Jayer Among Netscape Co-Founder Clark’s Wine at Sotheby’s

Magnums of wine from Burgundy producer Henri Jayer dating back to the 1980s are among vintage bottles being sold from the cellar of Netscape Communications Corp. co-founder James Clark through Sotheby’s later this year.

Sixty-seven Jayer magnums are listed from the years 1988, 1989 and 1990 in a Hong Kong auction Oct. 4, while an additional sale is set for New York Nov. 15 that includes Italian and Rhone wines from Gaja, Giacomo Conterno, Guigal and Chave and other growers, according to an e-mailed statement from Sotheby’s.

The auctions’ focus on top labels from regions outside Bordeaux comes as the Liv-ex 50 Index of leading Bordeaux wines has fallen for 11 consecutive months. The index has dropped 10 percent since the start of this year after Chinese demand cooled and collectors focused on other areas including Burgundy.

“In addition to being a leading technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jim Clark also put together an exceptional wine collection,” Jamie Ritchie, Sotheby’s wine chief executive officer and president for the Americas and Asia, was cited as saying in the statement. He said Clark had “dedicated focus.”

The sales may fetch $4 million to $6 million, according to Sotheby’s.