Wednesday’s London Wine Sale was a notable success and, despite global troubles brewing in Europe and the Far East, is evidence that the demand for top drawer wine, with rock sold provenance, is unaffected. Very unusually, this was a two owner sale, with balancing and complimentary collections. A host of commission bids together with at times stiff telephone bidding as well as dogged persistence from the online contingent ensured that the sale was 98% sold. The total, at £1,177,197, comfortably surpassed the £1,048,540 top estimate.
The wines of Domaine Georges Roumier were the focus of the sale, and here competition was particularly fierce. Several lots went for three times their reserve and Roumier lots took the first four positions on the top ten leader board. Pole position went to 6 magnums of Chambolle Musigny , Les Amoureuses 1999, which achieved £22,325.
This 810-lot sale exceptionally combines two fabulous collections from two connoisseurs. Both collections come with unimpeachable provenance and from perfect storage. These are treasure-trove cellars comprising a spectacular array of Grand Cru and Premier Cru Burgundy. The starry roll-call of producers includes Coche-Dury, Rousseau, Roumier, Lafon, Dujac, Jean Grivot, Méo-Camuzet, Dugat-Py, Roulot, Jayer, Mugnier, Leflaive, Liger-Belair and Raveneau - the list goes on.
Beyond Burgundy, top-notch Bordeaux, including a plethora of magnums, features First Growths, Super Seconds and Right Bank marvels. Stunning Châteauneuf du Pape from Sabon and Beaucastel, as well as a splash of inimitable Vega Sicilia Unico, complete this unique, dual-owner sale.