The sale totalled £1.4 million and saw bidding from four continents, with 22 percent of lots sold online. There was strong interest in the limited release Imperials from the outstanding Bordeaux 2005 vintage and in rarities such as the jeroboam of Hermitage La Chapelle 1978. The joint top lots were two twelve-bottle cases of Pétrus 1982, with perfect provenance, which sold above the £34,000-40,000 estimate at £44,650 each. The next wine sale will be in Hong Kong on 28 May, entitled A Celebration of Year of the Horse: Cheval Blanc Direct from the Château and An Important European Cellar.
Sotheby’s is honoured to offer a superb range of some of the finest Bordeaux since the start of the new millennium, focusing on the outstanding vintages of 2009 and 2010. The owner acquired these En Primeur and has stored them professionally since their original purchase. Many of the wines are presented in parcels that include limited imperials of the First Growths and top right Châteaux from the fabulous 2005 vintage.
The sale also includes two cases of Château Pétrus 1982, which, prior to shipment for this auction, had never left the Château. The cases were inspected by a Sotheby’s specialist at the Château and then re-banded.
The second session features an impressive collection of Grand Cru and Premier Cru Burgundy from many of the most distinguished producers including Rousseau, Meo-Camuzet, Ponsot, Mugnier, Dugat-Py and de Vogüé. Bordeaux, Rhône, Spanish wine and Vintage Port are also represented within this wonderful collection, which has all been purchased upon release and perfectly stored.