Romanee-Conti Dominates Top Lots at Hart Wine Auction

Chateau Haut-Brion
Chateau Haut-Brion vineyard in Pessac, near Bordeaux, France. Photographer: Caroline Blumberg/Bloomberg

Burgundy from Romanee-Conti dominated top lots at Hart Davis Hart’s June wine auction in Chicago, with vintages from the 1990s fetching more than $10,000 a bottle. Demand also remained strong for Henri Jayer’s Cros Parantoux.

Seven bottles of Romanee-Conti 1993 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti sold for $71,700, matching estimates, and five bottles of Romanee-Conti 1991 DRC for $59,750, according to an e-mailed statement from Hart. Four-bottle lots of the same producer’s 2004 and 2006 vintages obtained $45,410 each.

While Burgundy has frequently led global auctions in the past couple of years, the two-day sale ended June 27 came amid signs appetite for top Bordeaux is also reviving after prices dropped between 2011 and 2014.

“The auction attracted interest from around the globe, with bidders hailing from 42 U.S. states and four continents,” Hart said. The sale totaled $4.9 million and prices for individual lots included a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.

Other leading lots included nine bottles of Jayer’s Vosne-Romanee 1997 Cros Parantoux, which fetched $38,240, and six bottles of Jayer’s 1996 Cros Parantoux, which sold for $35,850.

Top wines from Bordeaux featured in the sale included nine bottles of 1961 wine from Chateau Haut-Brion, a first-growth estate from the left bank of the Gironde estuary, which fetched $17,925.

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