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Fine Wine & Whisky Sale: Preview 26 September 2020

24th August 2020.


A strong offering of wine in the sale is led by a fantastic selection of reds from Bordeaux, including bottles from the Estate of Masha, Lady Bolton of Arklow Hill, Thornton Steward, and a Good Private Cellar in North Yorkshire.  The Bordeaux region in South West France is famed for its robust red wines and produces some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world.

The sale offers good bottles from some of the most prized vineyards in Bordeaux. Lots to watch include eleven bottles of Grand Vin De Château Latour 1996 Pauillac, which is estimated at £4,500-5,500 (all estimates exclude buyer’s premium). Eleven bottles of Château Mouton Rothschild 1996 Pauillac are offered at £3,500-4,500, ten bottles of Château Léoville Barton 1982 Saint-Julien at £1,200-1,800 and twelve bottles of Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2000 Pressac-Léognon at £800-1,200.

Also of note are good reds from Burgundy, which include twelve bottles of Domaine Joseph Faiveley, Mazis -Chambertin 1999 (estimate: £1,800-2,200), and one bottle of Clos De La Roche 2001 Vieilles Vignes Domain Ponsot (estimate: £200-300).


A good selection of bottles are on offer from every Whisky region in Scotland, with an interesting mix of rare collectable bottles and affordable lots to drink.

Macallan continues to dominate the market, and the top bottles of whisky in the sale hail from the renowned highland distillery. On the top shelf is The Macallan 30 Years Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky (estimate: £5,500-6,500), and The Macallan 25 Years Old Anniversary Malt (estimate: £2,000-3,000). A rare bottle, the Anniversary Malt was a special bottling in 1985, marrying two sherry matured casks of single malt whisky which were distilled in 1958 and 1959.

Good age statements to look out for include the Tomatin 36 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky; distilled in small batches in the Highland distillery south of Inverness, this bottle is number 14 of 800 in Batch 3 (estimate: £500-700). A Littlemill 1983 20 Year Old Single Lowland Malt Whisky, bottled by Direct Wines Ltd for their First Cask range (estimate: £200-400) is also of note, as is a 1980s bottling of Glenfarclas 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (estimate: £400-600). Also of note to collectors is a bottle of Cambus 25 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky (estimate: £120-180). Cambus was a distillery perched on the border between the Highland and Lowland regions, which closed in 1993; this is an independent bottling by That Boutique-Y Whisky Company and is number 280 of 349 bottles.


The sale is rounded out with a good selection of champagne, notable amongst them two half-cases of Deutz Champagne 2011 Blanc de Blancs (estimate: £300-500 each), one bottle of Möet and Chandon Dom Pérignon 1975 (estimate: £120-180) and a bottle of Louis Roederer 1996 Cristal (estimate: £200-300).

Ports are well represented by the likes of six bottles of Quinta do Vesuvio 1998 Vintage Port (estimate: £150-250), and twelve bottles of Fonseca Finest 1977 Vintage Port (estimate: £1,000-1,500). A selection of spirits include good Cognacs, such as the Remy Martin Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac (estimate: £800-1,200), and the Martell XO Supreme Cognac (estimate: £200-300).


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