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Preview: Fine Wine & Whisky Timed Online Sale

22nd March 2024.

A host of rare bottles of wine, spirits and whisky will be offered in a timed online sale at Tennants Auctioneers, which will be open for bidding from 8th to 21st April. Leading the Whisky in the sale is a bottle of Tomatin 1977 36 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (estimate: £1,500-2,000 all figures exclude buyer’s premium). The bottle, which is in its original wooden presentation case, is from a small batch release. Also of note is a bottle of Midleton 1984 Very Rare Irish Whiskey (estimate: £700-1,000), a bottle of Macallan Ruby Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (estimate: £400-600), and a bottle of Benromach Heritage 35 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky in original presentation box (estimate: £300-400).

The most intriguing lot in the sale is a bottle of Grand Cognac 1811 Fine Napoleon (estimate: £1,000-1,500). 1811 was a legendary year for winemaking in Western Europe, being reputedly the best vintage of the 19th century. Twinned with perfect growing conditions was the appearance of ‘The Great Comet’ in the skies – comets having long been associated with excelling vintages. It was in 1811, too, that Napoleon visited the town of Cognac, where he was given a barrel of the legendary vintage; following this many cognacs made in 1811 were later labelled as ‘Napoleon Cognac’. Little is known about the history of this particular bottle, including the producer, other than it has descended in the vendor’s family. Also of interest is a bottle of Kweichow Moutai 2005 (estimate: £300-500). Maotai is known as the ‘National Liquor’ of China, and the clear grain-based spirit is made in Maotai Town. One of the oldest bottles in the sale is a Chateau d’Yquem 1942, Lur Saluces, which is sold with provenance from Dutton Manor, Lancashire, and offered with an estimate of £600-800.

Amongst the Fine Wines in the sale are three bottles of Domaine Armand Rousseau, Ruchottes-Chambertin, Clos des Ruchottes 2006 (estimate: £1,000-1,500), a bottle of Domaine Armand Rousseau, Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos St. Jacques 2004 (estimate: £600-800), and a bottle of Domaine Leflaive 2006 Puligny-Montrachet sold together with a bottle of Domaine Leflaive 2006 Puligny-Montrachet “Clavoillon” (estimate: £300-500).


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