A 150-year-old bottle of sherry from the Duke of Wellington’s cellar will go on sale

A 150-year-old bottle of sherry from the Duke of Wellington’s hometown will first hit the market this month.

His rare item is said to have been bottled at Apsley House in Hyde Park Corner in London between 1850 and 1870, when it was the home of the duke, Arthur Wellesley.

It is expected to sell for between £300 and £700 during the Dreweatts Rare Wine and Spirits sale on July 21.


Apsley House in London (Philip Toscano/PA)

Wellesley was made Duke of Wellington after playing a key role in defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and ending the Napoleonic Wars.

As a reward for his military success, Parliament gave him £700,000 to build a new “Waterloo Palace”, but instead of building a new building, he placed a bid of £40,000 to buy Apsley House.

The sherry was purchased in 1977 at a Christie’s winery from the property and has been stored in a Hampshire cellar ever since.

A bottle from the same collection from 1865 was tasted in 2020 at Christie’s with the tasting note, “Over 150 years old, it looks almost like a young En rama Manzanilla.

“On tasting, the 1865 is well balanced, lightly powdery and grainy with a characteristic smoky edge.

“Its color and youthful gait make it hard to believe it was bottled when Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States.”

Mark Robertson, head of wine at Dreweatts, said: “A hero of the Spanish Flamenco dancer, edgy and not a fan of the French, it was no surprise that it was found in the cellar. of the Duke of Wellington, the Apsley house in London. House.

“I recommend enjoying it, as the Iron Duke would enjoy himself, with his favorite meal of cold cuts, such as Serrano ham.

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“It is estimated to fetch between £300 and £700 when it goes on sale under the hammer in July, but due to its exceptional provenance it could fetch even more.”

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