The El-Shamy Wine Collection Sale at Tennants Auctioneers on 5th July was a rare thing - a 'white glove' sale in which every single lot sold. One of the most important UK wine sales to be held outside London in recent years, the sale included some of the greatest wines produced over the last four decades.
After competitive bidding from across the globe, the sale was topped by six bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 1990, which sold for £30,000 (plus buyer's premium). Tennants' wine specialist William McNab said of the case: 'Romanée-Conti produce some of the most popular wines in the world, and 1990 was a particularly good year for grape crops leading to a great vintage that will only get better with age'.
From the same domain and vintage came further strong results, with six bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg 1990 selling for £18,000 (plus b.p.), and six bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Echezeaux 1990 selling for £15,000 (plus b.p.).
Also of note in the sale was a 12-bottle case of Chateau Haut Brion 1989 Pessac-Leognan, which sold for £15,000 (plus b.p.). One of the greatest wines in the world, the ’89 Pessac-Leognan was given a perfect 100-point score by the legendary wine critic Robert Parker.
With bottles from Clos de la Roche, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Musigny, Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux and Chateau d’Yquem, a Private Cellar of such quality rarely comes onto the open market, and strong results demonstrate the continuing global trend for investing in the best of the best.
The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £233,240 for the 125-lot sale, with a 100% sold rate.