Wednesday’s wine sale in London featuring a Superb Private Collection totalled £1,716,922, exceeding the £1.5 million top estimate. 97% of lots found buyers across 21 countries, led by the UK, Hong Kong and Russia.
An Imperial (6 litre) of Petrus 1989 achieved £28,200, the highest price of the sale. There was keen competition for both mature and young Bordeaux and sought-after Burgundy producers such as Armand Rousseau and Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair.
Stephen Mould, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe, commented: “The sale was very strong across the board with the result comfortably exceeding the high estimate. “A Superb Private Collection” led the sale and featured mature Bordeaux from a damp cellar. While the storage may have affected the labels, demand for these gems saw intense global bidding, particularly from the UK and Asia. The collection included some fabulous Burgundy with rare Rousseau rocketing several times over the high estimate. Parcels of vintage port from this section also saw spirited bidding together with younger vintages of Bordeaux available in depth. Other collections in the sale were eagerly sought after, resulting in a superb start to the London wine auction season.”
Our February auction is bursting with brilliant Bordeaux stretching from Haut Brion 1922 to Lafite 2012. First Growths and Classed Growths abound in the landmark vintages from the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s with highlights including a Jeroboam of Mouton 1982, an Imperial of Petrus 1989 and double magnums and an Imperial of Cheval Blanc 2000.
Sought after Burgundy features a bottle of La Tâche 1999 and Musigny 2001 from de Vogüé and Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier plus a case vertical of Clos de Tart from 2000 through 2012. Champagne glitters with Salon and Krug 1990 and a limited edition Jeroboam of Cristal 2002 while Quinta do Noval Nacional 1982 leads the Port selection.