The ultimate wine collector`s case of vintages

The Antique Wine Company and British design house Linley are furthering their collaboration to create the ultimate collector`s item – The `Helix` design case, which exactly matches the interior details of the Linley limited edition of Bentley Continental Flying Spur recently launched in Beijing China. Just fifty of the Santos rosewood boxes will be produced, each featuring a commemorative numbered plaque and co-branded Linley / Antique Wine Company. The wine collection is displayed through a toughened glass top with a polished nickel stringing around the frame.



The case, crafted in Santos rosewood with Indian rosewood, ebony and satinwood inlay contains a selection of all five first growth Bordeaux chateaux, from the best vintages in the past decade.

The motif itself is made up of four different types of veneer that contrast with the Santos rosewood. These have been applied using the technique of marquetry inlay, the meticulous discipline whereby veneers are cut to a design – either by hand or by laser depending on the levels of intricacy – and pieced together to form a pattern before being applied to a solid base, in this instance to depict the double helix.

The wine selection includes:

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003 – one of the most prestigious wines of the vintage and according to Robert Parker, a modern clone of the 1959. It represents a ripe version of the essence of Lafite-Rothschild.

Chateau Latour 1982 is `Flamboyant, concentrated and opulent` – some of the words used by wine critics to describe it. Antique Wine`s Managing Director Stephen Williams, commented: `Whilst the 82 Latour is magnificent to enjoy today, its massive structure will last for another 50 or more years`.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986 – one of the most profound wines of the vintage, rated 100 points, is almost port like in style and considered one of the greatest achievements of this chateau`s first growths.

Chateau Margaux 2000 – Legendary Margaux winemaker, Paul Pontallier, commented `This wine was the most tannic and concentrated vintage made during the previous 40 years, yet the freshness and ripe tannins create a great balance between modern day wine-making and traditionally-styled Bordeaux.

Chateau Haut Brion 1989 – Robert Parker describes this wine as `One of the immortal wines and one of the greatest young Bordeaux wines of the last half-century.` Haut Brion is one of the most consistent Chateau in all of Bordeaux and in 1989 their wine outshone all others.

The collectors pieces are priced at £12,800 each and can be reserved by contacting The Antique Wine Company on

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