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.

Heitz Cellar, Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha's Vineyard, Napa Valley 1974 (1 BT)

Auction Closed

July 22, 03:17 PM GMT


1,800 - 2,400 GBP

Lot Details


Heitz Cellar, Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha's Vineyard, Napa Valley 1974


u. bn, good appearance

In 2014, I had my greatest bottle of this extraordinary wine, bought when very young and never moved from our own cellar. Excellent level and cork. On this showing, oh, to be 40 again! Deep, dense colour. A bouquet of mint, eucalyptus and transcendental intensity. Cassis, blackberry, liquorice and tar on the palate, like a liqueur sent from the Gods. Far thicker density than any Bordeaux. The taste goes on eternally, with fabulous sweetness and glycerol. Becomes more tarry and less opulent, but more mystic, as it goes down, inexorably, in the glass. Serena Sutcliffe, MW

WA 98

1 bt (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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