The auction totalled £615,548 ($929,477). The highest price was £25,850 ($39,033) for 3 bottles of Hermitage La Chapelle 1961.
Stephen Mould, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe, commented: "The Bernheimer Collection drew global interest and achieved a total of £238,278, exceeding the high estimate. Buyers competed for rarities including a bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945, which sold for £5,875 and five bottles of the impossible-to-find Dom Pérignon 1955, which fetched £3,750.
The range of Hermitage La Chapelle attracted wine lovers from across all continents. Not to be overshadowed by the gigantic 1961, six bottles of the 1964 vintage soared over estimate to sell for £6,815. The 2006, 2007 and 2010 vintages of Duo, an exciting blend of La Chapelle and La Lagune released in very limited quantities, were highly sought-after by collectors.
Elsewhere, there was strong interest in young Classed Growth Bordeaux, DRC and Domaine Leflaive.
Our November sale in London boasts two fantastic “headline acts” – the Konrad Bernheimer collection and Hermitage La Chapelle, Château La Lagune and Duo direct from the cellars.
The first is a family cellar of absolute pedigree focussing on Bordeaux with appearances from Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhône. Recently shipped from the impressive Burg Marquartstein, highlights include Latour 1961, Mouton 1982, Clos de Tart 1990, Clos des Lambrays 1999 and Dom Pérignon 1955.
The second, a “Domaine to Consumer” collection, features Hermitage La Chapelle, starting with the incomparable 1961 through to 2012. Moving to Bordeaux, the selection of Château La Lagune vintages spans 1975 to 2011 and is crowned by an opportunity to spend “A Very Special Evening at Château La Lagune” – dinner for four hosted by the owner, Caroline Frey, followed by an overnight stay at this elegant C18th Médocain property.
Another notable collection comprises cases of Latour, Margaux and Mouton 1996, while from Burgundy, Romanée-Conti 1985 and 1999 vie for attention with Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux 1993 from Henri Jayer.