Figeac’s auction consignment 100% sold

An ex-cellar consignment of Château Figeac was 100% sold by Christie’s in London last week, realising over £100,000.

Almost 90 lots, dating back to the 1930s and up to 2010, were consigned by the Saint Emilion estate (from stocks held by Octavian in Wiltshire) and raised £102,880 altogether when sold in London on 16 March.

The very first lot offered, a magnum of 1947, went for nearly three times its low estimate (and twice its high estimate), £2,938.

The highest selling lot from the consignment was a Jeroboam of the 1949, which made £8,225, while a full case of the 1966 made £5,640.

Other top lots included three bottles of the 1949, a double-magnum of 1966, six bottles of the 1978 and a Jeroboam of the same.

The oldest offering, a bottle of 1934, went for £940.

Madame de Brier Manoncourt, owner of Figeac, commented: “From the first lot, a magnum of Château-Figeac 1947, which sold for two and a half times it’s low estimate, I felt excited that this would go well. We saw telephone and internet bids coming in from the USA and Asia, alongside Germany, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg and of course the UK and France.

“I find it very touching that so many people have been so interested in these old bottles which have lain untouched in the Figeac reserves. This encourages us greatly for the future. This shows we must stay dynamic in our determination to continue to make great wines which will age beautifully.”

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