Champagne moment for Mill House

  • Last Updated: November 6 2013, 18:59 GMT

A bottle of 1905 Hennessy Grand Champagne Cognac, presented to the owner of Mill House, following his win at the Hennessy Gold Cup, galloped to a victorious £3,450 at the second dedicated spirits sale from Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

Mill House jumps alongside his great rival Arkle
Mill House jumps alongside his great rival Arkle

Research conducted by the Auctioneers in conjunction with Hennessy confirmed that it was probably the only existing single vintage bottling outside the Hennessy family reserves.

The catalogue description of Lot 65 was as follows: "Following some correspondence with Hennessy it is believed that this is the only bottle of 1905 Hennessy ever to come to market.

"Hennessy believe this to be a unique gift to Mr Gollings as winning owners are not normally given such bottles. Mill House's trainer, Fulke Walwyn, was also the Hennessy family trainer which may explain the connection.

"Mr Gollings was born in 1905 hence the vintage he was given, bottled from Hennessy family reserves in 1963. As buyers will be aware, Hennessy do not retail vintage cognacs but make premium blends of aged Cognacs which they have reserves of dating back to 1800. The bottle is in excellent condition."

The next Fine Port, Wine and Champagne Auction, with some 701 lots, will take place on the 27th of November at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Donnington Priory Saleroom.


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