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Bordeaux Soars as Hart Davis Hart November Auction Brings in $5.6M with 100% of Lots Sold

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. recorded history this past weekend offering a full barrel of 2016 Château Montrose, a first for the Château and the wine auction house. The auction room at Spiaggia fell silent as Montrose’s CEO Hervé Berland offered a few words surrounding the lot, including the special evening to be hosted for the winning bidder. Ben Ferdinand opened the bidding at $50,000. Competition was strong with bids in the room, on the phone, and online which drove the price to quickly reach triple-digits. The hammer came down and the exclusive experience sold for $119,500, nearly double the midpoint estimate. The incredibly unique lot became the third highest hammer price in the history of Hart Davis Hart.

The two-day auction featured an astounding array of Bordeaux spanning 47 vintages. Bidders from around the globe competed fiercely for the 1,480 lots bringing almost 50% of lots selling above their high estimate. Garnering a total of $5.6 million with 100% of lots sold, Hart Davis Hart offered some of the most highly sought and rare Bordeaux in the world.

Several impressive private collections came across the auction block this weekend, including wines from Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher, Huston Street (lots 214-500) as well as “Magnificent Bordeaux from an East Coast Collector,” (lots 874-952). The impeccable offering from Street showcased several legendary wines of Bordeaux, including one full case of 2010 Château Latour which brought in $14,340 and a full case of 2009 Château Lafite Rothschild which sold for $9,560.

Alongside these fine consignments, HDH was proud to offer two Châteaux-direct offerings. The selection from Château Montrose (lots 953-976) sold particularly well, with 100% of the lots offered selling above the high estimate. Château Léoville Las Cases offered a spectacular collection wines (lots 191-213) which included the rare 1986 Coffret Cépages Assortment which sold for $6,572.50 (lot 196, est. $2,000-3,000). This collector’s item is one of only 80 cases available world-wide of the 1986 vintage and we were incredibly honored to offer it at this weekend’s sale.

Other impressive highlights included:
• 73 lots from the 1982 vintage sold for $425,360 (pre-sale est. $2837,730-422,180)
• 223 lots from the 2000 vintage sold for $1,091,489 (pre-sale est. $813,310-1,200,580)
• 174 lots from the 2005 vintage sold for $553,380 (pre-sale est. $368,090-549,250)
• 144 lots from 2009 vintage sold for $444,719 (pre-sale est. $293,400-436,050)
• 196 lots from 2010 vintage sold for $518,988 (pre-sale est. $363,350-544,200)
• 392 lots of First Growth Red Bordeaux spanning 88 vintages sold for $2,573,599 (pre-sale est. $1,783,980-2,665,320)
• 112 lots of Château Lafite Rothschild sold for $915,788 (pre-sale est. $644,800-968,750)
• 40 lots of Château Pétrus sold for $550,297 (pre-sale est. $401,000-594,500)
• 74 lots of Château Mouton Rothschild sold for $510,623 (pre-sale est. $336,500-498,850)
• 80 lots of Château Haut-Brion sold for $457,661 (pre-sale est. $322,850-477,670)

As the #1 wine auction house in the U.S. for the past five years, HDH has a proven track record of excellence, and continues to exceed its competition in terms of market share and sell-through rate. HDH’s next sale with take place on December 15th and 16th and will feature the finest and rarest wines from around the globe. Bidders can participate by joining us in the auction room in Chicago or by utilizing HDH’s online bidding platform and mobile app.

Sale Stats
Percent sold by lot: 100%
Total Aggregate: $5,601,096
Low Pre-Sale Estimate: $3,791,660
High Pre-Sale Estimate: $5,660,750

Auction Calendar
December 15 & 16, 2017
January 12, 2018 (mobile only)
February 10, 2018

For more information on Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. or to arrange a media visit, please contact Chelsea Ball at 312.667.1161, [email protected] or visit