Romanee Conti Among Top Lots at Sotheby’s Wine Sale With Moutonby
Montrachet 1995 is among rarer Burgundy bottles on offer
London auction will feature Bordeaux vintages back to 1928
Six bottles of Romanee Conti 1993 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Burgundy may fetch as much as 50,000 pounds ($62,860) at a Sotheby’s wine sale in London Dec. 14, while 12 bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000 Bordeaux could attract bids of up to 16,000 pounds, according to the auction house.
The sale in the run-up to the festive season also features six bottles of white Montrachet 1995 DRC from the Burgundy grand cru vineyard on the Cote de Beaune priced at up to 18,000 pounds, while Bordeaux offerings include five bottles of Petrus 1989 Pomerol at up to 13,000 pounds and three 12-bottle cases of Chateau Margaux 1982 at up to 6,500 pounds each.
While top Burgundy wines have underpinned the market for historic vintages as collectors seek out rare bottles from the region, there has been a revival in demand for Bordeaux following price declines since 2011. Burgundy vineyards are much smaller than their Bordeaux counterparts, making older wines harder to find and driving up prices.
“Domaine de la Romanee Conti features strongly in this sale” Sotheby’s said in an e-mailed statement. Bordeaux on offer includes “first growths from all the landmark vintages from 1982 to 2000, including full cases of Lafite 1990 and Latour, Margaux and Mouton 2000,” it said.
A single bottle of Chateau Latour 1961 carries a top estimate of 2,600 pounds while a bottle of Mouton from 1928 is priced at up to 2,000 pounds, according to the catalog. Four bottles of Chateau Ausone 1945 may fetch as much as 3,000 pounds.
Italian Barolos from the late 1980s and 1990s include three bottles of Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1985 with an upper estimate of 2,400 pounds.