Sotheby’s New York opened the fall 2014 season of wine auctions on 20 September with Finest and Rarest Wines which exceeded pre-sale expectations of $1.4/1.9 million to total $2,022,268. The sale was 93% sold-by-lot and 95% sold-by-value. Over 50 online bidders participated in the sale bidding on 39% of the lots. Blue chip Bordeaux from legendary vintages such as 1982 and 1989 that are drinking well now were highly sought after and multiple bidders continually competed for top Burgundy. A case of Château Lafite 1982 sold for $43,750 (est. $32,500/42,500), 24 half bottles of Château Haut Brion 1989 fetched $25,000 (est. $12/16,000), three bottles of Romanée Conti 2011 achieved $34,375 (est. $27,500/37,500), and eight bottles of La Tâche 1988 made $16,250 (est. $9,500/12,000).
The September 20 sale of Finest and Rarest Wines in New York will Feature the top First Growths including 1995 Margaux, Lafite and Haut Brion. A superb selection of wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti include La Tâche and Romanée-Conti, both from the legendary 1985 vintage. Special attention is given to Léoville Las Cases 1995 with a seldom seen 27 lot parcel. Further highlights include both La Tâche and Romanée-Conti from the 2011 vintage.