The sale begins with a wonderful collection of Claret, Sauternes and Rhône, acquired by a keen wine lover over the past two decades. For fans of the super-second Château Ducru Beaucaillou, vintages range from 1970 to 2002, including 1996, 12 bottles, estimated at £1,100-1,500 per lot (lot 5). First Growths focus on Château Mouton Rothschild (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) while there are parcel quantities of Second Wines - Carruades de Lafite, Les Forts de Latour, Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux and Château Bahans Haut Brion - in the very drinkable 2002 vintage. There are also some interesting mixed lots, perfect for birth years or anniversaries.
Stunning Bordeaux 2008s are featured in parcel quantities which offer a great opportunity for collectors. These include nine cases of Château Mouton Rothschild 2008, estimate £5,500-6,500 per 12 bottles (lots 139-147) and six cases of Ausone 2008, estimate £6,000-8,000 per 12 bottles (lots 154-159).
A further collection from a country house features the complete range of 1989 First Growths in original wood, which would offer a sensational “horizontal” tasting. It includes Château Lafite 1989, 12 bottles per lot, estimate £7,200-8,800 (lot 167). Other highlights from this collection include a 12-bottle case of Le Pin 1995, estimate £10,000-12,000 (lot 174).
Vintage Port is well represented with parcel quantities of Graham 1977 (lots 198-202) and Graham 1985 (lots 205-209). Further Port for autumn evenings is on offer later in the sale, with parcels of Warre 1991 (lots 337-344) and Smith Woodhouse 2000 (355-358) among a range of vintages from 1977 to 2003.
A superb collection of Lafite and Carruades de Lafite from a private cellar spans the years from 1989 to 2004, including Château Lafite 2003, 12 bottles, estimate £10,000-12,000 (lot 222). From another country house cellar, there is a wonderful selection of mature First Growths such as Château Haut Brion 1982 in exciting “party size” format, estimated at £5,500-6,500 per 3 double magnums (lot 235).
From the London cellars of a distinguished family, extremely rare First Growths from the mythical 1945 and 1947 vintages are featured: Châteaux Lafite 1945, Margaux 1945, Latour 1947, Margaux 1947 and Cheval Blanc 1947 (lots 253-259). A highlight is two bottles of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945, estimated at £4,000-6,000 (lot 256).
For Sauternes lovers, there is much to delight: Château d’Yquem 1983 in 12-bottle cases and one Imperial (lots 291-293) and the same wine in the classic 1988 vintage (lots 294-295).
Finally, there is keenly priced Claret from the accessible 1985, 1989, 1995 and 1999 vintages – just begging for a new home! Among the tempting choices are Château de Marbuzet 1995, 12 bottles, estimate £240-300 (lots 381-385) and two 36-bottle lots of Château Patris 1999 with an estimate of £240-300 per lot (lots 392-393).