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

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