A highly-anticipated ex-cellar sale of Henri Jayer – featuring the last wines ever to be released from the estate’s cellars – has smashed all existing fine wine auction records to achieve a staggering £26.3 million.
Held in Geneva on 17 June, the sale saw frenzied bidding from 100 buyers across the globe, as they competed for the auction’s 855 bottles and 209 magnums.
Highlights included: a 15 magnum vertical of Cros Parantoux spanning 1978 to 2001 (£841,211); a magnum of 1978 Cros Parantoux (£110,000); six magnums of 1999 Cros Parantoux (£403,750); and a bottle of 1986 Richebourg (£38,500).
According to Baghera Wines, which managed the sale, the auction “sets a new reference standard for all rare wine auctions”. Executive director Michael Ganne commented: ““This historical auction opens a new page in the world of fine wines. The Baghera Wines’ team is delighted that this sale pays this ultimate tribute to the genius of Henri Jayer and will perpetrate his relentless creative spirit. The very last bottles from Henri Jayer’s cellar have thus reached another dimension: eternity maybe?”