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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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.

Croft 1945 (3 BT)

Auction Closed

July 22, 03:17 PM GMT


1,400 - 1,800 GBP

Lot Details


Croft 1945

Good levels, labels soiled and scuffed, 1 label missing, Croft embossed wax capsules slightly damaged

Rich red cherries on the nose. So rich and alcoholic. Extraordinary fruit. Total velvet. The greatest Croft ever made. Voluptuous. So sweet one tends to think it is Graham, but it is its own "man" and a truly stunning Port. Another bottle had a lightish brown appearance. Very fruity, smoky bouquet - very Croft. Lovely sweet prunes and glorious walnuts. One senses the power behind it. On the palate, it starts on a fruity note and then the power, backbone and structure hit you. Long and lingering.  Strength and elegance - a great achievement. Serena Sutcliffe, MW

3 bts (cn)



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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