Sotheby’s final London wine sale of 2013, on 10 and 11 December, brought a total of £2.1 million. As in November, the top lot of the sale came from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti - this time, a case of La Tâche 1990 which sold to an Asian buyer for £39,950. There was strong demand for wines from Henri Jayer, with a 4-bottle lot of Richebourg 1987 more than doubling the high estimate of £16,000 to bring £30,550.
This two-day sale of Finest and Rarest Wines features two exceptional collections. Superb Bordeaux and Burgundy abound, complemented by a stunning range of Rhône and Italian wines.
The auction begins in style with 1982 Châteaux Lafite, Mouton Rothschild and Pétrus followed swiftly by Richebourg 1989 DRC. No fewer than six Carré d’As 2000 cases offer a unique opportunity to acquire bottles, magnums and double magnums of Châteaux Latour, Margaux, Haut Brion and Pétrus in this outstanding Bordeaux vintage. Other highlights include Romanée-Conti 1985 and 1999, a complete case of La Tâche 1990 DRC as well as 1997, 2000 and 2001 vintage DRC assortment cases.
Session Two features an amazing collection of very rare 2.5 litre Marie-Jeannes purchased by the current owner from Sotheby’s in 2011. The original owner persuaded several top Châteaux, including Margaux, Léoville Lascases and Cheval Blanc, to fill these unusual format bottles with their 1985 vintage.
The first of the exceptional collections, starting Session Three, bristles with First Growths from the best years between 1982 and 2006. Le Pin together with Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Lafleur, and Pétrus represent the very best from the Right Bank. The range of red Burgundy, from DRC, de Vogüé, Rousseau, Ponsot, Liger-Belair and Méo-Camuzet, is truly breathtaking, while the white Burgundies from Coche Dury, Leflaive and Comtes Lafon are equally tempting. Gems from Piedmont and Tuscany from producers such as Gaja, Bruno Giacosa, Giacomo Conterno, Antinori, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia and Tenuta San Guido appear in an array of exciting vintages. Finally, Pingus and Screaming Eagle are noteworthy wines from outside of France and Italy.
The second exceptional collection, which brings this sale to its grand finale, features First Growths and top Right Bank wines in the most desirable vintages, such as 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1996 and 2000. From Burgundy, DRC and Henri Jayer lead a superb selection while Guigal dominates for the Rhône.