San Francisco—Cases of both 1961 and 1989 Château Haut-Brion led the $780,039 Fine and Rare Wines auction, May 18 at Bonhams in San Francisco, simulcast in Los Angeles and New York. Each of the lots of Château Haut-Brion exceeded their high estimates, with the 1961 bringing $18,445 and the 1989 bringing $14,280.
The 599-lot auction went on to feature many more notable Bordeaux, including a case of 1989 Château La Mission Haut-Brion that brought $10,115; a case of 1986 Château Lafite Rothschild that brought $10,710; an eight-bottle lot of 1961 Château Mouton Rothschild that brought $9,520; and three separate cases of 1990 Château Margaux that brought $9,520, $8,925 and $8,925, respectively.
Also of note, from the sale's selection of Burgundies, was a 1990 bottle of Romanee-Conti, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, which brought $14,280, and from offerings of Rhone wines, a mixed lot of 1999 Cote-Rotie from E. Guigal, comprising eight bottles of La Landonne, eight bottles of La Mouline and two bottles of La Turque, brought $8,925.
The next Fine and Rare Wines auction at Bonhams in the U.S. will take place July 27 in San Francisco, simulcast in New York and Los Angeles. The illustrated auction catalog for the sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at bonhams.com. For more information about the department, please visit www.bonhams.com/departments/WIN/.
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