A four-day auction of one of the finest private collections of wines ever seen in the United Kingdom will end today, with total bids expected to exceed £2m.
Some of the best Bordeaux ever produced are on offer, including two cases of 1990 Château Pétrus, the wine recently laid on for David Cameron and friends by the Tory party treasurer, Michael Spencer, at their party conference in Birmingham. The cases have a reserve price of £34,000 each.
Potential buyers have submitted sealed bids in the hope of securing some of the 291 lots. The most expensive case is the 1961 Latour at £40,000 – perhaps to be expected, as American wine critic Robert Parker gave the wine a perfect score of 100 points on the four occasions he tasted it between 1997 and 2009, when he called it “unquestionably one of the Bordeaux legends of the century”.
Various attempts have been made by the media to discover the identity of the mystery seller, but the connoisseur and owner of the collection is remaining anonymous. He is believed to be British and in his fifties, with a home in London.
Tom Hudson, a director of Farr Vintners who organised the sale, said it was one of the finest collections of wine he has ever seen.
The By The Glass team certainly wouldn’t say no to a sampling session of the fantastic wines, chances are looking pretty slim though!