Wednesday’s sale of Finest and Rarest Wines totalled £1,450,432 ($1,842,049) exceeding presale expectations and concluding a superb year. The global total reached $74 million, an increase of 22% on last year and confirming Sotheby’s position as the leading auction house for wine.
The top lot of the day was 6 bottles of Romanée-Conti 1993 which sold for £61,100 against estimates of £44,000-50,000 while a 6-bottle case of the Domaine’s Montrachet 1995 brought £22,325.
The sale also featured top Bordeaux including a 12-bottle case of Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 which achieved £14,100. Bidding was international, with buyers from 20 countries including the UK, Hong Kong, mainland China and Singapore. 23% of lots sold online.
Stephen Mould, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe, commented: “We were delighted with the results of the final sale of the year, which achieved a total above the high estimate and demonstrated the continuing strength of our London wine auctions. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti commanded the top prices, whilst bidding for blue-chip Bordeaux remained solid throughout the sale. As we are in the festive season, Champagne corks were popping with Dom Pérignon 1996 and Dom Pérignon Rosé 1996 flying over their estimates. Elsewhere, a great selection of Coche Dury exceeded expectations to bring sparkling prices.”
The December auction is brimming with festive treats and a fantastic line-up of stellar Bordeaux. The opening two collections feature the First Growths from all the landmark vintages from 1982 to 2000, including full cases of Lafite 1990 and Latour, Margaux and Mouton 2000. Right Bank stars, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Petrus also feature, stretching from Ausone 1945 to Petrus 2000. Other legendary older vintages of Bordeaux include individual bottles of Mouton 1928 and 1959 and Latour 1959 and 1961.
‘Exquisite and lush’ Haut Brion Blanc 1995 leads the charge of mouth-watering white Bordeaux which encompasses Haut Brion Blanc, Laville Haut Brion and Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux from a range of vintages. A selection of Coche-Dury and Chablis from Domaine Raveneau are among the white Burgundy highlights.
Domaine de la Romanée Conti features strongly in this sale, from previously unopened 6 bottle cases of Romanée Conti 1993 and Montrachet 1995 to a rare Methuselah of La Tâche 1986. Further DRC lots include a magnum of Grands Echézeaux 1970 and a single bottle of Montrachet 1990.
Rhône and Italy make their mark with each of Guigal’s ‘La La’s’ from the 1991, 2007 and 2009 vintages and a selection of top Barolos from the late 1980s and 1990s including Conterno’s 1985 Barolo Riserva Monfortino. Argentina, California and Australia fly the flag for the New World.
For the perfect opening to a celebratory meal there is an enticing range of Champagne and for the grand finale, a fantastic offering of Sauternes, Armagnac, Cognac, Whisky and parcel quantities of delectable Port!