The last sale of the year at Tennants Auctioneers was the Fine Wine and Whisky Sale on 14th December, which rounded off a busy year with strong prices for fine wine from some of the top producers.
The top two lots of the sale were 12-bottle cases of Château Lafite Rothschild 2001 Pauillac, the 2001 vintage selling for £5,000 and the 2004 vintage selling for £4,600. Continuing strong prices were also seen for two bottles of Domaine de la Romanée Conti, one of the greatest wine producers in the world; the two bottles of DRC’s 2007 Le Montrachet Grand Cru sold for £3,200 and £3,000. Performing above estimate were three cases of Château Lynch Bages 1996 Pauillac, which sold for £1,200 each against an estimate of £800-1,000, which came from a Private Cellar in North Yorkshire.
With bidders readying the cellar for Christmas, good prices were seen for champagne too, with a bottle of Krug & Co. Champagne Private Cuvée 1961 selling for £850. Further strong lots of champagne included a bottle of Krug Vintage 1973, which sold for £650, and two boxed bottles of Krug 1979 which sold for £600 and £550.
Whisky continues to be in demand, with a bottle of Laphroaig Vintage 1977 Single Islay malt selling for £1,000, and a 10-Year-Old bottle from the same distillery selling for £900. A bottle of Lagavulin 1979 Distiller’s Edition Double Matured Single Islay Malt, which was matured in Pedro Ximinez casks sold for £700, and a bottle of The Macallan 10-Year-Old matured in sherry casks sold for £650.
Also of note was a case of twelve bottles of Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Vintage 1980, which sold above estimate at £3,000.
The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £112,920 for the 375-lot sale, with an 85% sold rate.