, at an affordable...

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The Broadbent name has been synonymous with fine wine for more than six decades, beginning with the renowned career of British wine critic,writer and auctioneer Michael Broadbent and continuing with his son, the importer Bartholomew Broadbent. Bartholomew’s deep roots in Portugal inspired him to create his own range of Ports, Madeiras and table wines. Broadbent’s vision was to produce the most reliable and traditional of all Vinho Verdes and to resolve the usual whine that Vinho Verde never tastes like it tastes in Portugal. The solution was twofold: to partner with a winery that had consistent production, and to ship the wines in refrigerated containers. The latter enable the wine to taste as fresh and spritzy as it would ever taste in Portugal, and since its launch in 2005, Broadbent Vinho Verde has rapidly earned the reputation as one of the finest Vinho...

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The first vintage of Broadbent port was produced in 1994, when Bartholomew Broadbent, after spearheading the port revival in the U.S. and Canada, launched his own brand. That inaugural vintage was voted best-in-show at a comprehensive tasting of vintage port during the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. Broadbent port is made, to Broadbent’s specifications, by the esteemed winemaker Dirk...

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The history of Madeira wine stretches back to the Age of Exploration, when Madeira was a frequent port of call for ships whose captains would fuel up on wine—fortified to prevent spoilage—for their trans-Atlantic journey. The blazing heat of the sea voyage transformed the flavor of the wines, a metamorphosis reproduced by a process called estufagem during which the wines are heated to as high as 50°C (140°F) and oxidized. Begun in 1996, Broadbent Madeira was inspired by Bartholomew Broadbent’s father, Michael Broadbent, who called Madeira his “desert island wine,” and who played a crucial role along with his wife, Daphne, in sourcing the wines and establishing the...

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The Broadbent name has been synonymous with fine wine for more than four decades, beginning with the renowned career of British wine critic,writer and auctioneer Michael Broadbent and continuing with his son, the importer Bartholomew Broadbent. Bartholomew Broadbent has partnered with family-owned wineries around the globe to produce wines rich with the essence of place and tradition. Broadbent wines represent authentic character and infinite pleasure. A juicy white wine, with plenty of lime, peach and green apple flavors. Our Gruner Veltliner is elegant and...

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