Terms and Conditions of Sale

Buyer's Premium - 19.5%

The Buyer’s Premium is a fee that all auction houses charge to cover the administrative expenses of holding an auction. This fee goes directly to the auction house. HDH’s Buyer’s Premium is 19.5% and is applied to all final hammer prices.


At all times, taxation is determined by point of delivery. We are required by law to collect the appropriate state and local taxes from purchasers, unless the purchase is deemed to be non-taxable. All conclusions as to taxation are to be determined by Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. in its sole discretion. All non-taxable transactions must be completely documented prior to release of purchases. Those licensed to sell alcoholic beverages may submit their sales tax number and proceed with being invoiced ...


HDH Wine Co. does not assume responsibility for shipment to the Buyer. Bidders are cautioned that many states impose restrictions on the transport of alcoholic beverages into their jurisdictions from other states. These restrictions may affect your purchase of wines from HDH Wine Co.; we urge you to investigate the laws in your state regarding this subject before shipping any wine purchased from HDH Wine Co. In some instances, special permits or licenses may be required for the Buyer or shipper....

Errata list - discrepancies in catalog and on-line description

The errata (http://www.hdhwine.com/content.cfm/auction-errata) is list of lots whose descriptions have changed from the original listing in the catalog and on-line.

Bidding Status

All bidding is confidential. Only when the auctioneer opens the lot to the room / live bidding during the auction will you know where the bidding will start.

Post auction storage policy

If you purchase lots at auction, you receive 60 days of free storage at HDH’s warehouse, from the conclusion of that sale. If your purchase is not shipped within 60 days, the wines will be moved into a storage account. A holding fee of $12 per 9-liter equivalent per quarter year will be charged. For more information regarding storage at HDH’s warehouse please contact our Shipping Department at 312.379.8711 or shipping@hdhwine.com (mailto:shipping@hdhwine.com).

Weather Watch

We will not ship due to extreme weather conditions and temperature, even by overnight service, may seriously damage the wine. Shipping will advise you of acceptable weather for shipping. If you request to ship when we have a weather watch in place you will be asked to sign a waiver to release the wine to be shipped at your own risk.

Shipping policy

After the auction, please contact HDH’s Shipping Team via email at shipping@hdhwine.com (mailto:shipping@hdhwine.com) or at 312.379.8711. Deliveries can usually be processed and prepared for shipment within 48 hours of receipt of payment and any applicable taxes or permits. We have several delivery options available depending on your location and preferences. Deliveries are not automatic and must be individually scheduled to ensure the safety of the wine and the identity of the recipient, who m...

Payment Options

Credit card payments are accepted for invoices up to $25,000. Any invoices with an amount over $25,000 will need to be paid via wire or check. HDH accepts paper and electronic checks. An electronic check requires a customer’s routing and account numbers for an authorized, one-time transfer of funds directly from a customer’s checking account. Please contact our Accounting Department at accounting@hdhwine.com (mailto:accounting@hdhwine.com) or 312.573.5592 to make an electronic check payment. I...

Description of Wine

To the best of our knowledge, all wines benefited from proper storage prior to being delivered to our temperature and humidity-controlled cellar. Every bottle in this catalog has been carefully inspected by our experts and described as accurately as possible. Buyers of older and more fragile wines must make proper allowances for natural variations of ullage and general condition. Wines less than 30 years of age have been determined by HDH, based on our professional judgement, to be in generally ...

Bidding Increments

up to $500 ......................$20-50-80 ($220, $250, $280...) $500-1000 ......................$50 ($500, $550, $600...) $1000-2000 ....................$100 ($1000, $1100, $1200...) $2000-3000 ....................$200 ($2000, $2200, $2400...) $3000-5000 ....................$200-500-800 ($3200, $3500, $3800...) $5000-10,000 .................$500 ($5000, $5500, $6000...) $10,000-20,000 ..............$1000 ($10,000, $11,000, $12,000...) $20,000-30,000 ..............$2000 ($20,000, $22,000,...

Auction Estimates

Auction estimates are provided for each lot, with all figures based on the most recent auction market results for the same or comparable wines. Rarity and condition are at all times taken into consideration. Estimates do not include Buyer’s Premium or sales tax.

Tasting Notes

We have been given permission by several of the world’s leading wine critics to use their tasting notes in our catalogs. Due to space limitations, the notes in the catalog have been edited. The entire note, and notes from other critics (where available) may be accessed by viewing the catalog via our website, auction.hdhwine.com. TASTING NOTES KEY WA Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (erobertparker.com) NM Neal Martin’s Wine Journal AM Allen Meadows (burghound.com) JR Jancis Robinson (jancisrobi...

Phone Bidding

Telephone bidding is available for live auctions on a very limited basis, and with advance arrangements only. Bidders who wish to bid live by telephone must submit a list of lots on which they wish to bid 48 hours before the auction. We are unable to accept calls in the saleroom and must be supplied a telephone number where the bidder can be reached on the day of the auction, along with an alternate telephone number. Bidders are encouraged to leave a written bid as well, which would be executed ...

Payment Options

You can select your payment option during the registration process from the dropdown box under the title “Preferred Payment Method:” Credit Card: Your credit card will be charged automatically at the close of the auction. Credit card payments are accepted up to $25,000, with any amount over $25,000 needing to be paid via wire or paper or electronic check. Check: HDH now accepts paper and electronic checks. An electronic check is a digital payment that serves the same function as a paper check....

Commercial client

If you are a domestic commercial client who is bidding on behalf of a restaurant, wine bar, or other licensee, please indicate that you are such when registering by clicking the “yes” button under the question “Are you a trade client?” Following the close of the auction, please view your HDH auction invoice as a confirmation of your winnings and know that a commercial invoice, which has been routed through the necessary wholesale agent and includes the appropriate fees, will be emailed directly ...

Additional fees

In addition to the buyer’s premium, IL tax of 10.25% will be added to all orders picked up at Hart Davis Hart Co. or shipped within IL. Shipping costs will also be assessed based on the location of delivery and the manner selected. We have several shipping options at various price points available. Contact shipping@hdhwine.com or 312.379.8711