Vintage & Modern Wines & Spirits

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Saturday 07 May 2016

Commencing at 10:30am

Bedford Auction Centre


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

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

2 bottles of Chateau Palmer 1988 Margaux Medoc (ullages into neck/top shoulder)

Sold for £180

A Rare bottle of Cockburn's vintage port 1927(?) no original label but a later cellar label tied to neck (ullage top shoulder) (from the estate of a Gentleman formerly in the drinks trade). Most agree this was the best vintage of the 20th Century.

Sold for £350

A case of 12 bottles of Taylor's 1977 vintage port in own wooden box 75cl 21% each

Sold for £760

A bottle of Martell Extra fine Cognac with box, wax sealed and spare cork stopper, 24floz 75% proof. A discontinued version circa 1960's

Sold for £620

A bottle of Martell Extra fine Cognac with box, wax sealed and spare cork stopper, 24floz 75% proof. A discontinued version circa 1960's

Sold for £620

A box of 12 bottles of Taylor's 1970 vintage port bottled in 1972 by Army & Navy Stores Westminster

Sold for £920

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

A bottle of The Macallan 18yr old Gran Reserva Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky distilled in 1980 and bottled in 1999 70cl 40%

Sold for £1300

A bottle of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Extra Dry 1966 blanc de blancs champagne with box

Sold for £310

A bottle of Sandeman 1934 vintage port bottled in 1936 with wax seal (ullage into neck)

Sold for £290

An old bottle of Myer's "Planters' Punch" fine old Jamaica Rum, over 8 years in wood 26 2/3 floz 15 under proof. Estimated bottled 1940's/1950's

Sold for £230

A bottle of Chateau d'Yquem Sur Saluces 1956 Sauternes First growth dessert wine .

Sold for £360

3 bottles of Chateau Haut Brion 1968 Premier Grand Cru Classe Graves (ullages 2x 3cm & 1x 5cm)

Sold for £660

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

Sold for £100