THE CELLAR OF
May 17-18, 2023
Bill Nunnelly was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, avid traveler, and lover of the finer things in life - especially fine wine and food. In his community, Bill established several successful companies after his start in the tobacco industry, and eventually ventured into the wine and spirits business, owning a retail shop for nearly thirty years. His passion for wine was evident in his frequent attendance at wine tasting events, especially in Naples, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee where he and his wife, Rosann, divided their time. They actively engaged in charitable organizations in both cities, advocating for the underserved through the charities that he and Rosann supported, and she continues to support to this day. As a tribute to his memory, one hundred percent of the net sale proceeds from Bill’s wine collection will benefit The Nashville Wine Auction & The Naples Children & Education Foundation.
This sale of nearly seventy-five lots is a wonderful opportunity to support these important causes and acquire exceptional wine from the personal collection of this true connoisseur. Bordeaux leads the pack with ten bottles of 1990 Chateau Haut Brion and five bottles of 1989 La Mission, accompanied by magnums of 1982, 1986, and 1990 Lafite. Further exceptional 1982s include Latour, Mouton, Gruaud Larose, Calon Segur, Leoville Poyferre, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Leoville Las Cases. Burgundy from the 1990s and 2000s dominates, highlighted by J.F. Mugnier 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2010 Musigny and 1999 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses!! Comte Vogue, Bachelet, Leroy, Dujac, Faiveley, and Engel follow close behind with finest red Burgundy, followed by a palate cleanser of V. Dauvissat Chablis and a toast of Champagne from Dom Perigon. Chave and Jaboulet from the Rhone, Gaja from Italy, and a Ridge Monte Bello California Cabernet represent the best from their respective regions in this generous selection from a lifetime well spent collecting the world’s finest wines.
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ABOUT NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION
The Nashville Wine Auction raises funds for cancer research through events that encourage generous giving from wine enthusiasts. This includes glamourous silent and live auctions featuring carefully curated lots of fine wines, exquisite trips, luxury items, and exclusive dinners and tastings. The organization collaborates with domestic and international wine communities, hospitality professionals, businesses, and individuals who share their goal of fighting cancer. Since its inception in 1980, Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $33 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to cancer research, patient treatment, and caregiver/patient support. In recognition of his years of dedicated service and generosity, Bill Nunnelly was awarded the Norman M. Lipman award from the Nashville Wine Auction in 2021. He had attended the event for over four decades, serving as chairman in 1987.