Very Rare Unopened Case of Legendary Latour 1961 at Bonhams London Wine Sale

In the Bordeaux wine region in 1961, late Spring frosts took a heavy toll resulting in a greatly reduced harvest, but a hot summer produced grapes which were wonderfully concentrated and the wines became the stuff of legend – none more so than Château Latour. A rare, previously unopened case of this extraordinary wine leads Bonhams Fine Wine sale in London on Thursday 9 December. It is estimated at £30,000-40,000.

Bonhams Senior International Director of Wine Richard Harvey M.W. said: "Château Latour 1961 attracted the plaudits of wine connoisseurs from the very beginning – it was, for example, one of Michael Broadbent's rare six star wines. It rightly continues to enjoy a stellar reputation and is much sought after. Unopened cases are now extremely scarce."

Other highlights of the sale include:

A Duclot 2010 vintage case of the five First Growths, together with Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, Cheval-Blanc, Pétrus and d'Yquem: estimate £6,000-7,000.

Five vintages of Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage from a private collector, including four bottles of 1978 vintage, estimated at £6,000-7,000 and a dozen 1990 vintage, estimated at £14,000-17,000.

Single bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet 2014 and 2015, each estimated at £5,000-6,000.

As usual in the Christmas Wine sale, there is a good selection of Champagnes including six bottles of Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1996 estimated at £4,500-5,500 and a magnum of Dom Pérignon 1961, disgorged in 1981 to commemorate the marriage of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, with an estimate of £4,500-5,500.

29 November

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