1985 Richebourg Henri Jayer tops Hart Davis Hart auction at $113,500



2015-06-26 11:32:45

Henri Jayer's 1985 Richebourg beat off Romanee-Conti and other Burgundy

A six-bottle lot of Henri Jayer’s coveted 1985 Richebourg has sold at the top of Hart Davis Hart’s auction of the Herbert Bridges Harris Jr Collection in Chicago.

The Richebourg made $133,525 on February 8 to emerge as the highest selling lot in the sale, beating off stiff competition from other Burgundies such as the ever-popular Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wines.

Herbert Bridges Harris Jr (1934-2013) was a leader of the International Food & Wine Society, the 7th of April Wine Club and the Chaine de Rotisseurs. A good friend of one of America’s most respected oenophiles Lenoir Josey, he left behind an extraordinary collection comprised almost exclusively of the finest quality Bordeaux and Burgundy.

The second highest bids of the sale were seen from another six-bottle lot from Henri Jayer, this time the 1985 Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux, which made $101,575.

This price was matched by 12 bottles of Romanee-Conti from 1976. Any wine lover will know that Romanee-Conti is among the world’s most revered wines – a reputation cemented by the $477,000 record price paid for a 12-bottle case of the 1978 vintage at Christie’s in November.

Making a surprise appearance in the auction’s top sellers list were six magnums of Domaine Ponsot’s 1985 Clos de la Roche, a grand cru Burgundy that rarely outperforms its more illustrious neighbours. The lot made $71,700 - testament to the popularity of fine Burgundy at recent auctions.

In a sector formerly dominated by Bordeaux, Burgundy increased its market share from 1.2% in 2010 to 6.8% in 2013, according to Liv-ex. The company’s Burgundy 150 index enjoyed an increase of 9.2% in value last year.

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