Rare DRC Les Gaudichots sold at Sotheby’s

Six bottles of 1926 Vosne-Romanée ‘Les Gaudichots’ from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti have sold for £49,000 at Sotheby’s recent London sale.

Lot 447 Vosne Romanee Les Gaudichots 1926DRC dominated the sale, held on 15 June, with buyers focusing on half cases of 1990 Romanée-Conti, La Tâche and Richebourg.

The sale made £1.1 million in total and was over 90% sold. Stephen Mould, head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe, commented: “We saw excellent results with a collection of first growths and Domaine de la Romanée Conti, and a collection consisting mostly of youthful Claret, both 100% sold.

“A thirst for rare wine was evident throughout the sale, led by six bottles of Vosne Romanée Les Gaudichots 1926 – part of a time capsule of historical wines with impeccable provenance – which soared over estimate.”

The half dozen of ‘Les Gaudichots’ were sold to a US trade buyer for £49,350 (US$70,077). It’s very rare to see DRC premier cru for sale and the domaine folded its Gaudichots plot into La Tâche when it acquired the monopole from the Liger-Belair family in the 1930s so the label no longer ‘exists’ strictly speaking.

Top claret lots at the sale included 1989 Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, 2000 Lafite and 1994 Petrus.

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