700 lots to be offered in time for festive period

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Wine, Port, Champagne & Whisky 6th Dec Sale

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700 lots to be offered in time for festive period

Bumper Christmas offering of Fine Wine, Vintage Port and Rare Malt Whisky at Brightwells

Several major private wine and spirit collections will come under the hammer at Brightwells’ Leominster Saleroom on December 6th. The auction will commence at the new start time of 11am.

In all over 700 lots will be offered, the sale is expected to attract brokers, merchants, restaurateurs and private collectors from around the country.

Viewing is from 9am to 5pm on Monday 4th, 9am to 7pm on Tuesday 5th and on the morning of the sale. Selected items will be available to taste from 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday 5th.

Over 200 lots of fine French wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley are complemented by top drawer vintages from Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.

Highlights from the Bordeaux section include 3 cases of Chateau Beychevelle 2006 valued at £600 - £800 each and 8 bottles of Chateau Haut Brion 1985 valued at £1500 - £1900.

Chefs often recommend ‘Burgundy with The Bird’ on Christmas day and for something really special three 12 bottle cases will be offered from the iconic vineyards of Domaine de la Romanee Conti: The cases are all from the much heralded 1969 vintage and comprise 12 bottles each of Echezaux (£4000 - £6000), Richebourg(£6000 - £8000) and La Tache (£20,000 - £26,000).

As the nights get colder and darker many people look forward to a glass of Vintage Port at the end of a meal, a perfect accompaniment to a slice or two of cheese by a roaring fire. Over 60 lots of Port will be offered, with the great vintages of 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970 and 1977 all very well represented. Highlights include 12 bottles of Taylor’s 1977 (£600 - £800) and 4 rare individual bottles of Taylor’s 1927 (£800 - £1100 each

For those looking for more reasonably priced festive fare there is an excellent selection of fine French, Italian and New World wines with guide prices of around £100. For Claret lovers 7 cases of Chateau Haut Villars Fronsac 1996 will be offered at £100 - £140 per dozen botles and a good selection of White Burgundy features wines from Macon, Chablis and Meursault. Fans of Italian sparkling wines will be well served with a number of cases of Gemin Spumante, a real gem from Northern Italy being offered at £60 - £80 per dozen bottles. This wine will be available for tasting.

The popularity of rare malt whisky shows no sign of abating and over 150 rare bottles are set to come under the hammer. Collections from the ‘Rare Malts’, ‘First Cask’ and Scotch Malt Whisky Society will all be offered, many from distilleries that have since closed down. A 25 year old anniversary bottling of Macallan from the late 1950s will be sold with a guide of £2000 - £2600 and a rare bottle of Bowmore 1971 vintage 21 year old will be offered at £1000 - £1400.

In all over 700 lots will be offered. Brightwells’ Head of Wine Sales Paddy Shave is delighted with the range of Wines, Port and Spirits on offer: “I think this sale will be popular with collectors, investors, trade buyers and restaurateurs. It’s also perfect for buyers looking for a few special bottles to serve over the Christmas period”.

Buyers are able to bid live in the saleroom, by telephone, commission or via the Brightwells Live Internet Bidding System. 

For catalogue information or to find out more about buying and selling wines and spirits at Brightwells, please contact Paddy Shave on 01531 640592 or paddy.shave@brightwells.com