Vintage & Modern Wines & Spirits

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Saturday 05 November 2016

Commencing at 10:30am

Bedford Auction Centre


Friday 4th November 8.30am until 8.00pm
Morning of sale from 8.30am

We are pleased to offer a great and varied selection in this sale. The sale includes the remaining contents of 3 cellars of Gentlemen formerly in the trade in which we found a number of delights some rare and mostly highly regarded. In addition we also have numerous other entries from deceased estates and cancelled orders.

We start with a large range of Spirits, some intended for a Spar shop including many familiar brands, Bell’s, Grant’s, Whyte & Mackay, Teacher’s, Jameson, Famous Grouse, Aberlour, Glenfiddich, Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Courvisier, Absolut, Vladivar, Smirnoff, Malibu, Sourz, Baileys and more.

For the collectors and connoisseurs, we have some vintages going back over one hundred years such as 2 bottles of Croizet Bonaparte 1906 cognac, 2 bottles Exshaw 1935 Cognac, a Maillac 1928 Armagnac, Martell  Extra Fine & Cordon Argent discontinued cognacs circa 1960’s, a Dewars White Label circa late 1930’s, a Lamb’s old Navy Rum labelled by the Ministry for Food in November 1947, a Long John whisky circa 1940’s and a Myer’s Planters Punch circa 1940’s/50’s. Added to this an old Chartreuse and Benedictines for good measure as well as collectables & novelties such as a Cragganmore special edition 14yr old malt, the Johnnie Walker Swing bottle, The Belle of Lincoln Jack Daneils large decanter, Jim Beam coffee grinder decanters, Bell’s Commemorative decanters and a wide range of miniatures.

We are pleased to offer our best entry of vintage ports to date this time. We have dozens of Taylor’s 1977 & 1970 but also a range of others vintages from many if the different port houses like Warres, Dows, Silval, Martinez, Portal, Smith Woodhouse, Noval, Niepoort, Kopke, Delaforce, Roeda & Fonseca. Again we found some older vintages too like a Cockburn’s 1927 said to be the best vintage of the 20th Century, a Cockburns 1912 said to be the next best and a Sandeman 1934 still in good condition.

Amongst the better known labels we also discovered some old cellar artifacts like an old bottle of Hall’s Supreme Tonic Restorative, a wooden crate of Whiteway’s Cyder circa 1950’s, some old bottles with no labels but the family says it was something special! & 10 small bottles of Courage  Presentation ale specially brewed for their many friends – a limited trade only beer & I was told this was because their Director said that you should brew the best beer you can as well as that which sells best.

There is a range of pudding wines again including Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes 1956/1958 & 1963, some younger sauternes from other Chateaux 1996-2006, the last of the Chateau Changyu Golden Valley Icewine 2009 and some sweet white Bordeaux.

We found a number of vintage and other champagnes again including Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1966 & 1971, Dom Perignon 1976, Moet 1981, Taitinger Millesime 1990, Veuve Cliquot and others, plus champagne and ice buckets too.

Followed by the classic red wines! This time we have uncovered some rare treats including some which are given as examples as to why claret is laid down to age. The older bottles include 3 Richebourg 1945 Bourgogne, 3 Pommard 1949 Burgundy, a Chateau Margaux 1954 & a Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1959 an outstanding vintage. Also of note is 4 bottles of Chateau Cardonnieux blanc 1948 Premier Grand Cru Leognan.

There are bottles of Chateau Cantenac Brown 1969, Chateau Haut Brion 1968, Mouton Cadet 1966 Pauillac, Chateau Palmer 1988 Margaux, Chateau Lagrange & Beychevelle 1986 and others. Of the younger wines we have some Dominus 1995 Napa Valley of the same family as Chateau Petrus, some Chateau D’Angludet 2005, Chateau Cantemerle 2005, Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2002, Chateau Puygueraud 2000, Chateau Les Ormes De Pez 2004, Chateau Notton 2000 and more.

There are some good chardonnay White Burgundy at the end of the sale too.

Not forgetting we also have a the range of modern red & white wines like Malbec from Argentina and France, Shiraz from Australia and South Africa, Rioja, Chianti, Hardy’s, Oxford Landing, Arniston Bay, Barefoot, Yellow Tail, Jacobs Creek, Gallo,  Blossom Hill and a large consignment of Bonpas 2013 Cote Du Rhone for the more everyday consumption!

Please see the full catalogue online with more details and images.

Viewing on the 4th November where we will have Bonpas Cote Du Rhone and Chateau Changyu ice-wine available for tasting!

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
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St Loyes House, 20 St. Loyes Street, Bedford MK40 1ZL
T: 01234 305 544

Future sale dates include:
Bedford  – 4th February 2017 – Entries Now Invited

Recent Highlights

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

Wines & Spirits

A wooden case of 6 bottles Taylor's Wakefield St Andrews 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley Australia )

Sold for £100

A bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky in box, 43% 75cl

Sold for £100

A bottle of Krohn Porto Colheita 1958 port by Wiese & Krohn bottled in 1986 (ullage high fill)

Sold for £150

A case of 12 bottles of Quarles Harris 1977 Vintage Port with own wooden case (ullages in neck)

Sold for £490

7 bottles Vieux Telegraph ''la Crau'' (5x 2003,
2x 1998) Chateauneuf du Pape

Sold for £210

2 bottles of Malmsey 1952 Jubilee Selection Madeira wine by Leacock's (ullage in neck)

Sold for £200

A case of 12 bottles of 1970 Delaforce vintage port in own wooden case

Sold for £520

A case of 12 bottles of Chateau Raymond Lafon 2009 Sauternes sweet white wine with own wooden case

Sold for £220

2 bottles of Niepoort's 1968 Porto Colheita (aged in wood and bottled in 1983)

Sold for £270

A bottle of Croizet Bonaparte vintage 1906 Fine Champagne Cognac 70 proof

Sold for £420

A case of 6 bottles of M Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2000 La Bernardine Rhone

Sold for £100

A bottle of Grand Vin De Chateau Latour Premier Cru Classe 1980 Pauillac (ullage top shoulder/base of neck)

Sold for £120

A bottle of Moet et Chandon Cuvee Dom Perignon Vintage 1985 Champagne

Sold for £160

15 bottles of Olivier Leflaive Houilleres 2004 Chassagne Montrachet grand vin de Bourgogne

Sold for £200

6 bottles Chateau Leoville Barton 2001 Cru Classe Saint Julien

Sold for £240

7 bottles of Dow's 1970 vintage port (ullage 6x top shoulder/in neck 1x mid shoulder)

Sold for £420

3 bottles Scholtz Hermanos Solera 1885 Malaga dessert wine 75cl each

Sold for £220

A bottle of Chateau d'Yquem Lur Saluces 1956 Sauternes dessert wine

Sold for £260

An old bottle of Chartreuse liqueur (label incomplete)

Sold for £430

A Dimple Royal Decanter by Haig in limited edition Pewter covering with box (circa 1970's) 75cl 43%

Sold for £160