EBULLI IS NOW CLOSED AND MANY FOODIES LIKE ME ARE LEFT WEEPING BY THE ROADSIDE. EBULLI NEAR THE TOWN OF ROSES IN CATALONIA IN SPAIN RULED AS THE WORLD'S GREATEST RESTAURANT TILL IT CLOSED ON 30 JULY 2011 AND WILL REOPEN IN 2014 AS A GASTRONOMIC CREATIVITY CENTRE CALLED EBULLI FOUNDATION.
Ebulli closed as it was losing money despite an average cost of RM 1,300 per person! In 2010, it opened only for 6 months and could feed only 8,000. THERE WERE REQUESTS FROM 2 MILLION INCLUDING ME WHO WAS REJECTED!
Just shows what a lousy businessman Ferran Adria is! If Ebulli was run by me or any chinaman, it would be raking in cash by the containerload!
Another moronic business is Hermes. No one ever buys their handbags except for Birkin and Kelly yet they persist on producing boring bags no one in their right mind would ever buy! If I were the owner of Hermes, I would only make Birkin and Kelly and stop wasting production time of my factories producing bags, belts, shoes, linens, plates, pots, key chains and stuff no one wants to buy. Now, Hermes just allows middlemen to make money by selling second hand Birkins at the same price of a new one and new Birkins that sell for 20% to 30% more than the original price in Hermes boutiques!
Those who failed to enter Ebulli can console yourself by buying some fine wines from Ebulli's famous cellars next April 2013!
THE ELBULLI WINE CELLAR
TO BE SOLD AT SOTHEBY’S
- In New York and Hong Kong In April 2013 -
- Proceeds To Benefit The elBulliFoundation
“ElBulli restaurant is transforming into the elBulliFoundation. Thanks to
this sale, our work on gastronomic creativity can continue.”
- Ferran Adrià
Ferran Adia---is this man the greatest chef alive today?
3 bottles of Romani-Conti 1990 ---estimated to fetch up to RM 150,000! That will be some tipple to remember!
Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the dates for the much anticipated auction of the elBulli wine cellar. On 3 April 2013 in Hong Kong and 26 April 2013 in New York, Sotheby’s will offer wines
from the cellar of the celebrated Catalan three-Michelin-star restaurant that
closed last year (8,807 bottles; Estimate: HK$8.6 – 12.5 million / US$1.1 -1.6
Founded over 50 years ago in 1961, elBulli was led by Ferran Adrià for the last 27 years.
Ferran Adrià, said: “The elBulliCellar comprises an exceptional and unique collection of wines, that was created and developed by Juli Soler and the elBulli sommelier team (Agustí Peris, Eloi Sànchez, Isabelle Brunet, Lucas Payà, David Seijas and Ferran Centelles). Due the transformation of elBulli, from a restaurant to a Foundation, we decided this very special and personal collection should be used to make a founding contribution to help ensure the successful launch of the elBulliFoundation. In order to make this possible, we contacted Sotheby’s, who have
already shown themselves to be a very special and enthusiastic partner, immediately understanding the purpose of the elBulliFoundation. Thanks to Sotheby’s, we now have a wonderful objective: to raise funds for the elBulliFoundation. Both personally, and on behalf of all the elBulliFoundation team, I would like to thank collectors and everyone involved."
Serena Sutcliffe M.W., Head of the International Wine Department at Sotheby’s said: “Those of us lucky enough to have dined at elBulli will never forget the extraordinary sensations laid before us. There was both an explosive genius about the food and a calm, professional way in which it was delivered, so that one could discover with awe all the secrets of smoke, foam and spheres of liquid involving melon to olives. There was surprise, delight and elation in every dish, a seamless procession of magic that opened up before one’s eyes, only to disappear in a moment of bliss! The extra ingredient in these meals was the intuitive pairing of these creations with the enticing, and phenomenally interesting, wine list. We are delighted to be able to bring these wines to auction so collectors all over the world can share the enchantment of elBulli.”
Under the leadership of Ferran Adrià and Juli Soler, the cutting edge gastronomy of
elBulli is recognized as having changed culinary history by reworking ingredients into
new forms and combinations. It was feted with awards including topping the Restaurant
Magazine list of the world’s 50 best restaurants five times, with Adrià frequently named
the world’s greatest chef. Since closing in July 2011 elBulli is transforming to become
the elBulliFoundation, an experimental centre looking at the process of innovation and
creativity and sharing the results via the new website Bullipedia.
ABOUT JULI SOLER
Juli Soler has been Director of elBulli since 1981, and was responsible for hiring Ferran Adrià with whom he has been a long-time partner at elBulli. In reference to the elBulli Cellar, Juli has always had a special love for classical wine regions, such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, Sherry, Rioja, Cava and Champagne among others, and his areas of expertise are very well reflected in this personal collection. He has been a keen participant at the annual Hospices de Beaune auction and has also received prestigious national and international awards, such as Chevalier de Champagne “Gueridón de Oro 2011” and “National Gastronomy Award for Best Service Manager”.
ABOUT FERRAN ADRIÀ
Ferran Adrià is widely seen as the most revolutionary chef of our time and the most original mind in contemporary gastronomic history. However, he is recognized beyond the world of gastronomy:
Ferran Adrià was named as one of the “100 world’s most influential people” by Time Magazine.
Ferran Adrià has also awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Barcelona and Valencia in Spain and Aberdeen in Scotland. Gold Medal of European Merit, Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts and Madrid Creativity Prize. In 2004, the Camilo José Cela University set up the Ferran Adrià Chair in Gastronomic Culture and Food Sciences in order to bring the world of gastronomy closer to the education system, promoting the study and research of food sciences at an advanced level.
He is the only chef who has participated in the prestigious contemporary art exhibition Documenta (Kassel) in 2007 and also the only one to receive the most acclaimed design award in Europe: the Raymond Loewy Foundation’s Designer Award.
As chairman of the Advisory Board of Fundación Alicia (Food and Science), Ferran Adrià leads a unique project in search of new ways for a better and more balanced nutrition patterns in the future. The Fundación Alicia and Harvard University have recently reached a collaboration agreement entitled Dialogues between Science and Cooking.
He has transformed the worlds of food and cuisine and his contribution to contemporary culture has been highlighted on many occasions.
The auctions will present collectors all over the world with an opportunity to acquire the wines that were enjoyed by diners at his restaurant, some of which were labelled exclusively for the three-Michelin-star establishment.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the elBulliFoundation that will focus its activity on “Creativity”. Over the two sales 8,807 bottles will be offered with a pre-sale estimate of HK$8.6 – 12.5 million / US$1.1 -1.6 million. The Foundation will study the efficiency of the innovation processes, and how they are recorded and audited, using cooking as a language that interacts with other disciplines. All the results will be shared through Bullipedia, the technological platform of elBulliFoundation dedicated to codifying the knowledge and organizing new ideas and concepts.
6 magnums of Lucien Le Moine
Hospices de Beaune Corton
Vergennes Cuvée Paul Chanson
2005, est. HK$9,000 –
13,000 / US$1,200 – 1,600
Over 2,000 bottles of Spanish wine estimated at over HK$1.6 – 2.3 million /
US$200,000 - $300,000
Nearly 100 bottles and six different vintages of Vega Sicilia “Unico” from 1987 to 1996
Seven different vintages of Vega Sicilia Valbuena from 1995 -2002
Nine different vintages and 157 bottles of Pingus
Six different vintages of Clos Erasmus
Four different vintages of Clos Mogador
Over 225 bottles from Bodegas Artadi, featuring their Grandes Añadas and Pagos Viejos
Eight different vintages of Alvaro Palacios’ Finca Dofi from 1994 -2007
Thirteen different vintages of Alvaro Palacios’ L’Ermita from 1993 – 2007
415 Bottles from Château de Beaucastel, including:
Eight vintages of Château de Beaucastel Blanc
Eight vintages of Château de Beaucastel Blanc Vieilles Vignes
Thirteen vintages of Château de Beaucastel Rouge from 1983-2004 featuring bottles, magnums, and Jeroboams
Four vintages of Château de Beaucastel, Hommage à Jacques Perrin featuring bottles and magnums
Further highlights include multiple vintages of Hermitage from JL.Chave, Hermitage, La Chapelle from Paul Jaboulet
Aîné and Côte Rôtie, La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque from Guigal.
The highest value lot in the sale:
3 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée
Conti, Romanée Conti 1990,
est. HK$260,000 – 380,000 /
US$32,500 – $47,500
All five First Growths are present in multiple vintages highlighted by full cases of bottles and magnums of Château
Over 20 Duclot Groupe Assortment cases from 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 all available in parcel quantities
Five vintages of Yquem from 1989 -2001 featuring five different formats
Over 1,400 bottles total, estimated at HK$2.7 – 3.8 million / US$340,000 - $486,000
Over 124 Bottles of Domaine Romanée Conti (DRC) including:
− Seven Vintages of Echézeaux
− Five Vintages of Grands Echézeaux
− Five Vintages of Richebourg
− Seven Vintages of Romanée St. Vivant
− Seven Vintages of La Tâche
− Five vintages of Romanée Conti, including three bottles of 1990
Over 500 bottles of Lucien Le Moine including Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg and
Mazis Chambertin featuring multiple vintages, formats and parcel quantities of:
− Pommard, Hospices de Beaune, Cuvée Dames de la Charité
− Corton Clos du Roi, Hospices de Beaune, Cuvée Baronne du Bay
Many additional offerings from other standout producers: Bouchard Père et Fils, Domaine Leroy, Méo-Camuzet,
Marquis d’Angerville, Domaine des Comtes Lafon.
Over 1,000 bottles, estimated at HK$1.3 – 1.8 million / US$166,000 - $228,000
28 bottles of Montrachet from DRC from 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
Over 600 bottles of Lucien Le Moine including Corton Charlemagne, Chevalier Montrachet and including
multiple vintages, formats and parcel quantities:
− Corton Vergennes, Hospices de Beaune, Cuvée Paul Chanson
Many additional offerings from other standout producers Domaine Leflaive, Maison Henri Boillot, Domaine des
A selection of affordable lots in the sale:
12 bottles of Domaine de la Grange des Peres Rouge
2001, est. HK$5,000 – 6,000 / US$600 – 800
6 magnums of Domaine Cheze St. Joseph Cuvée
Prestige de Caroline 1999, est. HK$400 – 800 /
US$50 – 100
12 bottles of Les Laquets Cahors 2000,
est. HK$1,600 – 2,400 / US$200 – 300
1,300 bottles of Vin de Pays de l'Hérault, Domaine de la Grange des Pères
available in parcel quantities from vintages spanning 1992 to 2001
Multiple offerings of rare Oloroso and Solera Sherry dating back to 1830
70 bottles of Silex and Pur Sang from the late Didier Dagueneau
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium