Perfect Pétrus 1961 goes down well at Sotheby's weekend wine sale
Perfect Ptrus 1961 goes down well at Sotheby's weekend wine sale
The auction house's New York sale was dominated by the tiny Bordeaux vineyard
Sotheby's wine sale over the weekend was, as expected, dominated by one wine in particular - the 11.4 hectare vineyard which offers Chteau Ptrus. "Ptrus," Sotheby's Master of Wine Serena Sutcliffe notes, "does not taste like other Bordeaux - it is not 'classic' but stupendously original, full of oriental spice box flavours which unfold endlessly."
The top vintages in the sale had bidders' mouths watering, and all surpassed their expectations:
Chteau Ptrus 1998 was represented in an early 12-bottle lot (52 out of 713), and the vintage is particularly renowned for its truly exceptional dark chocolate and black fruit taste. It eased past its $20,000-30,000 estimate to sell for $36,300.
La Tache 1990 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti was the only non-Petrussian wine to make its presence felt in the sale with a 12-bottle case of the famous vintage with its scent of vanilla pods and blackberries slipping past its $30,000-50,000 listing to achieve $51,425.
The most expensive lot overall was a 12-bottle lot of Petrus 1982, with the sweet, aniseedy wine passing its $40,000-60,000 pricing to reach $66,550.
However, the most extraordinary sale must have been that of the Chteau Ptrus 1961. It is a legendary wine, described by Sutcliffe as follows:
"Incredible curranty nose with a slight affinity with Port. So rich and "earthy", in a totally refined way. Damp earth after rain. Amazing, almost "Porty" wine on the palate. Yet such fresh fruit at the end. Immense."
The Ptrus 1961 lot was estimated at $25,000-35,000 - but that was just for two magnums, and it smashed that listing anyway, achieving a stunning $48,400. A reminder that the very most valuable wines tend to make the very best investments in the end.
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