Massandra

Madeira 1937 Massandra

Madeira from Crimea, USSR

Provenance: Christies London, 12/8/2016

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Size 80 cl
Vintage 1937
Alcohol 20.0 %
Bottled 1950
Fill level High shoulder
Region Crimea (Krim)

Madeira

The island of Madeira has been producing and exporting its namesake wine virtually since the Portuguese discovered it in 1419. Since then, Madeira’s location in the middle of important trade routes meant the success of its wines mirrored the worldwide geopolitical situation. The fortified wine’s fortunes have soared during times of peace, prosperity, and free trade and plummeted during conflict and international upheaval.

Massandra

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The Massandra Collection

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It is difficult to establish exactly when the Massandra Collection was started but Prince Golitzin donated a large number of wines he had obtained from Europe as well as ones he had made himself. The Collection remained quite safe until the Revolution in October 1917. Although the Bolsheviks established Soviet power by the middle of January 1918 Massandra and the Crimea remained in the control of the White Russians. The violent struggle continued for a further three years exacerbated by German invaders, Anglo-French interventionists and the Russian Counter revolution. Throughout this period, the Collection remained hidden because of the entrance to the tunnels in which it was stored had been bricked up and concealed.
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In November 1920 the Red Army finally took control of the Crimea and the Collection was discovered intact shortly afterwards. In 1922 on Stalin’s orders all the wines to be found in any of the Tsar’s palaces including those at Moscow, St. Petersburg and Livadia were brought to Massandra. Some of these were sold off at this time but the majority were added to the Collection.

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Upon Nazi invasion in 1941, the Collection was evacuated to three separate locations including Golitzin’s original cellars at Novy Svet, and was to remain there until after the liberation of Yalta by the Detached Seaboard Army in April 1944. Late in 1944, the entire Collection was returned to its original resting place.