The October 2013 sale of Finest and Rarest Wines, featuring the private cellar of Madame Lacoste-Loubat, realised £2.3 million and was 88 percent sold by lot and 97 percent sold by value. Competition was intense for seldom-seen vintages with the exceptional provenance of one of the great French wine families, bringing the total for this collection to £1.6 million, more than double the pre-sale low estimate. The top lot was twelve bottles of Château Latour à Pomerol 1961, which sold for an impressive £103,400 (estimate £40,000 to £50,000). Other notable prices included £47,000 for a double magnum of Château Pétrus 1964 (estimate £6,200 to £7,500), six times the high estimate, and £32,900 for a magnum of Château Pétrus 1945 (estimate £12,000 to £16,000), double the high estimate.
This sale features two outstanding collections: the private cellar of the late Madame Lacoste-Loubat, who once owned Châteaux Pétrus, Latour à Pomerol and La Fleur, and a superb selection of Bordeaux and Burgundy from a connoisseur.
The wines from the cellar of the late Madame Lacoste-Loubat have been nurtured with care and, in the case of Pétrus and Latour à Pomerol, exceptionally reconditioned at their respective Châteaux: new labels and capsules have been applied and all bottles are offered in new original wooden cases.
Château Pétrus is offered in vintages ranging from 1945 to 1999 and formats from bottle to double magnum. Star lots include a magnum and a bottle of the 1945, and a magnum of the 1949. The span of vintages of Château Latour à Pomerol is even wider, ranging from 1929 to 1995 in bottles and magnums, featuring the mythical 1947 and 1961. Château La Fleur, the “secret, inside track” St. Emilion Grand Cru, is offered in an array of great years from 1959 to 1989.
The second outstanding collection features Bordeaux First Growths from all of the best years between 1982 and 2009. Super Seconds from highly prised vintages are featured alongside top Right Bank wines such as Château Cheval Blanc, Château Pavie and Vieux Château Certan. Stunning Château d'Yquem is available in half bottles in the delectable 2001, 2003 and 2009 vintages.
Burgundy from Sylvain Cathiard and Rhône wines from Château de Beaucastel also have a strong presence in the sale. Together with Dom Pérignon, top Californian and Italian wines, they make this a truly remarkable collection.