Vintage & Modern Wines & Spirits

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Saturday 07 May 2016

Commencing at 10:30am

Newnham Street Saleroom


Friday 6th May 8.30am until 8.00pm
Morning of sale from 8.30am

These quarterly sales include fine wine, port, rare whisky, other spirits and collectable beers.

Late Spring Auction Sale of Vintage & Modern Wines & Spirits

Our spring sale includes another wide selection to suit most palettes. We are fortunate to have entries following the retirement of a Restauranteur as well as local estates and private collections.

This time we have some select Italian Grappa to compliment an excellent range and quantity of Cognacs and Armagnacs including many XO and old vintages back as far as 1944. As well as a range of Collectable and drinkable Whisky, we also have a number of Gins, Rums, Vodka, Tequila, Calvados,  and liqueurs to help restock a good cocktail cabinet or two.

Once again we are pleased to offer a good range of Vintage and other ports from a range of Vintages and Houses to suit most tastes. With 30 lots varying from single bottles to cases of 6 and 12 bottles, this could be the time to stock up! We have a range from 1958 to 2205 vintages this time. The guides say that most lots are ready to drink but many could be kept for many years in particular the cases of Quarles Harris 1977, the 12 Warre’s 1991 and others from 2005 & 1995. Check them out in the catalogue from lot 1101.

We have a selection of Dessert sweet wines again with a large entry of Icewine from China. A well respected wine merchant stocks the same and says that it is ready but will keep, medium-full bodied sweet, fresh and pure to taste with a positive level of acidity and a profile of citrus and tropical fruits, blossom and honey. They recommend to match creamy desserts like Crème Brulee. Come and see if you agree, we will have some available for a tasting at the viewing.

Got something to celebrate? We have quite a number of bottles of Champagne to sell. From older Vintages to modern bottlings including Taittinger, Bollinger, Diebolt-Vallois, Mercier, Pommery, Heidsieck, Moet and others – take a look at the online catalogue from lot 1151.

The Wine section is again dominated by Reds but we do have Whites and Rose if you look carefully. We start with some cracking classic French Clarets and Burgundy at lot 1201 but also have a selection of Classic Italian South African and Australian wines. Add to that fine wines from Argentina, Lebannon, Spain, Germany and China and there is something for most tastes. We also have quantities of everyday wines which you may find too good to cook with?

Add to this a few Collectable Ales, signed bottles and ephemera and it sounds like an interesting day out for those who enjoy a tipple or two (or a day in if you want to bid online).

Entries now Invited for our Summer Sale on the 2nd July.

Enquiries to

Previous sales have included the remaining stocks following closure of businesses, restaurants, public houses, catering companies etc. We also receive many entries from private cellars, deceased estates and due to relocation.

We invite entries of vintage and classic wines and spirits as well as more everyday drinks and we are happy to give free sales value advice. We can often do this from an emailed photograph or you can bring down to us.
For larger consignments please contact the auctioneer
Chris Armstrong

We can accept entries at any of our Auction Centres or valuation days. Entries can be accepted via courier or post by prior arrangement and we have a collection service for larger consignments.

Condition Reports
Condition reports and further images of lots are available for this sale via the website

Illustrated catalogues are available for all Antique and Specialist sales. (£5.00 by post). These sales can also be viewed on–line 10 days prior to the auction.

Entries are accepted up to three weeks prior to a Specialist sale or by prior arrangement, please contact the nearest office for further details.

Mailing & Postage
All mailing is handled by Mail Boxes Etc.
St Loyes House, 20 St. Loyes Street, Bedford MK40 1ZL
T: 01234 305 544

Future sale dates include:
Bedford  – 7th May 2016 – Entries Now Invited
Bedford  – 2nd July 2016
Bedford  – 5th November 2016

Recent Highlights

Recent sale results from this auction are displayed below. To view highlights from other auctions, click here.

Wines & Spirits

A quantity of cigars, 1 box of 25 Partagas Panetelas from Cuba (sealed), a box of 10 Royal Jamaica coronas & a part box of 12 Josel Piedra Habana, Cuban Coronas Cortas

Sold for £220

An old bottle of Nikka Gold & Gold Samuri Edition Whisky from Tokyo Japan circa 1970, no size nor strength stated (estimated 43% 75cl)

Sold for £310

A bottle of The MACALLAN 18 year old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled in 1970, bottled in 1988, 43% 75cl

Sold for £1,700

A bottle of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1982 St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe 75cl (ullage top shoulder)

Sold for £420

A bottle of The MACALLAN 18 year old Single Highland Malt Whisky distilled in in 1972 with box 43% 75cl

Sold for £1800

A Rare Malts Selection Brora Distillery 20 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled 1982, Bottle No. 1247 with box, Cask Strength 58.1% 70cl

Sold for £680

A bottle of Talisker 1964 Isle of Skye Pure Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, distilled 1964, bonded & bottled by Gordon & Macphail 100 proof 26
2/3 fl oz

Sold for £1600

A Magnum of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1987 Pauillac 12% 150cl (ullage into neck)

Sold for £480

Two bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2003 Pauillac 75cl, another highly rated vintage.

Sold for £660

A bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000 Pauillac Premier Cru Classe from a First Growth and in a gold decorated bottle 75cl

Sold for £800

An old bottle of Governor General Jamaica Rum by W&A Gilbey, By Appointment to the Late King George V, Circa late 1930's. 30 under proof when bottled, 1/6 gallon approx. (Note the cork is uncovered but appears unopened)

Sold for £520

A bottle of The MACALLAN 18 year old Single Highland alt Scotch Whisky, Distilled in 1978, bottled in 1996, 43% 70cl.

Sold for £1,400

6 bottles of Chateau Beychevelle Grand Vin 1998 Saint Julien (ullages into neck)

Sold for £320

A bottle of Ace of Spades Brut Rose Champagne by Armand De Brignac with box 75cl

Sold for £190

A Rare Malts Selection Hillside Distillery 25 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Distilled 1970, Bottle No 3864 with box, Cask Strength 60.1% 70cl

Sold for £410

A Rare private bottling of Oban 24 year old Single Barrel Malt Scotch Whisky, Distilled 23rd March 1989, bottled July 2013, Bottle No 213 of 258 with wooden box 47.8% 70cl. The Vendor has included a letter explaining the story behind this bottle. In short, Oban have only done 2 private bottlings, this one and one Presented to Princess Anne by the RLNI to commemorate the launching of the Oban Lifeboat. Diageo now own the distillery which is regarded as 1 of the 6 Classic Malts and it is thought that this will not be repeated

Sold for £310

2 bottles of Chateau Haut Brion 1994 Cru Classe Des Graves Pessac Leognan

Sold for £340

A bottle of The MACALLAN over 25 years old Anniversary Malt Single Highland Scotch Whisky with own wooden box, Distilled 1972 Bottled 1998 43% 70cl

Sold for £1800

A bottle of The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 30yr old American Oak Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky bottled in 2001 Sample Code 2LGF901 with wooden presentation box 70cl 48%

Sold for £420

A bottle of The Macallan 18yr old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky distilled in 1978 and bottled in 1996 70cl 43%

Sold for £1100