Wine, Port & Champagne 19th February 2020


Wine, Port & Champagne 19th February 2020

01568 611122

Wednesday 19th February at 10am

Entries Closed

Brightwells’ February Wine Auction includes exceptional ‘Surprise Cellar’

A superb private collection of Vintage Wine, Port and Champagne forms the centrepiece of Brightwells’ Wine Sale. The surprising thing is that the lady selling the wines had no idea they were there!

Brightwells’ Head of Wine Sales Paddy Shave was cataloguing the cellars of a property in Surrey and discovered a wine rack hidden under a workbench. ‘Sadly the lady’s husband had passed away some months ago. It was great to be able to give her the good news about these exceptional wines.’ Among the 24 bottles discovered were 5 bottles of Chambertin 1988 from Domaine Ponsot, worth £800 - £1000 each, and 4 bottles of Vintage Krug Champagne from 1982 worth £250 - £350 each.

The sale comprises over 700 lots and features 4 other major private collections of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Vintage Port, Champagne and rare Malt Whisky.

The top lots to be offered on the day are a superb case of Chateau Lafite 1982 (£29,000 - £33,000 in bond) and a case of Chateau Haut Brion 1989 (£19,000 - £22,000 in bond).

The catalogue also features Burgundy from Armand Rousseau, a large collection of Ruinart Champagne and Madeira dating back to 1900.

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 17th February by appointment and Tuesday 18th February 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

For information about buying or selling wines at auction please contact Paddy Shave on 01568 611122 or

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

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 six 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.



Paddy Shave
Antiques, Fine Art & Wine

Tel: 01568 611122

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