Sotheby’s first wine sale of 2016 brought a total of £570,675 and saw 92% of lots find buyers.
Six bottles of Pétrus 1982 sold for £12,338, the top lot of the day. Lafite, Latour and Mouton Rothschild in the great Bordeaux vintages of 1982, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2005 also achieved strong results.
White Burgundy from Coche-Dury, Comtes-Lafon and Leflaive created much interest – 4 bottles of Chevalier Montrachet 1999 Leflaive sold for £1,293, two bottles of Corton Charlemagne 2000 Coche-Dury sold for £2,233 and a 12-bottle mixed lot of 2004 Comtes-Lafon sold for £1,410.
Rarities included six bottles of 1900 Colheita Borges & Irmão Vintage Port, which generated intense bidding and sold for £1,528 while a bottle of 1893 Cognac A.E. Dor, Age d’Or, Réserve No. 1, Très Vieille Grande Champagne brought £2,585.
A collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy topped off with Salon Champagne leads our January sale. Bordeaux features an Imperial of Mouton 1989, a trio of Lafite vintages – 1998, 1999 and 2000 – complemented by Cheval Blanc 1999, Figeac 2000 and Trotanoy 2001. Highlights from Burgundy include La Tâche 1983 and a selection of 2006 Leflaive.
Another collection includes Margaux and Haut Brion 1986 and a Jeroboam of Lynch Bages 1989. Pichon Lalande 1995 and an array of 1996 Classed Growths and Right Bank wines follow. Further Bordeaux highlights include Latour 1982 and Pétrus 1982, 1990, 1998 and 2005.
Gems from Coche-Dury and Comtes Lafon plus an exciting range of Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Masseto, Romano dal Forno and Gaja add to the appeal of this sale. Grange, Ridge Monte Bello and Stag’s Leap Cask 23 represent the pinnacle of the New World selection.
Rare spirits include 19th-century Cognac and Madeira.