Wednesday’s wine sale in London brought £1,758,834 ($2,761,369), the highest sale result of the year and bringing the total for 2014 to £12.8 million ($21.1 million). The top price achieved was £37,600 for 12 bottles of Château Pétrus 1982. Pétrus, Le Pin and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti dominated the Top 10.
The 1,430 lots offered took ten hours to sell and bidders on the telephone, online and in the room competed for coveted lots such as Haut Brion 1955 and Latour 1975, rare 1900 Yquem and Burgundy from Domaines Georges Roumier and Armand Rousseau, which all exceeded their high estimates.
The next wine sales are in Hong Kong on Friday 12 December at 6:30 PM, when we are offering A Superb Private Cellar, followed by Sotheby’s first wine sale in Paris on 17 December – À Table !, celebrating the art of fine wine and dining.
Our 10 December auction showcases some superlative collections of Bordeaux and Burgundy and, as befitting the festive season, a wonderful selection of Champagne and Vintage Port.
The sale begins with an outstanding private collection of legendary names from Bordeaux and Burgundy. In the spotlight, Château Pétrus 1982, ‘89, ‘90 and 2000, together with the 5 Left Bank First Growths and Right Bank superstars Le Pin and Lafleur. This stunning selection is topped off with magnums of 2005 Domaine de la Romanée Conti.
Direct from the cellar of Château Montrose, we are delighted to offer a pristine collection of the super-second classed growth from St. Estèphe, a wine of great longevity and impact, with formidable structure and glorious, saline black fruit. All the wines were stored at the Château since their original bottling and were shipped direct from the cellar to Sotheby’s in November 2014 for this sale.
A magnificent private collection from immaculately kept cellars on the Continent offers a plethora of First Growth Bordeaux spanning 6 decades and Grand Cru Burgundy featuring Armand Rousseau and Drouhin-Laroze. This collection is followed by another Continental cellar featuring vertical selections of the First Growths, Pétrus and Cheval Blanc, stretching from the 1940s into this century, as well as over 100 years of Yquem and a large range of other Claret and Sauternes, at prices to suit all pockets.
Elsewhere in the sale, Burgundy highlights include verticals of Armand Rousseau’s Chambertin, Clos de Bèze and Clos Saint Jacques 1999–2010, attractive selections from Domaine Dujac and Sylvain Cathiard and white Burgundy including Les Pucelles from Domaine Leflaive.
Circumnavigating the world, the December auction also features wines from the Rhone, Alsace, Loire and southern France, German gems such as the Maximin Grünhäuser and Prüm Rieslings, Italian and Spanish classics, new world beauties from Australia including Penfold’s Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace and from the Americas, Ridge Monte Bello and Argentine Malbecs.
Finally, there is a wonderful selection of Champagne from Bollinger to Krug and a luscious array of Vintage Port including 24 cases of the wonderfully rasiny and very drinkable Fonseca 1983.