A wonderfully eclectic range of wines was offered at Bonhams sale of Fine & Rare Wines in London yesterday.
A fine collection of Italian wines saw 3 bottles of Amarone Classico 1990 from Giuseppe Quintarelli sell for £943 (estimate £600-700) with 6 bottles of 1997 Amarone from Romano dal Forno making £1725 (estimate £1200-1400). A case of Barolo Cascina Francia 1990 from Giacomo Conterno achieved £2530 (estimate £2400-3000), with a dozen Sassicia 2002 hitting £1012 (estimate £600-700) and 6 bottles of Case Basse Brunello di Montalcino 1990 making £690 (estimate £480-580).
Vintage Champagne was highly sought after with a magnum of 1952 Krug Collection selling for £1610 (estimate £600-700) and 11 bottles of 1966 making £1725 (estimate £1400-1600).
Port appears to have come back into fashion with buyers chasing mature vintages; a bottle of 1917 Sandeman sold for £667 with another bottle (estimate £300-360) and 11 bottles of 1963 Dow made £943 (estimate £520-620).
Cognac, both vintage and special bottlings, have been exceeding estimates for some months. A bottle of 1811 Bisquit-Debouche 1811 made £1495 (estimate £1000-1300) with a Reserve du Chateau de Chasseneuil 1893 going for £943 (estimate £400-500. Two bottles of a special limited edition of Richard Hennessy Sir Garfield Sobers Private Collection in a Baccarat decanter both went for £1265 (estimate £400-480) and five decanters of Courvoisier Erte selling for £1380 (estimate £750-850).
Burgundy was well represented with a bottle of Henri Jayer's 1976 Echezeaux making £1840 (estimate £1000-1200) and a bottle of Romanee-Conti 1992 going for £5290 (estimate £4400-5000). Two cases of 1973 and 1974 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti assortments made £10,580 and £10,925 respectively (estimate £9000-1200).
Bordeaux remains the mainstay of most auction sales and mature vintages sold very well. A bottle of Chateau Latour 1945 went for £1610 (estimate £1200-1600) with a bottle of the 1961 vintage making £1955 (estimate £1500-1800) and a case of the 1982 reaching £13,800 (estimate £12000-15000). Despite the reported fall in prices of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, we still achieved £2990 for single bottles of the 1982 vintage (estimate £2000-2400). Mature vintages of Chateau d'Yquem attracted interest with a bottle of the 1945 vintage making £1012 (estimate £700-800) and the 1967 vintage £747 (estimate £500-600).
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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