Report on End-of-Year Auction & Announcing Next Online Auction Starting Dec 28

Last Tuesday’s End-of-Year Rare and Fine Live auction followed by its Buy Now sale wrapped up the year beautifully. Thanks to our lively wine community and long-time supporters who artfully navigated the live auction and helped us achieve another great sale.

Bordeaux once again led the show with 2006 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1er Cru Classe Jeroboam taking the highest hammer at $4465. 1995 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1er Cru Classe came second in this regional category at $1351.25, followed by 2010 Chateau Angelus at $916.50. 2001 Chateau Pavie sold for $423, 2009 Les Forts de Latour got snapped at $411.25, 2010 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe reached $376 while 2010 Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron de Pichon Longueville 2eme Cru Classe sold for $317.25. Within the New Zealand Bordeaux blends, 2007 Destiny Bay Magna Praemia from Waiheke Island scored $376.

Onto Burgundy, 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru came top at $2996.25. 2010 Domaine Taupenot Merme Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru sold for $411.25, followed by 2014 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet at $376.

On a bubbly note, 2007 Salon Cuvee ‘S’ Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut scored $1821.25, followed by 2002 Krug Vintage Brut at $1175 and its 1990 vintage at $1034. 1988 Dom Perignon Oenotheque Brut Millesime closely followed at $1010.50. 2000 Dom Perignon P2 Plenitude Brut sold for $658 while 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc got snapped at $352.50.

Some other highlights from France including 1988 Chateau d’Yquem sold for $893 and 2005 E. Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie got snapped at $822.50, great buys!

Italy has been the fastest-growing country of origin in our auctions in the past two years. Last week, 2002 Masseto Tenuta dell’Ornellaia scored $1410 with its 2007 vintage selling for $1175. 2003 Antinori Tignanello magnum reached $705 while 2007 & 2008 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia sold for $399.50 and $376 respectively.

Iberian Peninsula performed well too, with legendary 2003 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional scoring $1539.25, followed by 1994 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Unico Gran Reserva at $1057.50. 2005 Bodega Numanthia Termanthia sold for $352.50.

No great Australasian auction is complete without Penfolds. 1996 Penfolds Kalimna Block 42 sold for $705, while 2002, 1996, and 2010 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 sold for the same price. 2004 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 followed at $681.50, and its 2005 vintage sold for $646.25.

All prices include Buyers Premium but exclude GST.

Our sincere thanks again to everyone who participated in this Live auction either in saleroom physically or via online and phone bids. Please feel free to give us feedback if there’s anything we could do to make it an even better experience for you.

Our next auction will be an online sale from 12pm, Wed Dec 28 to 7pm, Sun Jan 15.

We are often asked what wines we enjoy… we simply point to The Wine Retail Room.  Whilst our range is small, it is stuffed with wines with a story to tell.  Our retail store continues to be available for Christmas stocking fillers – be sure to place your orders before December 19 if you’re out of town as we anticipate courier networks will be jammed. Local pickups will be available until Friday 23 December.