June 2024 Fine & Rare Wine Auction Results

Bordeaux, Champagne and Penfolds and more. Jeremy Lee takes us through the auction highlights.

June 2024 Fine & Rare Wine Auction Results

*Aftersales Update*

Fine and Rare Clarets were unquestionably, the most eagerly pursued bottles in our aftersales process.  One bidder picked up a 300cl double-magnum of 2007 La Lagune for its original £200 reserve, which seemed like a good buy for an 1855 Third Growth only just entering its plateau of maturity in regular 75cl format – this one should still be providing enjoyment for two or three decades to come.

One winning bidder hooked in to a pair of historic vintages of the most long-lived of all Bordeaux Cabernets in the form of 1936 Latour and 1937 Latour, both of which achieved £450, and will make for a fascinating pre-war comparison. Fellow First Growth Lafite 1961, meanwhile, hit £850 the product of one of the most iconic of harvests, while 2007 Pétrus was settled for a bid of £1900 giving us our second top-three appearance in our June auction from Pomerol’s most coveted Merlot.

Lastly, the port was not passed on….at least in terms of aftersales. One bidder added a case of 1966 Dow’s to his order for £800. As the great Robert Parker noted, ‘it would be hard to find a better port from that year.’ And what a treat to have twelve opportunities to drink such a classic as it edges ever-closer toward its 60th birthday.

The June Fine & Rare Wine Auction saw competitive bidding on wines from the most prestigious producers. Here’s a look at just some of the stand out lots that were up for grabs in our June Fine & Rare Wine Auction results.

Spain and Portugal

Wine from Spain and Portugal

We had a great start to our June wine auction with two single bottle lots of 2011 Barca Velha produced by Casa Ferreirinha from the Douro Valley each fetching £290. This was the first-ever appearance at Whisky.Auction of Portugal’s most celebrated wine, with only 30,396 bottles produced in the 2011 vintage. Across the border, five bottles of 2012 Pintia from the Toro DOC, from the fabled Vega Sicilia stable provided our top lot from Spain. The local strain of Tempranillo, known as Tinta de Toro, and harvested from 100 hectares of largely ungrafted 40 to 60 year old vineyards makes for gloriously perfumed, decadent drinking and this lot topped out at £310.

Burgundy

Great White Burgundy provided some wonderful high-notes from France, with a pair of vintages from the legend that is Jean-François Coche-Dury, hitting £650 for his 2007 Meursault and £500 for the 2005. Not bad for ‘only’ the village wine from a man who took over the domain in 1972 and retired in 2010 making wine from just a shade over 10 hectares of vines.  Domaines Leflaive and Ramonet provided other top-flight Puligny-Montrachet action, but for me it was a magnum of 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos from William Fevre from just over 4 hectares of vineyards (from the most vaunted of the Chablis Grand Cru climats) that left me jealous. It hit £160.

Burgundy

 

Our top Red Burgundy was a 1969 La Tâche from the Domaine De La Romanée-Conti. With a mid-shoulder fill-level, it was imported by defunct Cheshire-based UK wine merchant Whitwhams and achieved £550.  A six bottle of 2003 Corton-Pougets Grand Cru from Louis Jadot’s 3 hectares in their original wooden box, meanwhile, fetched £240, and promised some fantastic drinking despite the condition of the undeniably ‘well-cellared’ labels.

New World Wines

 

Penfold

The Southern hemisphere was well-represented in our June auction with the Australian Institution that is Penfolds yielding up some of our most highly-prized lots. A five-bottle lot of 1997 Penfolds Grange in their original wooden case fetched £975, with a single bottle of the iconic 1998 fetching £310, and a quartet of 1999s fetching between £210 to £230 a bottle. One eagle-eyed Aussie wine collector, however, picked up a comparative snip when the hammer fell at £190 for a bottle of 2004 Penfolds Bin 60A Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz from Penfolds ‘Special Bin’ series. This is shaping up to be a worthy successor of the 1962 60A, regularly cited as ‘Australia’s greatest ever red wine’ by those in the know, and could prove auction gold by mid-century.

Other New World excitement came from South America, with a truly rare opportunity to buy three complete case lots of mature 1987 Don Melchor Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the flagship wine from Concha y Toro. These came from the temperature-controlled cellar of the original UK importer of Concha y Toro wines, who was active in the trade until the early 1990s, and each fetched between  £450 to £500.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

As is often the case, Bordeaux provided us with our star bottle – and what a bottle it was! A gorgeously-preserved bottle of 1961 Pétrus hit £4100. As per Mr. Parker’s gushing note: ‘this fully mature wine possesses a port-like richness (reminiscent of the 1947 Petrus and 1947 Cheval Blanc). 100 points’. Say no more. Six-bottle lots of 2017 Lafite and 2017 Mouton Rothschild hit £2400 and £1750 respectively, making for quite the comparison.

Champagne

And what about the fizz? Our top Champagne lot was – of course – a 300cl jeroboam of 2000 Dom Pérignon which fetched £1100, providing the winning bidder with arguably the perfect barbecue aperitif.

Fortified & Dessert

Fortified & Dessert wines always give much joy (and sometimes crazy bargains) to the knowledgeable drinker, and though we had some luscious Yquems, the night belonged to top-tier Port shipper Warre’s, with twelve bottle lots of their 1963 and 1966 Vintage in their original wooden cases finishing neck and neck on £600 (with OWC 1977 and 1983 dozens from the same shipper not far behind).

The Gerard Basset Foundation English Wine Auction

Artelium Wine Tour

Lastly in our June Fine & Rare Wine Auction results, we would be remiss not to mention the 24 lots generously donated by English wineries in aid of the Gerard Basset Foundation. With traditional-method English sparkling wines garnering international acclaim and plaudits, as vineyards mature and winemaking know-how comes into its own, this was a wonderful opportunity for bidders to both stock-up on rare, mature cuvées and large formats, and to take bespoke tours in style at many of England’s most celebrated estates, hosted by the winemakers and proprietors. It was great to see last-minute competition seeing the hammer hit £525 for an experience for six people at the Artelium winery in Sussex comprising of a Private Tour with 5-Course Supper. Chin-chin!

See the full auction results here.

See our past auction roundups here.