Over 1100 lots come under the ‘online hammer’.

A superb selection of Wine, Port, Champagne and Whisky proved very popular with buyers at Brightwells’ latest auction. The sale had a clearance rate of over 96% and strong prices across the board as over 220 buyers from 11 countries registered to bid online.

The Bordeaux section featured a fantastic private collection of investible wines stored under bond by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Gems such as 12 x Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2010 (£8,712) and 12 Mouton Rothschild 1985 (£4901) saw competitive bidding from merchants and collectors alike.

The section also included 150 lots of everyday claret that had been destined for London restaurants. Bidders with a keen eye for a bargain were able to snap these wines up for as little as £100 per dozen.


The great names of Burgundy, Rhone and Alsace were all well represented with a bottle of Romanee Conti La Tache 1971 selling at £1271 and 2 bottles of Rayas Chateau de Fonsalette 1986 achieving £756. The White Bordeaux section featured 2 cases of Chateau d’Yquem 1988 which sold for £3086 apiece.

Selected properties from the New World offer investment potential, with established icons such as Penfold’s Grange and the Mondavi/Rothschild Opus One setting pulses racing.

An extensive Champagne section was dominated by Dom Perignon, Roederer Cristal and Krug with the top price of the day belonging to a magnum of Dom Perignon Oenotheque (£3,933). Over 140 lots of Vintage Port were offered, including a superb collection of from a Welsh country home. The collection of over 400 bottles included Fonseca 1955, Dow 1963, Graham 1966 and Taylor’s 1970.

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Whiskies and Cognacs are becoming increasingly sought after for investment; a bottle of Brora 1972 from the Rare Malt series sold for £7,260 and a Scotch Malt Whisky Society Springbank 1964 saw the hammer fall at £5143. A parcel of vintage Cognac from the great houses of Hine, Delamain and Remy Martin proved popular with both collectors and private buyers.

Brightwells are now inviting entries for their Wine Sale on 27th April. For information about buying or selling wine at auction please contact Paddy Shave on 01568 619719 or paddy.shave@brightwells.com

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