Domaine De La Romanee-Conti leads Bonhams December bicoastal wines sale

Fine & Rare Wines
8 Dec 2012
San Francisco

San Francisco — The December 8 Fine and Rare Wines auction at Bonhams in San Francisco, simulcast in New York and Los Angeles, brought a successful result of $1.35 million. The top lot of the auction was an assortment case of 1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which sold for $41,650, at the high-end of its $35,000-$42,000 pre-sale estimate.

The leading lot and many other strong sales of the auction came from the impressive cellar of a Southern California collector, which featured rare Burgundies and Bordeaux from notable 20th century vintages. Highlights from this collection included a case of 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild, sold for $35,700, exceeding its estimate of $25,000-35,000; seven bottles of 1959 Comte de Vogüé Musigny, Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, sold for $16,660; two separate 12-bottle lots of 1979 Château Pétrus, sold for $13,090 each; and two separate 12-bottle lots of 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild, sold for $11,900 and $11,305, respectively.

Also of note in the sale were highlights from the Collection of the late Margie and Robert E. Petersen. Mr. Petersen was the founder of the Petersen Publishing Company. Highlights from the collection included a rare magnum of 1996 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, sold for $4,760 (est. $4,500-$5,500) and five bottles of 1994 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1994, sold for $4,046 (est. $3,200-4,200).

A vertical collection of Shafer "Hillside Select" Cabernet Sauvignon, comprised of a six-bottle case of each vintage from 1997 to 2007 (66 bottles total, est. $14,000-$19,000), also sold well in the sale, bringing $16,660.

Rounding out the auction were such highlights as a six-bottle lot of 1989 Château Pétrus, sold for $17,850 (est. $14,000-19,000) and a six-bottle lot of 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild, sold for $15,470 (est. $12,000-17,000).


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