Astonishing range of Château Mouton Rothschild from 1955-2008
Bonhams wine sale at New Bond Street on 11 July offers one of the widest and most interesting selections of wine to come to auction this year.
In addition to fine wines from the traditional areas of Bordeaux and Burgundy, the sale includes exceptional finds from Italy, Germany and Australia.
Richard Harvey MW, International Director of Bonhams Wine Department said, "The exciting thing about this sale is the sheer breadth of wine we're able to offer to our collectors. On July 11, I believe we'll be the finest wine shop in London. This is the joy of wine auctions and what makes it such a fascinating business."
A serious private collector in the UK has consigned a tremendous array of wines including six vintages of Château d'Yquem in half bottles – a case of the 2001 vintage is estimated at £1,600-1,900 – and over 20 lots of German wine from leading estates including 12 half bottles of Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Eiswein 2003 estimated at £1,600-2,000. The collection also boasts four vintages of Huet's Vouvray Cuvée Constance with a case of the 1989 carrying an estimate of £1,300-1,500.
The centrepiece of the sale is formed of a wonderful collection from a purpose built cellar in Austria. The collector assembled an astonishing range of 30 vintages of Château Mouton Rothschild from 1955-2008 all of which appear in the sale – a case of the 2005 vintage, for example, is priced at £3,200-4,000.
From a Belgian cellar comes a wonderful array of Italian wines from top producers such as Gaja, Bruno Giacosa, La Spinetta, Romano dal Forno, Case Basse and Sassicaia. A case of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1991 from Case Basse is estimated at £1,700 – 2,000.
The usual top performers of the wine world also feature heavily with the two tops lots again made up of Romanée Conti. Three bottles of the 1999 (one lot) are estimated at £22,000-28,000 and three bottles of the 1989 (one lot) at £15,000-18,000.
A distinguished College is offering a further selection from its cellars, including magnums of Paul Jaboulet's Hermitage La Chapelle 1978, in addition to other fine Rhone wines as well as the traditional high table staples of Claret and Burgundy. Interesting addition are bottles of Huet's 1949 Vouvray demi-sec, Le Haut-Lieu.
Finally, a private German collection of vintage Port includes case lots of Dow 1977, 1994 and 1997 and Taylor 1977 and the sale concludes with old bottlings of rare Cognac.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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 www.bonhams.com