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Friday 31 October 2014

DRC, Pétrus and Port at Sotheby’s sale

20th June, 2014 by Rupert Millar

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Pétrus predictably dominated Sotheby’s latest London sale but vintage Port and 1961 Latour was also “snapped up” by buyers.

auction-hammerThe London sale realised £813,089 and was 93% sold by value and 90% by lot.

As has been the pattern for some months, the high flying domains of DRC and Pétrus dominated the sale with an assorted case of 1999 DRC which sold for £25,850 – a little way under the top estimate of £30,000.

Seven separate lots of Pétrus were dotted around the top lots too with vintages ranging from six 2000 to 1975.

Two six bottle cases of 2000 went for £14,688 apiece and two 12-packs of the 1994 for £13,513 each. A case of six 2005s and three magnums of the 2005 realised £10,575 apiece and a Jeroboam of 1975 made £7,285.

Five bottles of rare 1961 Latour went for £9,400, while a full case of the 2000 was scooped up for £6,815.

Away from the high-rollers, the European head of Sotheby’s Wine Department, Stephen Mould, said that the sale “highlighted the enduring appeal of great Burgundy.

“There were plenty of growers to choose from, led by Domaine Comte Georges de Vogűé, whose 2005 Bonnes Mares achieved £2,820 for six bottles, well over the top estimate of £2,000.”

Furthermore, he added: “Parcels of vintage Port were snapped up, including three cases of Taylor’s 1977 which sold over the high estimate at £705 a case.”

Sotheby’s next sale with a “magnificent” collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy will take place on 16 and 17 July.

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