Swede sells unique wine collection

One of the Nordic region's finest wine collections is soon to go under the hammer in New York. Nils Stormby, a scientist from Malmö, has decided to sell his collection of over 5,000 bottles of wine, Sydsvenskan reports.

Among the bottles up for auction is a unique nineteenth century series from Château d’Yquem, a wine from the Sauternes region of southern Bordeaux regarded as one of the finest in the world.

Wine expert David Wainwright from Zachys in New York recently paid a visit to Stormby’s cellar in Malmö and estimated the collection to be worth around 20 million kronor ($3 million).

Although he feels that the time is right to sell what has been labelled ‘the Collection of a European Gentleman’, Stormby, who is also Japan’s Honorary General Consul in Malmö, does admit to a sense of imminent loss.

“I have begun writing my contribution to the auction catalogue. It will begin with the words: ‘Partir, c’est mourir un peu’ – parting is akin to a partial death,” he told Sydsvenskan.