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Le Gavroche: Rare Wine and Memorabilia go to Auction

After 57 years of service and culinary excellence, Le Gavroche in London, a pioneer in introducing French haute cuisine to Britain, closed its doors this January. The Roux family is now partnering with Christie’s for “Le Gavroche: An Online Auction,” to offer over 100 lots from its prestigious collection to the public. The sale will run from April 10 to April 24, featuring rare wines, artworks, and memorabilia from the two-Michelin-starred establishment.

A Little History on Le Gavroche 

Le Gavroche was founded in 1967 by brothers Albert and Michel Roux Snr, swiftly establishing itself as a cornerstone of the British dining scene. Under the stewardship of Michel Roux Jr. since 1989, the restaurant maintained its Michelin stars and continued its tradition of culinary innovation. It also played a significant role in shaping the careers of several world-renowned chefs, including Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White.

The Auction 

The auction highlights the restaurant’s remarkable wine collection, featuring sought-after labels like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Château Mouton Rothschild. Plus, preserved vintage Champagnes from the cellar. Bidders will also find an array of art, decorative items, porcelain, and silver that once contributed to the elegant ambiance of Le Gavroche.

Auction Highlights and Details

The auction, operational from April 10 to April 24, invites enthusiasts to bid online for more than 100 lots, encompassing an extensive range of items. It starts at 10:30 a.m. (BST) While we don’t know everything that is going to auction, here are a few items you can expect to see.

Wine: 

Wine is the significant focus in this auction. Their list eas adorned with gems including these below. But when auction day comes, who knows what will be out there! 

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Grand Cru, Vintage 2013:

Estimated Price: 9,000- 12,000 British Pounds 

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé, Musigny Vieilles Vignes, Vintage 2010:

Estimated Price: 500-600 British Pounds 

Salon Le Mesnil, Vintage 2002:

Estimated Price: 700-900 British Pounds 

Corton Charlemagne, Domaine Bonneau du Martray, Vintage 2017: 

Estimated Price: 500-600 per Magnum, British Pounds 

Art and Decor: 

Alongside the wine treasures, the auction also features works of art and decorative items that once graced the interiors of Le Gavroche, adding a layer of ambiance to its legendary dining experience.

Porcelain and Silver: 

Exquisite pieces that served the establishment’s patrons will catch the eye of those looking to bring a touch of Le Gavroche’s elegance into their homes.

The auction not only promises a dive into the profound legacy of Le Gavroche but also a testament to its undying influence on the culinary world. They will also be selling their restaurant’s sign for 1,000 pounds

The Farewell and Forward Look

The decision to auction these items reflects Michel Roux Jr.’s intention to celebrate Le Gavroche’s journey and to share pieces of its storied history with those who appreciate its legacy. This sale not only offers collectors and enthusiasts a chance to own a part of Le Gavroche’s history but also serves as a homage to the restaurant’s lasting impact on the gastronomic world.

With its physical doors closed, Le Gavroche continues to enrich the culinary landscape through this auction. This auction will allow its pioneering spirit and dedication to culinary excellence to live on. This event represents more than just a sale; it’s a celebration of an influential entity in the global dining culture, promising to preserve the essence of Le Gavroche for future generations.

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