The 2 December auction, A Century of Classic Wine, realised a total of £854,719. The top lot was a 12-bottle case of Le Pin 1995 which sold for £14,688.
Stephen Mould, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe, commented: “Strong interest in rare and more recent vintages of Red Bordeaux sparked competitive bidding from across Europe and Asia.” A single bottle lot of the glorious Château Mouton Rothschild 1959 doubled its pre-sale high estimate, selling for £1,880, whilst a single bottle lot from the landmark 1961 vintage went above its high estimate to achieve a price of £1,998. Highlights from more recent vintages included a single magnum lot of the highly sought-after Haut Brion 1989 which sold for £2,115.
The small but compelling selection of prized Burgundy was similarly in demand with DRC making three of the top 10 positions. A magnum of Echézeaux 1989 from Henri Jayer soared above its high estimate to reach £4,935 and the Domaine Armand Rousseau offering proved equally irresistible with a 12-bottle case of the 1986 Clos de la Roche achieving £4,465.
This spectacular collection, amassed over many years, spans more than a century of classic Bordeaux, Sauternes and Burgundy.
The range of vintages of Classed Growth Bordeaux is extraordinary. Lafite sets the tone with no fewer than 24 vintages and opens the sale with a single bottle of the rare 1903. Mouton Rothschild is featured in an equally exciting array of vintages, beginning with the coveted 1928, one of the stars of the 20th Century. Latour, Margaux and Haut Brion are also well represented. Highlights from the Right Bank include Cheval Blanc 1995, on offer in Double Magnums and impressive Imperials – perfect for large format aficionados! And for the ultimate tasting comparison, there is the stunning Le Pin 1995.
Leading the Sauternes selection is a superb trio of Yquem vintages – the 1988, 1989 and 1990 – offered in tempting half bottles to decadent Double Magnums, Jeroboams and Imperials.
Prized Burgundy includes DRC La Tâche and Richebourg 1972 in their original wooden cases; a magnum of Echézeaux 1989 from Henri Jayer and a case of Clos de la Roche 1986 from Armand Rousseau.