Hart Davis Hart



2015-06-26 11:02:03

Hart Davis Hart is a wine auctioneer based in Chicago, US.

It is one of the leading wine auctioneers in the world.


Hart Davis Hart was founded in 2004 by Michael Davis, Paul Hart and John Hart. The company emerged from John Hart Fine Wine, the Chicago-based firm started by John Hart in 1993.

Both Michael Davis and Paul Hart are former senior vice presidents of Sotheby’s. Upon leaving those posts in 2003 they took executive vice president positions at John Hart Fine Wine.

The three worked together for Christie’s in the early 1990s.

John Hart is currently chairman, Michael Davis vice chairman, and Paul Hart CEO.


In addition to the three founders, with their excellent knowledge of the sector, Hart Davis Hart has the benefit of the insights from wine experts Allan Frischman and Ben Ferdinand. Both Frischman and Ferdinand are vice presidents at the company.


Auctions take place roughly seven times a year. The company has sold wine worth over $100 million across more than 30 auctions to customers in 19 countries.


Hart Davis Hart also has a strong retail arm, which enables customers to buy top quality wine both old and new. The company applies the same rigorous inspections to its retail wine as it does to its auction items.

Inspection process

The company’s inspection process is meticulous and follows six steps:

  • Ullage/Level: Is the wine level appropriate for its age? Are there signs of past seepage?

  • Colour: Is there evidence of browning? Is the wine cloudy? Are the depth of colour and amount of sediment appropriate?

  • Label: Is the label soiled, stained or damaged in any significant way?

  • Capsule: Has the capsule been torn significantly, worn or trimmed? Is the capsule corroded?

  • Bottle: Is it period glass, does it bear any unique or unusual engravings or art work?

  • Cork: Does the cork appear to be sound? Was it deemed necessary to trim the capsule to reveal the cork brand?

Notable sales

An auction in February 2005 achieved close to $2 million in total. Highlights of the sale were a collection of nine Screaming Eagle magnums from 1992 to 2001, which achieved $32,760, and a bottle of 1986 Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti which made $2,808.

A January 2011 sale was worth $4.6 million. The most noteworthy sales were a case of 1982 Lafite, which earned $65,725 and a $50,190 sale of six bottles of 2000 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

Wine tasting

Wine tasting events take place throughout the year. They are open to all wine enthusiasts.


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