Wine, Port, Champagne & Whisky


Wine, Port, Champagne & Whisky

01568 611122

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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. Paddy Shave: 07974 929487 or

Brightwells’ February Sale attracts worldwide interest
Rare Wine sells for £8,000 

A magnum of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947, one of the finest and rarest wines in the world, sold for £8,000 at Brightwells’ recent auction of Wine, Port, Champagne and Whisky. The sale attracted a record number of bidders from Hong Kong, the US and Scandinavia as well as all around the UK and Ireland.

The auction took place on 20th February at the Leominster Saleroom and featured over 640 lots.
Over 170 lots of Claret were offered. While the Cheval Blanc 1947 was the undoubted star of the show other highlights included a rare bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1918 (£1,200) and 4 bottles of Chateau Lafite 1982 (£3,200).

The areas of Rhone and Burgundy were also well represented, the top priced Burgundy on the day was 12 bottles of Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2003 (£2,700 under bond).

The Port and Champagne Section yielded some excellent results: a parcel of 36 bottles of Fonseca Port from 1934 and 1955 netted over £11,000 and 15 bottles of Pol Roger 1964 inspired bidders to part with over £3,700.
An excellent selection of Malt Whisky, including rarities from Japan and the Scottish Isles proved popular with buyers. Whiskies from the Macallan Distillery continue to attract strong prices, an 18 year old from 1983 surpassed expectations as the hammer fell at £1,450.

Brightwells’ Head of Wine Sales Paddy Shave was very pleased with the results on the day. ‘It was great to see so much excitement in the room. The quality and range on offer created a real buzz’.

Our Auctions

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.

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

We value anything from single bottles to entire cellar collections - please call 01568 611122/07974 929487 or email


Paddy Shave
Antiques, Fine Art & Wine

Tel: 01568 611122

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