It’s time to stock up the cellar for Christmas, and Tennants Auctioneers’ Fine Wine and Whisky Sale on 15th December comes just in time. With collectable bottles of whisky and fine rare wines rubbing shoulders with ready to drink cases of wine and mixed lots of spirits, there is something for every palate and pocket!
There are some superb bottles in the spirits section, including a Macallan 25-year Anniversary bottle (estimate: £2,500-5,000 plus buyer’s premium), a Macallan 1973 (estimate £3,000-4,000 plus b.p.) and two bottles of the Macallan 18-year-old (estimate: £1,000-1,500 plus b.p. each). Also of interest to collectors are two bottles of a 1989 private bottling from Oban (estimate: £300-500 plus b.p. each), eight bottles of a private 1979 distillation of Glen Grant (estimate: £500-800 plus b.p. for two bottles) and a Glen Garioch 21 year old (£1,200-1,800 plus b.p).
Bordeaux is strongly represented with outstanding bottles from all the big names, ranging from single bottle lots up to full cases. Highlights included twelve bottles of Chateau Margaux 1990 Margaux (estimate: £6,000-10,000 plus b.p.) and twelve bottles of Chateau Haut Brion 1990 Pessac-Leognan (estimate: £4,000-6,000 plus b.p.).
In 2014 Decanter Magazine recognised Santa Rita’s 1989 Casa Real as one of the best wines in the world, featuring it in its Wine Legends series. It is believed there are only 22 bottles of Casa Real 1989 available world-wide, a vintage that Santa Rita describe as a "wine that holds the magic of time." We have six of those 22 bottles - all in pristine condition (estimate: £800-1,500 plus b.p).
Lovers of sweet wine might want to look out for some bottles from Chateau Bellerive Quarts de Chaume, one of the smallest appelation contrôlée districts in France. Six bottles are being sold with an estimate of £120-150 plus b.p.
Champagne is strongly represented, including a rare Heidsieck & Co Dry Monopole 1945 (estimate: £300-500 plus b.p.) and some excellent vintages from Dom Perignon and Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill (estimate: £150-200 plus b.p.).
A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale of Fine Wine & Whisky will available soon.