22 Jun 2012
Eclectic Fine Wine sale includes bottles of 1952 Pol Roger Champagne
Bonhams Fine & Rare wine sale on 5th July at New Bond Street will include several wines from important years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Two bottles of Pol Roger Champagne 1952, the year of her coronation, will go under the hammer, along with a bottle of Pol Roger 1973, altogether estimated at £1,100 - 1,300. The two fine bottles from 1952 were carefully selected to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee and are labelled as Special Reserve for the Silver Jubilee of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in 1977.
Other fine wines ready to drink to celebrate the Queen's reign include five cases of 1952 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (estimated at £1200 - 1400 per dozen) and Port from the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 - six magnums of Warre, estimated at £440 - 520 and a dozen bottles of Graham (estimate £400 - 480).
Further highlights from the sale include several lots from a range of private sellers and country estates. A dozen bottles of Romanee Conti 1985, one of the finest of wines of Burgundy are offered by a London collector at £80,000 - 100,000, as well as two cases of the 1988 vintage (£60,000 - 80,000) and six bottles of 1993 (£28,000 - 34,000). Other exquisite wines from private cellars include three bottles of Krug 1959 Champagne (£1,200 - 1,500), six bottles of Chateau Latour 1961, estimated at £1,600 - 2,000 each, two magnums of Quinta do Noval 1927 Port (£500 - 600 each), four bottles of Graham 1935 Port (£1,200 - 1,400) and six bottles of Graham 1945 (£1,700 - 2,200).
Two major country estates are offering a good selection of fine wines in the sale. A rare bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1907, estimated at £1,000 - 1,300, is offered from Stobhall Castle, one of the ancestral seats of the Drummond family and, until recently, the home of Viscount Strathallan, heir to the Earldom of Perth. The contents of Stobhall castle were recently sold by Bonhams in a sale in April. Various vintages of single vineyard Côte-Rôtie from Guigal have also emerged from an Irish country house, with the top lot, three bottles of Côte-Rôtie, La Mouline 1978, estimated at £4,600 - 5,200.
A Belgian cellar has produced a fine range of Bordeaux including four cases of Chateau Angelus 1989 (£2,400 - 3,000 per dozen) and three cases of the 1990 vintage (£3,000 - 3,600 as well as two and a half cases of Cheval Blanc 1990 (£6,000 - 7,000). A wide range of good value Claret from 1997 to 2005 and white Burgundy from top Domaines, such as Comtes Lafon and Roulot, are offered straight from the Bonded warehouse to which they were originally shipped.
France is not the only country represented in the sale. Two lots come from the Massandra winery in Crimea - a dozen bottles each of Ayu-Dag Kagor 1939 and Ai-Danil Pinto Gris 1940, both estimated at £850 - 1,000 and Italian wines are also well represented with six bottles of Masseto 1995 (£1,600 - 2,000) and a dozen bottles of Gaja's Langhe, Costa Russi 1998 (£1,100 - 1,400).
Richard Harvey, International Director of Bonhams Wine department said "Our July sale includes a really varied mix of wines, many from important private collectors. It is particularly exciting to see a wide selection of mature Claret, Rhone, Burgundy and Port come to the market as well as rarities such as wines from the Crimea. In the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee it is especially exciting to be offering some Champagne from the year of her coronation."