This summer, we have our Fine and Rare Wine and Spirits auction on Thursday 21 July. Mark Robertson, Head of Dreweatts Wine department, takes a look here at a special consignment.
As always, we have a banquet of some of the greatest wines imaginable on offer. Often, and much to the annoyance of our wonderful marketing department, I struggle to pick out my personal highlights for them.
However, as History and Wine are two of my great loves, I can finally win some much-needed brownie points and tell you about this wonderful bottle of sherry that has come to us for our July auction.
A hero to the Spanish, keen Flamenco dancer and no fan of the French, it is of little wonder that it was sherry found in the cellars of the Duke of Wellington's London home Apsley House.
This rare bottle of sherry was believed to be bottled at Apsley House between 1850-1870. It was purchased in 1977 at a Christie's sale of wines from Apsley House and has been stored in a fine Hampshire cellar ever since.
I suggest enjoying it, as the Iron Duke would have himself, with his favourite meal of cuts of cold meat, such as Serrano ham. A bottle from the same collection from 1865 was tasted in 2020 at Christie's. The tasting note was as follows, "At over 150 years of age, it looked almost like a young en rama Manzanilla. On tasting, the 1865 was well-balanced, chalky and lightly nutty with a characteristic smoky edge. Its colour and youthful gait made it hard to believe it was bottled when Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States."
Thursday 21 July | 10.30am BST
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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