Our 16 September single-owner sale, a Great Bordeaux Cellar, totalled £1,040,028 ($1,591,243) and was 100% sold by lot.
Stephen Mould, Head of Wine, Sotheby’s Europe, said: “This was a landmark auction for Sotheby’s – our first-ever “white glove” wine sale in London.”
There was strong bidding from the UK, Europe and Asia, demonstrating the appeal of Classed Growths and top Right Bank wines from perfect provenance. The top lot was a 12-bottle case of Pétrus 2000, which brought £30,550 ($46,742). Other vintages of Pétrus dominated the top results, while 12 bottles of Haut Brion 1989 and Cheval Blanc 2000 fetched £10,810 ($16,539) and £6,815 ($10,427) respectively.
Stephen Mould added: “The bumper series of autumn wine sales at Sotheby’s promises to be one of our best, as we now look forward to this season’s auctions in New York, Hong Kong and London.”
This Great Bordeaux Cellar, to be offered in London on 16 September, focusses on First Growths and their second wines, Super Seconds and other Classed Growths in vintages spanning 1989 to 2007. Among the highlights are the extraordinary Haut Brion 1989, the outstanding Pétrus and Cheval Blanc 2000, and the superb La Mission, Lafite and Mouton 2005. The majority of Châteaux presented in this sale are featured in bottles, magnums and impressive 6-litre Imperials. This collection comes to auction from immaculate storage and with impeccable provenance - the perfect opportunity to acquire pristine Bordeaux for drinking or further cellaring.