La Tache ’66 Leads Sotheby’s London Wine Sale With Petrus

A 12-bottle case of La Tache 1966 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundy took the top slot at Sotheby’s in London, fetching 19,975 pounds ($30,080) from a U.S. trade buyer in a Jan. 28 auction.

An 11-bottle lot of the same vineyard and vintage fetched 17,038 pounds, while 11 bottles of the 1966 vintage from neighboring vineyard Grands Echezeaux DRC sold for 12,925 pounds, both to Asian bidders, according to an e-mail from the auction house.

The prices for the wine dating from almost half a century ago come after an increase in Burgundy’s share of auction sales last year, with Domaine de la Romanee-Conti driving demand as interest in Bordeaux vintages fluctuated. The London sale was followed by a Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction Jan. 30, which saw demand for Bordeaux first-growth Chateau Mouton Rothschild, according to a separate statement from the company.

“Cellars of great provenance attracted bidders from Europe, Asia, North and South America,” Stephen Mould, European head of Sotheby’s wine department, said by e-mail. “Bordeaux was in demand throughout the sale.”

A 12-bottle case of Chateau Petrus 1986 Pomerol fetched 10,810 pounds, while 12 bottles of Chateau Haut Brion 1989 sold for 10,340 pounds, according to Sotheby’s. A five-liter jeroboam of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000 sold for 8,460 pounds.

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