Sotheby’s celebrates results from ‘immaculate’ collection

An “immaculate” collection of fine wines beat its pre-sale high estimates when offered in London this week Sotheby’s has reported.

auction-hammerThe sale realised £897,300 (US$1.1 million) in total with buyers swooping on a range of wines that spanned French and Italian classics to blockbuster Californian wines.

Mixed cases of 1990 and 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti led the sale with the 11 bottles of 1990 making £28,200.

Buyers also drove up the prices for six bottles of 2010 Le Pin (£15,275), Petrus 2012 and 2013 (the latter in three magnums made £7,990), 2000 and 2003 Latour and a full case of Armand Rousseau’s 2004 Chambertin Clos de Bèze (£6,815).

Stephen Mould, head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe, commented: “Great châteaux from outstanding vintages including 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 were fiercely fought over. Elsewhere, red Burgundy from Domaine de Romanée Conti, Armand Rousseau, Dugat-Py, and de Vogüé was in high demand, while collectors pursued white Burgundy from Domaine Leflaive and other growers with equal passion.

“We saw buyers from the UK, Continental Europe and the Americas, as well as Asia, where collectors snapped up almost a third of the lots. We look forward to our final sale of the season in London on 14 December.”

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