Magnificent Private Collection of Mature Bordeaux goes on sale at Sotheby’s London

SOTHEBY’S LONDON 2012 wine season will open on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 with a sale of Finest and Rarest Bordeaux – A Magnificent Private Collection. This single owner collection of Bordeaux spans five decades from 1953 to 1995, and was formed by a private European collector. The focus of the collection is on great vintages from the 1980s and 1990s with over 100 cases from both the iconic 1982 and 1995 vintages. The auction is estimated to bring between £1.4 and £1.8 million, and the 665 lots are comprised of 6,313 bottles, 327 Magnums, 22 Double Magnums, 28 Jeroboams and 15 Imperials.

Serena Sutcliffe MW, Worldwide Head of Wine at Sotheby’s, said: “We are very honoured that we are able to bring to auction this splendid collection, mainly classic Claret going back to 1953, but with a lovely sprinkling of glorious Champagne and Vintage Port to begin, and end, celebration meals. The core of this great sale is the marvellous array of Bordeaux 1982s and comparative tastings of the greatest 1982s are some of the best wine experiences you can have. I had fun constructing my perfect dinner party wines in the run-up to Christmas. By the time this sale takes place in London on 25 January, it would be as stimulating to create ideal dinner scenarios, but this time for Chinese New Year.”

The 1982s are dominated by the First Growths and the Super Seconds, in complete cases and in-depth quantities. A plethora of bottles together with Magnums, Jeroboams and Imperials provides many opportunities to acquire this unique vintage. The great heat in the summer of ’82 created the special character of the year, when perfect ripeness combined with a high yield to provide quality and quantity. The First Growths and their Right Bank equivalents are all outstanding. All five First Growths are represented. 12 bottles of Château Lafite 1982, estimate £22,000-28,000 per lot, are complemented by multiple lots of Château Latour 1982, estimate £14,000-18,000 per 12 bottles and £10,000-13,000 per Imperial, Château Margaux 1982, estimate £7,000-9,000 per 12 bottles, Château Haut Brion 1982, estimate £5,500-6,500 per 12 bottles, and Château Mouton Rothschild 1982, estimate £9,000- 12,000 per 12 bottles. From the Right Bank, a 12 bottle case of Château Pétrus 1982 in original wood is the highest value lot in the sale, with an estimate of £36,000-44,000  – pictured above.