Wednesday’s Single Owner wine sale in London, The Treasured Collection of a Connoisseur, smashed presale expectations to bring £2.7 million with 98% of lots sold.
The top spot was shared: both a 10-bottle lot of Montrachet 1986 from DRC and 12 bottles of Montrachet 1992 from Ramonet achieved £54,050, far in excess of their estimates. Magnum cases of Petrus and Lafleur 1982 sold for £44,650 and £35,250 respectively while a Jeroboam of Latour 1961 and 6 magnums of Haut Brion 1961 sold for £30,550 each.
Collectors from across the globe were eager to acquire these mythical wines, with buyers from Europe purchasing 62% of lots, those from Asia 30% and from the Americas 8%.
Stephen Mould, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe, commented: “This fantastic result is testimony to both the outstanding quality of the owner’s wine and a reflection of his exquisite taste. The depth and breadth of the collection were breathtaking, resulting in 78% of lots selling above the high estimate. Buyers came from 21 different countries and they competed energetically for the most coveted lots, with a high proportion selling to telephone bidders and 35% to online bidders. It is difficult to single out highlights, as there were so many, but special mention should be made of the two lots of White Burgundy which were the highest sold lots in the sale. All the large formats were snapped up including no less than 35 6-litre Imperials of Bordeaux from the outstanding 1982 vintage, the highest price going to Château Lafleur 1982 at £25,850.”
Sotheby’s Wine, London is honoured to offer one of the most exciting private collections of wines to come to auction in years. This treasured collection glitters with a multitude of gems from some of the starriest of vintages, estates and domains, lovingly and meticulously cared for and enjoyed by the owner with family and friends over many decades.
The collection is a roll call of some of the greatest Bordeaux of the 20th Century. Spanning vintages from 1938 to 2009, no fewer than 12 châteaux from the outstanding 1959 vintage and 22 from the legendary 1961 vintage, including all five of the First Growths, feature in this sale. The depth and breadth on offer of the stunning 1982 vintage is mouth-watering.
Large formats are a special feature and include 51 Imperials, Jeroboams from 5 vintages, headlined by Château Latour 1961 and Petrus 1978 and a fantastic range of Double Magnums, including Mouton 1959, Palmer 1961, Petrus 1975 and Lafite, Margaux and Petrus 1982.
The line-up from Burgundy impresses with Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1988, 1993, 1996 and 2003. Highlights of the magnificent white Burgundy on offer include vintages of Montrachet DRC from 1978 to 1997 and Grand Cru Leflaive from 1985, 1988 and 1995.
Fabulous Hermitage, La Chapelle 1961, 1978 and 1990 lead the Rhône section which also includes Rayas 1978 and Guigal’s iconic Côte Rôties from the 1985 vintage.
Champagne lovers will be delighted by the show-stopping selection which is bookended by Krug Collection 1959 and parcels of Salon 1990 and 1996. Further highlights include Dom Pérignon 1961 and Pol Roger, Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1975.
A dazzling array of rare and historic vintages of Port, Madeira and Cognac round off the collection. 12 bottles of Taylor 1945 stand out amongst the Port on offer and nearly a hundred years of Madeira is covered from 1820 Boal Solera to 1916 vintage Malmsey. The extraordinary range of Cognac is represented by 27 different vintages stretching back to 1858 Sazerac de Forge, with Croizet Bonaparte Fine Champagne 1906 and 1914 in magnum highlights from the first half of the last Century.