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Petrus Tops Johnson Sale as Mouton Featured at Christie’s

A case of Chateau Latour 1996 Bordeaux with a top estimate of 4,400 pounds ($6,800). It is on sale at a Sotheby's auction in London on May 22. Source: Sotheby's via Bloomberg
A case of Chateau Latour 1996 Bordeaux with a top estimate of 4,400 pounds ($6,800). It is on sale at a Sotheby's auction in London on May 22. Source: Sotheby's via Bloomberg

May 13 (Bloomberg) -- Three bottles of Chateau Petrus 2000 Pomerol fetched top price of 6,600 pounds ($10,100) at a sale of U.K. wine writer Hugh Johnson’s private collection at Sworders auction house north of London, according to its website.

A case of Chateau Haut-Brion 1990 sold for 3,900 pounds and 12 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1996 fetched 3,800 pounds at Sworders, based in Stansted Mountfitchet. All three lots were within pre-sale estimates, and the amount sold totaled about 88,000 pounds.

Johnson is the author of an annual pocket guide to wine that has been published since 1977, as well as the World Atlas of Wine. Decanter magazine, to which Johnson contributes, said he was selling the wine because of a move to a smaller house closer to London from his family home of 40 years in Essex.

Tomorrow the auction focus switches to Geneva, where Christie’s International Plc is offering 66 magnums of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild spanning the years from 1945 to 2008, and a further 66 bottles of the same vintages. Each vintage is represented by one magnum and one bottle, with the exception of 1978 and 1993, which have two of each.

The 66 magnums carry a top estimate of 300,000 Swiss francs ($313,000) while the bottles are priced to fetch as much as 150,000 francs, according to Christie’s online catalog.

Later this month eleven lots of 1982 Bordeaux wines, including eight cases of Chateau Latour and three double magnums of Chateau Petrus, are estimated to fetch as much as 12,000 pounds each at a Sotheby’s sale in London.

A single bottle of Romanee-Conti 2005 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundy carries a price tag of as much as 8,000 pounds, while a similar one from 2009 is estimated at as much as 7,500 pounds, according to Sotheby’s online catalog. Eight cases of Latour 1996 are estimated at as much as 4,400 pounds each.

Here is a list of global wine auctions scheduled so far this year. Dates may be subject to revision, and links are to auction house sale catalogs and websites.

May 14/15:       Christie’s, Geneva
May 18:          Bonhams, San Francisco
May 17/18:       Hart Davis Hart, Chicago
May 22:          Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
May 22:          Sotheby’s, London
May 23:          Bonhams, Hong Kong
May 23:          Bonhams, London
May 25:          Christie’s, Hong Kong
May 24/25:       Zachys, Hong Kong
May 30/31:       Christie’s, New York
May 31:          Acker, Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong


June 1:          Acker, Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong
June 6:          Christie’s, London
June 8:          Sotheby’s, New York
June 28:         Christie’s, Paris
June 29:         Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
June 29:         Hart Davis Hart, Chicago


July 11:         Bonhams, London
July 17:         Sotheby’s, London
July 27:         Bonhams, San Francisco


Sept. 7:         Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
Sept. 11:        Sotheby’s, London
Sept. 12:        Christie’s, London
Sept. 12:        Bonhams, London
Sept. 13/14:     Acker Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong
Sept. 14:        Bonhams, San Francisco
Sept. 21:        Hart Davis Hart, Chicago


Oct. 11:         Christie’s, New York
Oct. 23:         Sotheby’s, London
Oct. 24:         Bonhams, London
Oct. 24:         Christie’s, London
Oct. 26:         Hart Davis Hart, Chicago


Nov. 13:         Sotheby’s, London
Nov. 23:         Bonhams, San Francisco


Dec. 7:          Hart Davis Hart, Chicago
Dec. 11:         Sotheby’s, London
Dec. 12:         Bonhams, London

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