The Clifford Harris Collection | A Pioneering British Cellar | Finest & Rarest Wines

The Clifford Harris Collection | A Pioneering British Cellar | Finest & Rarest Wines

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NEW COLLECTION | Lots 1-413: A wonderful collection of the wine world’s most classic names, assembled by a dedicated and passionate collector over more than 6 decades, and stored in a single purpose-built, state of the art climate-controlled private cellar in their London home.

Château Lafite 1959 (9 BT)

Auction Closed

July 22, 03:17 PM GMT


18,000 - 24,000 GBP

Lot Details


Château Lafite 1959

Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé

u. 1vts, 5ts, 1t/hs, 1hs, 1ms, 6 labels detached and badly damaged, 1 badly damaged label still attached, capsules showing signs of erosion

This has always been, and remains, one of my favourite Clarets ever. In 2016, I was lucky enough to 'see' it again (i.e. to drink copiously) from a double magnum and it was knock-out gorgeous. Nobility, richness, velvety complexity - it has it all. Beauteous and mouth-coating, it has the aura of eternal life, helped by the large format which infinitely suits a wine of such immense body and opulence. The scent permeates the taste and, I realise, vice versa. Lafite nailed this vintage to a glorious level and experiencing it marks one for life. Serena Sutcliffe, MW

WA 99

9 bts (owc)

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This beautiful cellar was assembled throughout more than 6 decades by the late Clifford Harris, an esteemed collector and leading light of London’s wine scene for many years. The wines offered here were purchased from a select range of highly reputable merchants and direct agents, and subsequently stored (many with original paperwork) in a state of the art, climate controlled private cellar in regent’s park, before collection and inspection by Sotheby’s expert team. The classic tastes of this passionate collector are well-evidenced here, particularly across the impressive depth of cru classé Bordeaux on offer from the 1940s to 1990s, with extensive representation across first growths to fifth growths in all the historic vintages, and an amazing selection of mature burgundy, both white and red, from the region’s leading addresses. Beyond France, we glimpse more of Clifford’s visionary tastes, with an amazing, very rare selection of original Californian legends back to the 1970s, alongside further new world gems and European icons.


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