1988 DRC La Tache leads Sworders wine auction at $11,500

DRC's La Tache dominated sales at Sworders' largest ever wine auction, with nine bottles of the 1988 leading the UK sale on July 23.

1988 La Tache DRC
La Tache 1988 was given a score of 88 in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The nine bottles sold for £7,500 ($11,520), heading a strong selection from the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti favourite.

Also selling well were a further nine bottles of the 1981 vintage from La Tache, which realised a final price of £4,300 ($6,605).

The third highest bids of the sale were provided by 10 magnums of the 2002 Montrachet Grand Cru, which sold for £4,200 ($6,451). Montrachet is a white wine made from Chardonnay grapes in the Cote de Beaune region of Burgundy.

Montrachet is overseen by Maison Louis Latour, which owns the largest Grand Cru property in the Cote d'Or.

Also putting in a strong performance were 10 "immaculate" bottles of the 1986 Penfolds Grange Bin 95, which made £3,100 ($4,761).

"Penfolds was the first Australian winery to produce recognised fine wine and its appeal spans from Europe to China," commented Sworders' George Schooling prior to the sale.

That appeal is certainly apparent in China, where its sweet taste and strong investment potential attracts wealthy investors looking towards wines outside of Burgundy and Bordeaux.

Finally, a 12-bottle case of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, a Bordeaux wine from the Pessac-Leognan appellation, sold for £3,000 ($4,608).

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