2019 has been an epic year for the Wine Department and we end it on a suitably high note. The sale opens with a fabulous selection from Vandermeulen, the famous Belgian bottler, with parcels of Cheval Blanc and Margaux 1947, Petrus 1949 and 1952 and La Mission Haut Brion 1955. Samples of different lots in this collection were tasted recently by Serena Sutcliffe MW, and further reassurance is provided by perfect family provenance. This collection is followed by a Talbot superlot, a century-spanning vertical from 1926 to the outstanding 2010 vintage, all direct from the Château. Further glamour is provided by wines from the noted French fashion designer Jean Patou, the most elegant man from the roaring '20s. The thirst for great Burgundy continues and enthusiasts will find an exciting range from established producers and the list of highlights, suitably festive, goes on: Louis Roederer Cristal and Dom Pérignon, a collection of pre and wartime Yquem, reconditioned at the Château in 2009, Quinta do Noval Nacional 1963 and Croft 1945. There is something for everyone. We wish you a Merry Christmas and prosperity in the year to come.