Wine, Port & Champagne


Wine, Port & Champagne

01568 611122

Wednesday 3rd October

New sale start time of 11am  

Entries invited

Brightwells’ Summer Wine Auction attracts world-wide interest
Over 800 lots of Fine Wine, Vintage Port and Champagne were offered at Brightwell’s Wine Sale on Wednesday 18th July. UK bidders from around the country were joined by online bidders from the US, Hong Kong, Japan and Scandinavia.

Four major private collections from cellars in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Edinburgh and London formed the centrepiece of the sale. A full saleroom ensured a lively atmosphere; the pre-sale tasting proved as popular as ever with over 40 bottles available to sample on the day.

Over 400 lots of classic Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone Wines came under the hammer. Highlights included a 12 bottle case of Chateau Lynch Bages which sold in bond at £1000 and 6 bottles of Domaine Romanee Conti La Tache which achieved £2500. A mixed case of Rhone Wines containing 4 bottles of Cornas from Marcel Juge attracted bids from around the world, the lot was eventually sold for £1900.

The sale also featured Vintage Champagnes from the great houses of Ruinart, Roederer, Krug and Dom Perignon. The top priced Champagne lot was 4 bottles of Ruinart 1973 which sold at £1000.

The Port section contained a number of iconic vintages: 12 bottles of Fonseca 1980 sold at £500 and 9 bottles of Butler and Nephew 1954 achieved £1080. A case of 12 Cockburns 1970 was also much in demand with the hammer falling at £780.

The Malt Whisky section of the catalogue attracted private collectors, dealers and specialist retailers from all over the country. The top prices paid on the day were for a bottle of Macallan 20 year old single cask (£500) and 2 bottles of Aberlour 1964 (£490 and £510).

In all the Sale total was over £125,000 with a clearance rate of over 80%.

Sale information...

Wine auctions have been held at Brightwells since 2008, the catalogue typically contains 500-600 lots. We sell Wine, Spirits, Port and Champagne on behalf of private individuals, merchants, dealers and shippers.

Brightwells hold Wine auctions four times a year. Wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and Champagne form a large part of each sale, complemented by a fine selection from Spain, Italy and the New World. Vintage Ports are popular with our buyers, as are fine Cognacs and Malt Whisky.

Our fantastic saleroom facilities provide a perfect environment for purchasers to view the sale and attend our tasting days.

The sales attract national and international interest and the catalogue is widely distributed to brokers, dealers, merchants, restaurateurs and avid private collectors.

Our Wine consultant Paddy Shave has more than 25 years’ experience in the Fine Wine Industry. If you would like any further information on purchasing, selling or on how the auction process works, please get in touch.

We value anything from single bottles to entire cellar collections - please call 01531 640592/07974 929487 or email


Purchasing at a Sale...

Buying is easy, we have multiple methods of purchase available. If buyers are not able to attend the auction, they can bid via telephone, leave a commission bid or bid online from anywhere in the world.

Viewing: Monday 8.30am - 5pm and Tuesday 8.30am to 7pm
Wine tasting on selected lots 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday prior to sale and on morning of the auction (selected tasting available).

Buyers Premium 17.5% + VAT


Paddy Shave
Antiques, Fine Art & Wine

Tel: 01568 611122

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9am - 5:30pm