Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion wine up 15% at Christie's
Six magnums of Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion excelled at Christie's with a 15% increase on estimate
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Friday 11 May 2012
Christie's Fine and Rare Wines auction in London on May 10 saw Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion exceed expectations by 15% and star as top lot of the important sale.
Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion is a Bordeaux from the Pessac-Leogan appellation. The star lot comprised six magnums of the 1961 vintage, supplied in an original wooden case which was provided by the Chateau earlier this year.
The Bordeaux went to auction with a pre-sale estimate of £30,000-40,000, but the popularity of this wine ensured that bids far exceeded this, with a final price of £46,000.
The Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion saw fierce competition from the famed Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, which achieved the second highest bids in the sale. A vertical lot of 1995-2000 vintages brought £40,250, just exceeding the estimate of £30,000-40,000.
Romanée-Conti is widely regarded as the one of the world's finest wines, with the world record standing at HK$2.32m (£185,799) for one case of the coveted 1990 vintage.
Also hailing from the Cotes de Nuit in Burgundy came 12 bottles of the Vosné-Romanée 2001 vintage. This lot brought unexpected results to the auction, shooting past Christie's £18,000-24,000 estimate to achieve an increase of 53.3% with a £36,800 showing.
The sale comes ahead of another Christie's Fine & Rare Wines sale on May 12, featuring the Cellar of the Wild Boar. Paul Fraser Collectibles will be bringing you news from this sale in the next few days, so make sure you check our Wines & Whisky news section regularly.
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