The Old and the New – Fine Wine and Whisky at Auction

Tennants’ sale of Fine Wine and Whisky on 7th October offers the chance to own fine examples of wine from both the premier vineyards of France, and good bottles from renowned makers in the New World.
Amongst lots from the French greats such as Chateau d’Yquem and Petrus, is a 1996 First Growth Claret Horizontal Tasting comprising of a bottle each of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau Margaux and Cheval Blanc. Estimated at £2,200-2,800, this lot represents an outstanding year in the region.
Wines from notable New World producers are becoming increasingly sought after at auction. Lots of New World wine to watch in this sale include a bottle of 1990 Hill of Grace Shiraz, produced by Henschke, a sixth generation winery situated in South Australia outside Adelaide (estimate £200-400). Also of note is a bottle of 1997 Opus One, produced in the Napa Valley (estimate £180-220); the California winery was established in 1982 as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondari, creating Bordeaux style wine with Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Also included in the sale are two bottles of highly collectable Macallan, which combine history, design and above all excellent whisky. A special edition of 5000 bottles of Macallan were released in 1996 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the satirical magazine Private Eye, from a vatting that included a cask of 1961 Macallan, the year of the magazine’s first publication. The distinctive label was designed by Private Eye illustrator Ralph Steadman. The bottles are entered with an estimate of £1,500-2,000 each.
A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale of Fine Wine & Whisky is available on our website,, leading up to the sale, alternatively, please contact the salerooms for further details.