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Expensive Cheval Blanc

A case of 1947 Cheval Blanc, a 62-year-old Dalmore, shipwrecked Champagne and a bottle of 1806 Lafite were among the rare wines and spirits offered by Christie’s at its London sale last week that made over £3 million in total.

The sale featured a number of extremely rare collections such as 22 lots consigned directly from the cellars of Château Lafite to mark the 90th birthday of Michael Broadbent MW, rare Ports from the reserve cellars of numerous companies and a consignment from Charles Heidsieck which included the first vintages of the house’s Champagne Charlie.

The sale’s top-selling lot was a case of 12 bottles of 1947 Cheval Blanc which realised £168,000, a record price in London.

A bottle of 1806 Lafite from a private collection meanwhile made £45,600, while the ex-cellar consignment of Lafite which included bottles from the 19th century made £103,380 in total with the proceeds going to both the endowment for the Institute of Masters of Wine and educational causes in the Médoc.