Sotheby’s opening wine sale of 2015, held on 28 January in London, exceeded presale expectations to bring £701,863 ($1,066,832) and with 94% of lots sold.
Rare Burgundy was in the spotlight, with La Tâche 1966 from Domaine de la Romanée Conti commanding the highest prices, in both a complete case, which sold for £19,975, and an 11-bottle case, which brought £17,038. From the same DRC collection, Echézeaux 1966 and Grands Echézeaux 1966 also went over their top estimates. The auction concluded on a high when a beautiful, limited edition crystal decanter of Dalmore 50 Years Old whisky sold for £7,638.
Stephen Mould, European Head of Sotheby’s Wine Department, commented: “A strong start to the year saw the sale exceed the top estimate, with an active saleroom and competition on the telephones. Superb cellars of great provenance attracted bidders from Europe, Asia, North and South America, eager to secure seldom seen vintages of iconic wines such as a range of DRC from 1966. Bordeaux was in demand throughout the sale, especially the Mouton, which in the "Year of the Ram" augurs well for our sale of Mouton direct from the Château in Hong Kong on 30 January.”
Our opening wine sale of 2015 features superb Bordeaux spanning multiple decades, rare cases of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and further Burgundy from excellent producers, Grandes Marques Champagne and unique spirits which are sure to inspire connoisseurs from around the globe.
The sale is led by a wonderful collection of rare delights, bought predominantly on release and stored in the underground cellar of a beautiful Georgian mansion. Highlights include La Tâche, Grands Echézeaux and Echézeaux 1966 from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Vosne Romanée, Les Beaux Monts 1989 from Leroy, available in loose bottles and full cases. Also represented, and not to be missed, is a swathe of classed growth Claret from the 1980s, vintage and non-vintage Champagne featuring Krug 1982, Bollinger Grande Année 1985 and Pol Roger, Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1988. Vintage Port, Armagnac and a parcel of Hine Cognac 1962 finish off this wonderful collection.
The second featured collection welcomes in the year of the Ram with Château Mouton Rothschild in vertical lots from the 1950s to the present era, along with full cases from the great 1986, 1989 and 2000 vintages, amongst others. This high quality collection continues with all the additional First Growths plus Pétrus, Cheval Blanc and other top end Bordeaux from the 1980s and 1990s alongside gems from the Romanée Conti stable.
The sale continues with further offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy from Rousseau, Roumier, de Vogüé, Drouhin-Laroze, Leflaive and Lafon and Rhône from Chave and Château de Beaucastel. The sale concludes on a high with an extremely rare Crystal Decanter of Dalmore 50 Years Old, not to be missed by any Whisky aficionado.