The last sale of our spring/summer season realised £625,182 ($975,284) comfortably within presale expectations. The top lot comprised 8 bottles of Pétrus 1989 which sold for £18,800. ($29,328). Other vintages of Pétrus also performed strongly, with 3 bottles of the 2000 vintage selling for £10,810 ($16,894). Top lots from Burgundy included 3 bottles of Domaine Ramonet’s Montrachet 1992, which brought £6,462 ($10,082), far in excess of the high estimate. A mixed lot of Domaine Leroy, comprising 6 bottles each of Romanée St. Vivant 1998 and Richebourg 1998, prompted lively bidding to bring £9,988 ($15,581). We now look forward to our next London sale on 16 September, a Single Owner collection entitled “A Great Bordeaux Cellar”.
The lead collection in our 15 July sale was amassed over the last 20 years with only the best wines in mind. The collection is a veritable ‘who’s who’ from the upper echelons of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône.
All the Bordeaux First Growths, from vintages of the late 1980s to early 2000s are represented, along with other Classed Growths such as Léoville Las Cases 1985, Ducru Beaucaillou 1996 and Léoville Poyferré 2003. Pétrus 1988, 1989 and 1990 are highlights from the Right Bank, together with Pavie 1986, Ausone 1990, Clinet 1995 and Cheval Blanc 1996.
The Burgundy is distinguished by some highly sought-after growers such as J-F Mugnier, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Denis Mortet, Domaine Leflaive and Domaine d'Auvenay. From the Rhône, there are sumptuous single vineyard offerings in the guise of Guigal’s La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque.
The second collection features an array of young treasures from illustrious names, including Burgundy’s Pierre Damoy, Bernard Dugat-Py and Jean-Marc Boillot, Italy’s Gaja and Castello di Ama, and Spain’s Peter Sisseck, not forgetting the Rhône’s Domaine de Pégau in formats from magnum to 12-litre Balthazar.
Stand-out lots from the cellar of a Michelin-starred restaurant include Romanée-Conti 2006 and other gems from the Domaine in the 2006, 2008 and 2009 vintages, and some rarely-seen-at-auction DRC spirits.