The July 2013 sale of Finest and Rarest Wines brought a total of £1,372,894, exceeding the pre-sale high estimate. The auction was 90% sold by lot and 95% sold by value. The top lot was 11 bottles of Richebourg 1970 from Henri Jayer, which sold for £72,850, more than double the high estimate. Other gems from Henri Jayer also surpassed expectations, as telephone bidders competed with online bidders for these iconic wines. Bidders fought frantically to secure great vintages of Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Château Pétrus and there was strong demand for an array of Vega Sicilia ‘Unico’ from two significant collections, which garnered international appeal.
This sale features superb private collections of Bordeaux and Burgundy as well as Spain’s iconic Vega Sicilia.
Star lots from the first collection include Pétrus 1976, Latour 1982 and Mouton Rothschild 1986 in bottles and magnums. From Burgundy, La Tâche 1979, 1983, 1985 and 1987 lead on to Grand Crus from Faiveley.
Further collections feature Romanée Conti 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010, gems from Henri Jayer – Richebourg 1970 & 1978 and Cros Parantoux 1990 & 1993 – as well as verticals of Chambertin and Clos de Bèze from Armand Rousseau.
Top Bordeaux abounds, with a particular focus on Lafite, Mouton and Pétrus.
The Vega Sicilia collections feature ‘Unico’ from 1957 to 1983, including the celebrated 1968 vintage, and an array of Reserva Especial.