Bonhams offers rare case of wartime wine in eclectic Fine & Rare Wines Sale

Fine & Rare Wine
25 Oct 2012
London, New Bond Street

Bonhams sale of Fine & Rare Wines on 25th October will feature an eclectic selection of wines including a rare case of 1944 Chateau Latour, estimated at £4,000 - 4,800. This exceptional wine would have been harvested as the allies and French resistance battled to liberate Bordeaux from occupation.

The Bordeaux region, under German rule for much of the war, continued to produce wines through the 1940s, culminating in the great victory year vintage of 1945. While odd bottles from these years do appear at auction most wines have been consumed and it is rare to find a complete original case.

The 1944 Chateau Latour offered for sale was bought by the vendor's father and has remained in the family since it was originally purchased. It has been professionally stored and is in excellent condition. The same cellar has also yielded some 1934 Grande Fine Champagne Cognac, bottled by Jermyn Street wine merchants, Christopher's.

Richard Harvey, International Director of Bonhams Wine department commented, "The 1944 Chateau Latour is an extraordinary wine. The combination of its historical significance and the impending 70th anniversary of this vintage will undoubtedly make it much sought -after over the coming year."

Other highlights of the sale include a good selection of classed growth Bordeaux from the 1980s, a case of 1994 Le Pin and a large range of claret from 1997 to 2007 which have been in professional storage since original shipment.

The sale also offers a range of vintage Champagne, including a good parcel of Dom Perignon 1985 as well as exceptional wines from Burgundy, Rhone, Italy and Australia.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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