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d'Yquem proves enduring appeal of sweeties

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chteau d'Yquem was the star of a Sotheby's sale on 18 September, which raised 422,590 and saw 62% of 949 lots sold. Serena Sutcliffe MW, head of Sotheby's International Wine Department, said: The collection of d'Yquem from vintages 1899 to 1987 far exceeded expectations. Many lots doubled or tripled their estimates, confirming that demand for the greatest of sweet wines is still extremely strong.' Top of the d'Yquem range was a single bottle of 1921, estimated at 1,000, which sold for 4,140 to a private US buyer. Other highlights included a Methuselah (six-litre bottle) of 1976 Romane-Conti, which sold for 13,800 to a private Asian buyer. Prices for the very top wines remained stable but, as Sutcliffe said: Elsewhere, prices have softened between [Sotheby's] estimating for the catalogue and the sale.'

RELATED: Sotheby's is to debut in Australia by auctioning off the entrants to the annual Barrel Series Auction 6 in Coonawarra, where nine local growers present their outstanding barrel of the 2001 vintage for sale.