Wednesday’s sale of Finest and Rarest Wines & Vintage Port totalled £684,579 and prices were led by a five-bottle lot of Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux 1990 from Henri Jayer, which sold for £19,975. Stephen Mould, Head of Sotheby’s European Wine Department commented: “Asian buyers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore featured strongly in Wednesday’s wine auction. Burgundy gems from Henri Jayer provided the highest achieving lots while Bordeaux prices were solid overall. We now look forward to our next sales, in New York on 15 November closely followed by London on 19 November.”
This sale brims with the best Bordeaux châteaux, Burgundy domains, Rhône, Californian and Australian wines. Bordeaux highlights comprise complete cases of Lafite 1986, Margaux 1990, Cheval Blanc 2000 and Mouton Rothschild 2005, not to mention the Super Seconds. Burgundy show-stoppers include Clos de la Roche, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2004 from Ponsot, Bonnes Mares 2005 from de Vogüé and Richebourg 2007 from DRC. A small collection of Henri Jayer to tempt serious collectors features gems such as Echézeaux 1988, Echézeaux 1990 and Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux 1990. An array of Châteauneuf du Pape spans the years 1986 to 2009, with Australia’s Grange 1998 and California’s Screaming Eagle 2011 staking a claim for the New World. Top Italian wines include Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo Cascina Francia and Ornellaia, both in the superb 2001 vintage. Croft 1963, Taylor 1992 and Graham 2000 are among the landmark Vintage Ports that complete this stunning sale.