Wednesday’s sale of Finest and Rarest Wines totalled £769,437 ($1,184,933) and saw substantial interest in desirable vintages of Bordeaux and selected producers from Burgundy.
The top lot of the sale was a 9-bottle lot of Château Haut Brion 1961, which brought £11,515, in excess of the high estimate of £8,500. The joint top lot was a double magnum of Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 which also surpassed expectations.
From Burgundy, Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux 1990 and 1993, both from the legendary Henri Jayer, performed well, with single bottle lots fetching £5,405 and £3,995 respectively.
Stephen Mould, Head of Sotheby’s Wine Europe, added: “We now look forward to our next sale on 25 November, Finest and Rarest Wines, Featuring the Collection of Konrad Bernheimer from Burg Marquartstein & Hermitage La Chapelle, La Lagune and Duo Direct from the Cellars.”
Our 21 October Finest and Rarest Wines, Spirits and Vintage Ports sale features numerous private collections covering Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Rhône Valley, Italy and Champagne along with gems from the US and Australia.
Chateau Pétrus is well represented with vintages spanning seven decades. Other right bank stars include Ausone and Lafleur in bottle and case quantities along with the magnificent Cheval Blanc 1990. From the left bank come all the First Growths including large format Mouton 2000. Three bottles of Vosne Romanée, Cros Parantoux 1990 Henri Jayer and DRC from 1969 are stand out lots from Burgundy. Guigals La La’s and Chapoutier’s La Chapelle head up offerings from the Northern Rhône while parcels of Châteauneuf represent the south including Château de Beaucastel, Hommage à Jacques Perrin 2009.
There is plenty of Italian wine on offer as well including Sassicaia, Masseto, Ornellaia and parcels of Gaja and Giacosa.
This sale also features the ‘Vertical Limit’ cellar. A stunning, free standing, brushed steel refrigerator, the result of the collaboration between Veuve Cliquot and the Porsche Design Studio, complete with 12 vintages of Veuve Cliquot from 1955-1990.