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Madeira at the Heublein Premiere National Auctions of Rare Wines 1969-1981


Emanuel Berk presents the list “Madeiras at Auction 1971-2010” in the second edition of Noel Cossart’s Madeira The Island Vineyard.  This list is sourced from the auction catalogs of Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Zachy’s, Hart Davis Hart, David & Co., Morrell & Co., and Phillips.  He reports that the 6000 lots of madeira comprised some 681 different wines.  As I have collected several Heublein Premiere National Auction catalogs I thought I would present a list of the madeira bottles sold between 1969 and 1981.  This list of 85 lots is comprised of 63 different wines from the vintages of 1792 to 1913.  Some of the wines appear in both lists such as the 1792 Blandy Brothers & Co., Bual, of which 49 bottles are detailed in Mr. Berk’s list, and the rare 1795 Abudarham Terrantez of which there is only one bottle in each list.  There are several bottles which appear unique to the Heublein list.  This includes the 1796 Lenox Madeira, the 1808 M. W. A. Lda., Malvazia Solera, and 1824 Newton Gordon, Bual.  The prices ranged from a low $78 for the 1895 M. W. A. Lda., L. U. Madeira, to a high  of $1800 for the previously mentioned 1792 Blandy Brothers & Co., Bual.  It should be noted that the bottles bearing the label of Frasqueira Soares Franco came from the private cellar of Sr. Fernando Porto Soares Franco from Azeitao, Portugal.

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The descriptions are based upon the Price Review index and not the more detailed lot descriptions.  Note, I have maintained the Heublein spelling, for example Tarrantez instead of Terrantez.  For each wine the number of lots which appeared at auction are specified as well as the low and high price realized.

  • 1792 Blandy Brothers & Co., Bual, 1 lot, $1800 per bottle
  • 1792 Reserve Solera, 1 lot, $210 per bottle
  • 1795 Abudarham, Tarrantez, 1 lot, $500 per bottle
  • 1796 Lenox Madeira Lot #2, Imported by Robert Lenox in 1803, 2 lots, $520-$800 per bottle
  • c. 1800 Free-blown Madeira bottle, 1 lot, $750
  • c. 1800 Free-blown Madeira half-bottle, 1 lot, $600 per bottle
  • 1804 Bin 51, 1 lot, $600 per bottle
  • 1808 M. W. A. Lda., Malvazia, Solera, 1 lot, $310 per bottle
  • 1810 Bin 110, Governor Ridgley of Maryland, 2 lots, $155-$220 per bottle
  • 1811 Catherine Banks, William H. Fearing, New York 1 lot, $180 per bottle
  • 1812 Old Bual, Bishop Bernard Shields, 1 lot, $540 per bottle
  • 1815 Abudarham, J. M. da Fonseca,  Extra Bual, 1 lot, $385 per bottle
  • 1815 Abudarham, Sercial, 3 lots, $210-$300 per bottle
  • 1815 Blandy’s Madeiras Lda., Sercial, 1 lot, $440 per bottle
  • 1815 Heyer Madeira, 2 lots, $180-$290 per bottle
  • 1816 Remittance Sercial, William H. Fearing, New York, demijohned in 1820, bottled in 1897, 1 lot, $175 per bottle
  • 1818 Blandy’s Madeiras Lda., Branco, 1 lot, $300 per bottle
  • 1820 Berry Bros., London, Bual, 1 lot, $280 per bottle
  • 1820 Old Gold Seal, The Hoffman House, New York, 1 lot, $320 per bottle
  • 1820 Olmstead Madeira, 60 oz bottle made in Bristol, England, 2 lots, $200-$250
  • c. 1820 Abudarham, Frasqueira Soares Franco,  Malvazia M, 2 lots, $125-$210 per bottle
  • c. 1820 Abudarham, Sercial A, 1 lot, $90 per bottle
  • c. 1820 Abudarham, J. M. da Fonseca,  Extra Bual, 3 lots, $95-$370 per bottle
  • c. 1820 Free-blown Madeira bottles, 1 lot, $300
  • 1824 Newton Gordon, Bual, 1 lot, $195 per bottle
  • 1826 Blandy Brothers & Co., Boal Solera, 1 lot$190 per bottle
  • c. 1830 Abudarham, Sercial Sherman, 3 lots, $100-$230 per bottle
  • c. 1830 Blackburn, East-India, Imported 1835,1 lot, $220 per bottle
  • c. 1830 Mould-blown Madeira bottles, 1 lot, $350 per bottle
  • c. 1830 Fratelli Brano, 1 lot, $130 per bottle
  • c. 1830 William H. Fearing, 1 lot, $320 per bottle
  • 1832 Fernando Porto Soares Franco, Bual, 2 lots, $145-$210 per bottle
  • 1833 Abudarham, Estreito, 2 lots, $220-$420 per bottle
  • 1834 Lewis Old Madeira, Property of Davies Estate, 2 lots, $125-$190
  • 1835 M. W. A. Lda., Sercial Solera, 1 lot, $180 per bottle
  • 1836 J. M. da Fonseca, Abudarham, Extra Bual, 2 lots, $105-$250 per bottle
  • 1836 Reserve Sercial, 1 lot, $1400 per case
  • 1836 Reserve Sercial, 2 lots, $120-$145 per bottle
  • 1840 Fernando Porto Soares Franco, Bual 2 lots, $270-$360 per bottle
  • 1840 J. M. da Fonseca, Abudarham, Extra Bual, 1 lot, $105 per bottle
  • 1840 Berry Bros., London, Bual, 1 lot, $250 per bottle
  • c. 1840 Abudarham, Malvazia MW, 2 lots, $230-$420 per bottle
  • c. 1840 Abudarham, Sercial Imperial, 2 lots, $210-$400
  • 1841 Fernando Porto Soares Franco, Malvazia, 2 lots, $145-$230
  • 1844 Fernando Porto Soares Franco, Bual, 2 lots, $155-$220 per bottle
  • 1849 Fernando Porto Soares Franco, Madeira S. Martinho, 2 lots, $140-$220 per bottle
  • 1849 Miles Madeiras Lds., Miles Verdelho, 1 lot, $200 per bottle
  • 1857 Reserve, 1 lot, $100 per bottle
  • 1860 M. W. A. Lda., Bual, 1 lot, $180 per bottle
  • 1862 Blandy’s Madeiras Lda., Tarrantez, 2 lots, $270-$450 per bottle
  • 1868 M. W. A. Lda., Bual, 1 lot, $115 per bottle
  • 1868 Rex Madeira, 2 lots, $130-$135 per bottle
  • 1874 Frasqueira Fanal, Fine Sercial, 1 lot, $200 per bottle
  • 1880 M. W. A. Lda., Malvazia F. C., 1 lot, $120 per bottle
  • 1885 H. M. Madeira, 1 lot, $170 per bottle
  • 1888 M. W. A. Lda., Verdelho, 1 lot, $170 per bottle
  • 1890 M. W. A. Lda., Malvazia, 1 lot, $93 per bottle
  • c. 1890, Shortridge Malmsey Madeira, Shortridge Lawton & Co., 1 lot, $100 per bottle
  • 1895 M. W. A. Lda., L. U. Madeira, 1 lot, $78 per bottle
  • 1904 M. W. A. Lda., Malvazia, 1 lot, $100 per bottle
  • 1904 Unknown Producer, Malvazia, 1 lot, $100 per bottle
  • 1908 Blandy’s Madeiras Lda., Sercial, 1 lot, $100 per bottle
  • 1913 Abudarham, Malvazia, 1 lot, $105 per bottle
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