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Press Release - Acker Merrall & Condit
 
ACKER MERRALL SEIZES FALL SEASON LEAD
WITH ALMOST US$10 MILLION IN SEPTEMBER SALES

SEPTEMBER 19-20th HONG KONG AUCTION
DELIVERS ESTIMATED HK$45 MILLION IN SALES

OVER 120 NEW WORLD RECORDS SET AS
HONG KONG SHOWS THE WINE MARKET THE MONEY
 
 
Hong Kong, SAR – September 22, 2014 – Acker Merrall’s first auction of the Fall season in Hong Kong proved the desire of Hong Kong and Chinese collectors to own the world’s greatest wines isn’t changing any time soon. Clients from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Macau eagerly battled a healthy foreign contingent to achieve an estimated HK$45 million/US$5.8 million in sales. September’s sale was the firm’s largest auction to date in 2014, and in combination with the recent New York City auction, Acker Merrall has once again set another auction season’s pace for the industry worldwide.
 
Collectors in Hong Kong and on the Mainland this weekend continued to augment their cellars with the most famous Chateaux and Domaines. DRC accounted for 15 of the Top 25 lots, and eight of the Top Ten. Competition for the sale’s Top Lot ended appropriately in a tie between two famous French regions and names: a rare twelve bottle case of 1978 La Tache, and a historic sixty-five vintage vertical of Chateau Latour, both of which sold for HK$543,400/US$70,116. The roster of names in the Top 25 were as famous as these first two: Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, OWCs of DRC Montrachet and Romanee-Conti, multiple DRC Assortments, 1975, 1982 and 1990 Petrus cases, and double magnums of 1982 Lafite.
 
“It was exciting to see Hong Kong back in action and in full force this past weekend. All the reports of a slowdown in China proved to be greatly exaggerated, at least from our vantage. I think Alibaba would agree,” said Acker Merrall & Condit’s CEO, John Kapon. “It was encouraging to see so many clients return to the room, and the spectacular offerings from the cellars of Grafe-Lecocq and Wilf Jaeger definitely were a big part of it. Our clients here recognized the strength of this catalog and the impressive collections on offer. Combined with our strong auction in New York recently, September has been a great beginning to what looks to be a great season.”
 
Other highlights from the September 19-20, 2014 Hong Kong Auction
 
QuantityFormatWineVintagePrice in US$
6BottlesHenri Jayer Cros Parantoux2000$44,619
1ImperialMouton Rothschild1982$20,397
12BottlesPetrus1975$35,058
2MagnumsJoseph Drouhin Clos de la Roche1959$5,099
12BottlesLeoville Las Cases1966$3,506
1JeroboamDujac Echezeaux1998$5,418
6BottlesDRC Richebourg1971$25,497
3BottlesRousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze1996$5,099
12BottlesLeflaive Chevalier Montrachet1999$8,924
12BottlesDRC La Tache1978$70,116
1MagnumLouis Roederer Cristal1969$5,418
2BottlesDRC Grands Echezeaux1980$3,506
1BottleDRC Richebourg1964$3,825
6MagnumsDujac Romanee St Vivant2006$19,123
3BottlesScreaming Eagle2009$7,012
 
 
 
 
Press Release - Acker Merrall & Condit
 
DIRECT CONSIGNMENTS FROM
TWO GREAT BURGUNDY DOMAINES
SOAR OVER THE HIGH ESTIMATES

HK$40M/US$5M+ SOLD
AT ACKER MERRALL’S MAY HONG KONG AUCTION

NOTABLE DRC WORLD RECORDS
AMONG OVER 90 SET DURING WEEKEND
 
 
 
Hong Kong– June 2, 2014 – Collectors from around the world seized the opportunity to buy perfectly stored lots that came directly from two of the great Domaines of Burgundy, Chateau de la Tour and Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, at Acker Merrall’s May 30-31 Hong Kong auction. Both direct consignments well exceeded pre-sale estimates, as collectors battled furiously to own wines direct from these legendary estate’s cellars with the owners in attendance. Rare magnum vertical collections of Liger-Belair Echezeaux and Aux Brulees from 2008-2010 (2 magnums each) sold for HK$79,040/$US10,159 and HK$74,100/US$9,524 respectively, while three bottles of the newest release of 2011 Liger-Belair La Romanee sold for an impressive HK$69,160/US$8,889. The offering from Chateau de la Tour featured old, rarely seen vintages back to 1885, and buyers jumped at the chance to own their piece of Burgundy history. Highlights blowing through the high estimates included a case of 1945 Clos Vougeot selling for HK$177,840/$US22,858 and the new, 50 case production of 2010 Clos Vougeot Hommage a Jean Morin seeing three magnums sell for HK$59,280/US$7,620. The highlight of the sale, though, was a once-in-a-lifetime 7 bottle and 1 magnum lot of Clos de Vougeot, including dinner with owner Francois Labet at his Chateau, featuring 1885, 1895, 1904, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1929 and closing with a magnum of the famous 1945. The lot ended up selling in the room after a valiant battle over two phone bidders, selling to an anonymous collector for over four times high estimate at HK$592,800/US$76,195.
 
DRC dominated the Top 25 Lots sold over the weekend. The most expensive lot of the auction was a six bottle lot of the great 1999 Romanee-Conti, which sold for HK$691,600/US$88,895. World records were also notably set for six significant lots of DRC: 1993 & 1998 Assortments, 1997 Montrachet in 3-liter and 6-liter, and magnums of Romanee-Conti of 2007 and 2008. Over 90 new world records were set overall, of which Burgundy accounted for approximately 75%. The breadth of demand among collectors for Burgundy was again apparent given the new records set not only for Liger-Belair, Chateau de la Tour and DRC, but also for Leroy, Dujac, Jayer, Lafon, Roumier, Mugnier, Drouhin, Meo-Camuzet and Raveneau. Other notable world records outside the Burgundy box were set by Biondi Santi, Chapoutier, Climens, Ducru Beaucaillou, Gaja, Jacques Selosses, L’Angelus, La Mission Haut Brion, La Mondotte, Pape Clement, Pavie, Petrus, Pichon Baron, Screaming Eagle and Taittinger.
 
“Offering direct consignments from the top domaines of Burgundy is a privilege, and we are once again honored that the top Domaines in Burgundy continue to choose Acker Merrall to represent their collections. No one has brought more Burgundy direct from the Domaines to the market, and we will continue to carry that torch,” said Acker Merrall & Condit’s CEO, John Kapon. “This was a great auction to finish our spring season in Hong Kong, and I cannot wait for our next one in September. First, we will have another evening auction party in New York on June 26th, and all I can say is old Bordeaux lovers should pay attention! Of course, it will be the usual mix of the world’s finest and rarest, we always have something for everyone.”
 
Acker Merrall’s last auction of the Spring Season will be held at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City, beginning at 5:30pm local time.
 
 
 
Acker Merrall & Condit ~



 
ACKER MERRALL & CONDIT 2014 MARCH HONG KONG AUCTION
 
ACHIEVES A TOTAL OF OVER HK$35M, 92% SOLD
 
RARE ROUMIER MUSIGNY VERTICAL ATTAINS OVER HK$475,000
 
62 NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORDS
 
22 NEW WORLD RECORDS FOR DRC, ROUSSEAU, DUJAC AND MUGNIER
 

 
Hong Kong - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world's leading wine auctioneer and America's oldest fine wine merchant, continued the momentum of the 2014 season, achieving excellent results in its two-day sale held on 21 and 22 March at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Over 900 lots of some of the world’s most sought-after wines on offer realized over HK$35M/US$4.5M, 92 % sold and 62 World Records were established.
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, said: “Building on the success of our two previous auctions, there was great excitement amongst Asian collectors throughout the sale for the featured collections offered, including the acclaimed personal collections of Rowland Perkins and Tommaso. With the current health of the market, the demand for top wines of great vintages and quality provenance remains strong. There remains renewed interest in older Bordeaux, and Burgundy remains as strong as ever.”
 
BURGUNDY TREASURES
 
The large selection of extraordinary Burgundies offered received enthusiastic response in the market. Taking center-stage was a very rare case of Henri Jayer’s legendary 1999 Cros Parantoux that fetched HK$642,200/ US$82,333 (Lot 761 illustrated right). Alsoby Jayer were 2 magnums of 1999 Cros Parantoux (HK$197,600/ US$25,333, Lot 762).
 
 
 
More than 50 incredible lots from Domaine de la Romanée Conti were showcased in the sale. Impressive prices were realized for the 6 DRC Assortments in their original wooden cases, led by a very rarely seen 1990 DRC Assortment that sold for HK$395,200/ US$50,667, Lot 220, illustrated left). Further highlights includeda case of 1985 DRC Assortment in owc (HK$370,500/US$47,500, Lot 26) and a case of 1999 DRC Assortment (HK$395,200/ US$50,667, Lot 105) .
 
Romanée Conti was in the spotlight and fetched strong prices: 3 bottles of 1999 (HK$345,800/ US$44,333, Lot 667) and 3 bottles of 2009 (HK$321,100/ US$41,167, Lot 669). Also of note was a rare magnum of 2001 Romanée Conti that fetched HK$167,960/ US$21,533 (Lot 227).
 
Of particular interest was an extraordinary and unprecedentedoffering of 14 vintages of the rarest Burgundy of all, Roumier Musigny, led by a bottle of 1993 (HK$41,990/ US$5,383, Lot 679) and a bottle of 2005 (HK$46,930/ US$6,017, Lot 687). Together these 14 vintages sold cumulatively for HK$476,710/ US$61,383.
 
La Romanée of Comte Liger-Belair was highly coveted by collectors, highlighted by 3 bottles of 2003 La Romanée (HK$39,520/ US$5,067, Lot 217) and 10 bottles of 2010 La Romanée (HK$271,700/ US$34,833, Lot 694).
Other prized offerings were over 25 lots of Rousseau led by 3 bottles of 1961 Rousseau Chambertin (HK$74,100/ US$9,500, Lot 566). Dujac was well represented by a Jeroboam of 2000 Dujac Clos de la Roche (HK$24,700/ US$3,167, Lot 332) and 12 bottles of 2005 Dujac Clos de la Roche (HK$59,280/ US$7,600, Lot 703).
 
The sale confirmed the continued surge for rare White Burgundy as reflected in the fantastic results achieved. An extremely rare banded 6-bottle OWC of the 2004 DRC Montrachet fetched HK$202,540/ US$25,966 (Lot 730). Bidding was intense for a remarkable collection featuring over 50 lots of perfectly and professionally stored lots of white Burgundy. A full case of 1996 Ramonet Montrachet in the collection sold for HK$148,200/ US$19,000 (Lot 469, illustrated right).
 
 
BORDEAUX GEMS
 
Bordeaux of superb quality and increasing rarity aroused significant interest. Among the star lots werea case of the legendary 1982 Petrus in OWC (HK$395,200/ US$50,667, Lot 752), a case of 1989 Pétrus in owc (HK$370,500/ US$47,500, Lot 100) and a case of 1982 Lafite in OWC (HK$345,800/ US$44,333, Lot 742). A rare vertical of 18 vintages of Latour spanning 1920 to 1981 sold for HK$128,440/ US$16,467, Lot 9).
 
There was a large selection of Haut Brion on offer including the coveted 1989 vintage presented in three different formats: 12 bottles (HK$148,200/ US$19,000, Lot 68), 6 magnums (HK$158,080/ US$20,267, Lot 69) and 3 double magnums (HK$167,960/ US$21,533, Lot 70).
Also of note were two rare and outstanding Champagne lots: 12 bottles each of 1979 Roederer Cristal (HK$118,560/ US$15,200, Lot 59), (HK$128,440/ US$16,467, Lot 60).
 
Acker’s next New York sale will be held on April 5th at Marea Restaurant, and their next Hong Kong sale will be on 30 & 31 May at the Grand Hyatt.
 


Acker Merrall & Condit ~ BURGUNDY REIGNS SUPREME AT JANUARY HONG KONG AUCTION



BURGUNDY REIGNS SUPREME AT JANUARY HONG KONG AUCTION
107 WORLD RECORDS, 91 FOR BURGUNDY

TWO FEATURED COLLECTIONS COMBINE TO ACHIEVE
OVER THE HIGH ESTIMATE, 100% SOLD

SPECIAL CHARITY SALE OF 158 MAGNUMS DONATED EXCLUSIVELY BY
TOP BURGUNDY DOMAINES RAISES OVER HK$1 MILLION
AND DOUBLE HIGH ESTIMATE
 
Hong Kong – Two remarkable, world class Burgundy collections and 158 charitable magnums from Burgundy’s top Domaines headlined a strong start to 2014 for Acker Merrall and the Hong Kong wine market. Burgundy alone set 91 new world records, and the featured “As Good As it Gets” collection and “The Executive Cellar” together were 100% sold and combined to achieve over high estimates. Acker Merrall was also incredibly proud to help raise money during the auction for two very young children in Burgundy affected by a terrible disease. Proceeds for the care of a young sister and brother both fighting an extremely rare disease, Fanconi Anemia, blew far past pre-sale estimates as collectors rushed to help, with 100% of the money raised, including Acker Merrall’s buyer’s premium, going to the family.
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit, said: “Our first sale was a great one, and all about the Burgundy. We set 107 new World Records, 91 of which were Burgundy! Our two featured collections on Saturday combined to achieve over the high estimates and were 100% sold. It was an exciting start to 2014 with 97% sold and nearly US$5 million in sales, and we saw that demand for Burgundy continues to grow, and the most sophisticated collectors know there is more to Burgundy than just DRC. This was also special weekend for us in a human way, too. The charity “A Hope for Lucas and Luna” was incredibly successful thanks to the drive, energy and passion of our friend Vicomte Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, the Domaines in Burgundy who sent the remarkable magnums we sold, and our thoughtful and passionate clients here in Hong Kong. I feel fortunate to be a part of what this weekend accomplished, and to have such wonderful clients and friends as we do here in Hong Kong.”
 
NOTABLE NEW WORLD RECORDS FOR BURGUNDY
91 new World Records were set for Burgundy this weekend in Hong Kong. Leroy led the pack with 18 records; Domaine Leflaive had 14, Rousseau 8, while Dujac and Comte Liger-Belair each had 6, showing the growing reach and strength of these Domaines here in Hong Kong. Some of the highlights included:
 
- 2001 DRC Assortment: US$38,081 per case
- 2009 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee: US$13,963 per magnum
- 1985 DRC Montrachet: US$7,933.50 per bottle
- 1996 Leroy Richebourg: US$2,327 per bottle
- 1985 Leroy Chambertin: US$2,115.67 per bottle
- 2001 Mugnier Musigny: US$2,062.50 per magnum
- 1993 Meo-Camuzet Richebourg: US$1,904.00 per bottle
- 1999 Rousseau Chambertin: US$1,745.50 per bottle
- 1993 Dujac Clos de la Roche: US$1,375.17 per bottle
- 1999 Leflaive Batard Montrachet: US$952.00 per magnum
- 2000 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze: US$793.33 per bottle
- 2009 Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux: US$740.50 per bottle
- 2002 Drouhin Musigny: US$740.50 per bottle
- 1996 Dujac Clos de la Roche: US$687.50 per bottle
- 1990 d’Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs: US$449.58 per bottle
- 2009 Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin: US$402 per bottle
 
SPECIAL CHARITY SECTION OF BURGUNDY MAGNUMS
Bidding was very spirited in the special charity section of 158 magnums specifically donated from the greatest Domaines in Burgundy for a cause initiated by Vicomte Louis-Michel Liger-Belair. The lots sold for more than double pre-sale high estimates, raising over HK$1 million, including Acker’s full buyer’s premium, for the Charity “A Hope for Lucas and Luna” for helping Luna (aged 7) and Lucas (aged 5) who are suffering from an ultra-rare blood disease Fanconi Anemia.
 
“AS GOOD AS IT GETS” – ONE OF THE WORLD’S FINEST COLLECTIONS OF BURGUNDY
Demand was incredibly strong for this magnificent collection (Lots 514-716). It was 100% sold and realized over its pre-sale high estimate. It featured all the greatest names of Burgundy such as Rousseau, DRC, Leroy, Vogue, Roumier, Dujac, Drouhin, Meo-Camuzet, Mugnier, Ponsot, Lignier, Dugat, Dugat-Py, Denis Bachelet, Roty, Mongeard-Mugneret, Angerville, Jadot, Leflaive, Lafon, Ramonet and more. The collection set over 40 new world records alone. The producers that led the world record way were 16 from Leroy, with 1996 Leroy Richebourg setting the pace at US$2,327 per bottle (Lot 663) and 7 from Rousseau, led by 2000 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze at US$793 per bottle (Lot 542).
 
 
Demand was intense too for a case of 1993 Dujac Clos de la Roche (HK$127,920/US$16,400, Lot 223, illustrated left), and that demand created another new world record. As did the intense bidding for a towering methuselah of Dujac Clos de la Roche 1996 (HK$78,720/US$10,092, Lot 594). Other notable lots were 12 bottles of 2005 Comte de Vogue Musigny (HK$98,400/US$12,615, Lot 573) and a case of 1995 DRC Assortment (HK$270,600/US$34,692, Lot 578). The collection also presented top white burgundies led by 6 bottles of 2002 Comte Lafon Montrachet (HK$108,240/US$13,877, Lot 692).
 
“THE EXECUTIVE CELLAR”
There was equally active bidding for extraordinary and rare wines in a world class collection (Lots 733-887) from an executive who has been collecting wines for over three decades. This consignment also focused on Burgundy, fanning out to cover Bordeaux Rhone, Champagne, Italy, California and Australia.
 
The reputation of this collector drove intense demand for the collection’s DRC lots. Among the spectacular DRC Romanée Conti lots were 2 bottles of the highly coveted 1990 (HK$270,600/US$34,692 Lot 766), 3 bottles of 1997 (HK$246,000/US$31,538, Lot 768), 2 bottles of 1995 (HK$177,120/US$22,708, Lot 767).
Incredibly rare La Tâche lots generated competition in the room and on the phone. Hghlights included an extraordinary lot of 6 magnums of 1985 in owc (HK$418,200/US$53,615, Lot 757), illustrated right), 6 bottles of 1990 (HK$221,400/US$28,385, Lot 758) and 1 magnum of 1990 (HK$68,880/US$8,831, Lot 759). Leroy was represented by two very rare cases: 12 bottles of 1985 Chambertin (HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 772) and 12 bottles of 1992 Musigny (HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 773), both world records.
 
 
White Burgundy fetched consistently remarkable prices, with collections of Leflaive, Lafon, Sauzet and Jadot showing the increasing demand by Hong Kong collectors for white Burgundy. The highest selling white Burgundy lot was 8 bottles of 1985 Montrachet (HK$492,000/US$63,077, Lot 794, illustrated left) from the “Executive Cellar,” another world record. Eight lots of Leflaive magnums in OWCs from 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2003 also all sold for world record prices.
 
LEGENDARY BORDEAUX
Legendary Bordeaux offered in the sale achieved spectacular results. Pétrus was highly coveted including a 12-bottle OWCs of the famed 1982 vintage (HK$442,800/US$56,769, Lot 731, illustrated right), and a 12-bottle case of 1989 (HK$369,000/US$47,308, Lot 732, illustrated right).  
 
10 outstanding bottles of 1959 Lafite in owc realized HK$221,400/US$28,385, Lot 391, illustrated left) and 12 bottles of 2000 Lafite in owc fetched HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 487).
 
Mouton also fetched strong prices, including 32 bottles of vintages 1955 to 1986 (HK$246,000/US$31,538, Lot 376) and 12 bottles of 2000 in owc (HK$147,600/US$18,923, Lot 503.)
 






DECEMBER HONG KONG SALE CONFIRMS ACKER #1 IN ASIA
WITH TOTAL HK$41,402,784/US$5,308,050
 
 
Hong Kong - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world's leading wine auctioneer and America's oldest fine wine merchant, concluded another record year in Asia with its 30th sale in Hong Kong held on 13th & 14th December 2013 at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Over 800 lots of some of the world’s most sought after wines on offer realized HK$41,402,784/US$5,308,050. The top lot of the sale was a superlot of 150 magnums of 2008 Latour in owc which fetched HK$1,180,800/US$151,385.
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit, commented after the sale: “Over 1100 World Records were set in 2013 despite some early headwinds for the fine and rare wine market overall. While total volume is down across the industry, we have seen some renewed energy this Fall in all segments, and collectors are actively looking to buy again. The global wine market is ending up on a healthy note and solid footing in 2013, and we look forward to its official conclusion Friday in New York. We also expect a fast and furious start to 2014, as we already have scheduled our first auction of the year in Asia on January 17-18. This will be a spectacular auction fit to welcome The Year of the Horse, highlighted by one of the world’s greatest collections of Burgundy and an amazing selection from ‘The Executive Cellar,’ another of the world’s finest collections. We are delighted that the world’s greatest collectors continue to choose Acker Merrall to represent them.
 
TWO SUPERLOTS OF 2008 LATOUR
Taking center stage in the sale were 150 magnums of the 2008 Latour in their original wooden cases from a discerning collector that realized HK$1,180,800/US$151,385 (Lot 633, illustrated right). Also from the same collection were 15 double magnums of 2008 Latour selling for HK$233,700/US$29,962, Lot 634, illustrated right).
 
BURGUNDY HIGHLIGHTS
A spectacular selection of Burgundy from various collections drew highly competitive bidding. La Tâche was in strong demand led by an extraordinary OWC containing 3 Jeroboams of 1990 La Tâche numbered #00001, #00002 and #00003 which fetched HK$984,000/US$126,154 (Lot 220, illustrated left). Other La Tâche highlights included 12 bottles of 2005 vintage (HK$295,200/US$37,846, Lot 765) and 12 bottles of 2002 in owc (HK$221,400/US$28,385, Lot 692) and a 1971 Jeroboam (HK$157,440/US$20,185, Lot 759).
Among the highly contested Henri Jayer wines were 12 bottles of 1999 Cros Parantoux (HK$541,200/US$69,385, Lot 233, illustrated right) 12 bottles of 1999 Échézeaux (HK$246,000/US$31,538, Lot 234) and 2 magnums of 1996 Henri Cros Parantoux (HK$177,120/US$22,708, Lot 63).
 
Another exceptional offering were 3 bottles of 1996 Romanée Conti that sold for HK$319,800/US$41,000 (Lot 61), well above pre-sale estimates. Three beautiful magnums of the 1971 Romanée Conti offered as parcel lots fetched HK$177,120/US$22,708 per lot, Lots 224-226), a bottle of 2001 Romanée Conti (HK$83,640/US$10,723, Lot 767) and 2 bottles of 2003 Romanée Conti (HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 768) were further highlights.
 
Collectors also bid actively for remarkable DRC Assortments in owc of 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Of note were a case of 1999 Assortment (HK$319,800/US$41,000, Lot 755) and a case of 1996 Assortment (HK$270,600/US$34,692, Lot 93).
 
A selection of rare Dujac Romanee-St.-Vivant achieved strong prices led by a case of 2009 that fetched HK$221,400/US$28,385 (Lot 595). Several world records were established for Dujac Romanee-St.-Vivant including a Jeroboam also of the 2009 vintage (HK$83,640/US$10,723 (Lot 597). A case of 1999 Rousseau Chambertin sold for HK$147,600/US$18,923 (Lot 602) and 2 magnums of 1976 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze fetched HK$46,740/US$5,992 (Lot 296), setting a new world record.
 
BORDEAUX TREASURES
Pétrus were keenly sought throughout the sale highlighted by 12 bottles of 1990 Pétrus in owc (HK$344,400/US$44,154, Lot 580, illustrated left). Six bottles of 2001 Pétrus realized HK$118,080/US$15,138, Lot 680), setting a new world record. Also on offer were 12 bottles of 2010 Pétrus in owc (HK$295,200/US$37,846 , Lot 416) and 12 bottles of 1989 Pétrus in owc (HK$344,400/US$44,154, Lot 537).
The sale presented four superb cases of 1982 Lafite in owc with one case selling at HK$369,000/US$47,308 (Lot 515, illustrated right) and a three-case parcel realizing HK$344,400/US$44,154 per case, Lots 558-560).
 
Other notable lots were 5 bottles of 1982 Le Pin (HK$270,600/US$34,692, Lot 522) and 12 bottles of 1998 Le Pin in owc (HK$270,600/US$34,692, Lot 567).
 
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
Bottles from Italy and California were also coveted in the sale represented by 12 bottles of 1985 Sassicaia (HK$246,000/US$31,538, Lot 583) and a two-case parcel of 2003 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (HK$147,600/US$18,923 (Lot 788-789).
 
Acker Merrall & Condit ~ ACKER ASIA EXPLODES INTO FALL SEASON


 
ACKER ASIA EXPLODES INTO FALL SEASON:

SEPTEMBER HONG KONG AUCTION 98% SOLD,
HK$50 MILLION/US$6.4 MILLION

108 NEW AUCTION WORLD RECORDS SET,
49 FROM THE SALE’S FEATURED COLLECTION
 
 
Hong Kong - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world's leading wine auctioneer and America's oldest fine wine merchant, launched the fall season in Hong Kong with a big bang and achieved an impressive total of over HK$50 Million/US$6.4 Million on 13 & 14 September at the Island Shangri-La and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
 
Among all the lots offered for sale, a large number realized prices well above the pre-sale high estimates. The sale was 98% sold and set 108 world auction records. There was frenzied bidding throughout the two-day sale especially for bottles rarely seen in the market. Several top-notch collections were presented including the featured collection of top Burgundy and Bordeaux consigned by ‘The Connoisseur Who Would Be King.’ This collection set 49 World Records and fetched a total of HK$9,114,300/US$1,168,500, significantly over the high estimate, proving yet again why the world’s greatest collectors continue to choose Acker Merrall to sell and buy their wines.
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, said: “Continuing the momentum of our New York auction last weekend, the atmosphere here in Hong Kong was electric. People and the media keep talking about there being an economic slowdown coming in Hong Kong or China, but I couldn’t see anything of the sorts this weekend. Collectors made a point of attending this auction in person because they simply didn’t want to miss it, and then spent practically three times more than absentee bidders, even though both categories essentially won the same number of lots. The participation of buyers from mainland China was particularly significant as they competed vigorously with collectors from Hong Kong and around the globe for some of the greatest wines in the world, driving the prices of many lots beyond their estimates. American buyers notably bought 18% of this sale, an important indicator of a balanced and strong global market. Several US collectors even made the trip to HK just for this sale and feasted accordingly. The sale was absolutely sensational, demonstrating strength in all categories in this current diverse market.”
 
Burgundy Gems – DRC, Jayer and Leroy Lead the Way
 
Remarkable prices were achieved for fine Burgundy indicating its persistent and growing popularity in the market. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortments were highly coveted and all sold for prices well above pre-sale expectations. Highlights included a two-case parcel of 1999 DRC Assortment in their original wooden cases (HK$442,800/US$56,769 per case, Lot 268-269, illustrated right), 2000 DRC Assortment (Lot 919) and 2001 DRC Assortment (Lot 920) in banded owc (HK$270,600/US$34,692 per case). Further highlights were 6 magnums of 1999 La Tâche in owc (HK$393,600/US$50,462, Lot 644), and 6 bottles of 1990 La Tâche (HK$221,400/US$28,385, Lot 921). Prices for Romanée Conti were also strong. 3 bottles of 2010 in banded owc sold for (HK$295,200/US$37,846, Lot 309), 3 bottles of 2003 for (HK$270,600/US$34,692, Lot 288) and 3 bottles of 2008 for (HK$270,600/US$34,692, Lot 289). A magnum of 2007 sold for a World Record price of HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 558). Also of note were 6 bottles of 1971 DRC Richebourg selling for HK$246,000/ US$31,538 (Lot 744), well over the high estimate and also setting a new World Record. In all, eleven new World Records were set for DRC.
 
 
 
A rare lot comprising 9 bottles of 1971 Échézeaux in pristine condition from a case bottled by Henri Jayer especially for Alexis Lichine achieved a strong price of HK$307,500/US$39,423 (Lot 687A). Another rare Jayer case of 1993 Échézeaux fetched HK$344,400/US$44,153 (Lot 234).
 
A World Record was set for 12 bottles of 2005 Leroy Romanée St. Vivant in owc that realized HK$344,400/US$44,153 (Lot 242). An impressive fifteen new world records were set for Leroy in this auction; in addition, eight were set for Rousseau, seven for Dujac, six for Meo-Camuzet and three for Liger-Belair. 2009’s were very sought-after, notably 12 bottles of 2009 Dujac Romanée-St.-Vivant (lot 334), selling far above high estimate at HK$177,120/US$22,737, as did 3 magnums of 2009 La Romanée from Liger-Belair (Lot 513) which also sold for HK$177,120/US$22,737, both World Records.
 
The breadth of demand for Burgundy was highly notable, an important indicator of a healthy, growing market. World record prices were also set by Vogue, Roumier, Fourrier, Mugnier, Drouhin, Mongeard-Mugneret, Bouchard, Mortet, Mugneret, Clair Dau and Sauzet.
 
The Rejuvenation of Bordeaux Continues
 
The sale reflected the rejuvenation of demand for Bordeaux especially of the best vintages with excellent provenance. Pétrus was in high demand and the top selling lot was a 12-bottle case of 1982 Pétrus in owc which achieved HK$479,700/US$61,500 (Lot 541, illustrated right). Other notable Pétrus lots were two parcel cases of 2005 in banded owc (HK$295,200/US$37,846 per case, Lot 370-371) and 6 bottles of 2000 (HK$196,800/US$25,230, Lot 213).
 
 
Bidding was keen for rare Bordeaux of old vintages. The hammer went down after a fierce battle for 6 bottles of 1961 Mouton that sold for HK$246,000/US$31,538 (Lot 701), more than double the pre-sale high estimate. Strong demand for 6 bottles of 1966 Haut Brion (Lot 692) drove its price to HK$108,240/US$13,895, a price almost ten times above the pre-sale high estimate!
 
A magnum of 1998 Le Pin fetched HK$59,040/US$7,569, establishing a new World Record (Lot 677). Multi-case parcels from famous vintages of Pétrus, Lafleur, Lafite, Latour, Haut Brion, Mouton and Margaux were all in demand, led by a three-case parcel of 6 bottles of 1998 Pétrus in owc (HK$137,760/US$17,662 per case, Lot 633-635).
 
Screaming Eagle
 
There was enthusiastic response in the market for superb vintages of Screaming Eagle which all saw healthy demand. A rare full case of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon of its 1992 debut vintage realized HK$442,800/US$56,769 (Lot 687, illustrated right). 12 bottles of 2002 in owc (HK$186,960/US$23,969, Lot 304), 12 bottles of 2001 (HK$177,120/US$22,708, Lot 303) and 12 bottles of 2003 (HK$157,440/US$20,185, Lot 305) were further highlights.
 



 
ACKER’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY 2013 MAY HONG KONG AUCTION
 
ACHIEVES OVER HK$46 Million / US$5.9 Million
 
CONFIRMS ACKER’S #1 POSITION IN ASIA IN 2013
 
SETS 96 NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORDS LED BY BURGUNDY & BORDEAUX
 
 
Hong Kong - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world's leading wine auctioneer and America's oldest fine wine merchant, realized a total of HK$46,032,012/US$5,901,540 in its Hong Kong auction on 31 May & 1 June at the Island Shangri-La and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and was 94% sold. The auction marked the 5th anniversary of Acker's auction business in Asia and featured over 1,100 lots of the world’s finest and rarest wines, including a direct consignment of Premier and Grand Crus from the cellars of the great Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. So far in 2013, Acker’s Hong Kong auctions have totaled over HK$137.2 Million/US$17.59 Million, affirming Acker’s leadership position in the Asia region.
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, said: “The sale was a significant milestone in our history as we celebrated our 5th anniversary of auctioning the finest and rarest wines in Hong Kong. It is amazing to think how different the fine wine market is today compared to five years ago, and we are very proud to have played such an important role. In this past auction, Bordeaux was noticeably stronger, as the lack of demand for 2012 futures was replaced by savvy collectors satisfying their appetite with older vintages. It was no surprise that Burgundy was successful, but the whites stood out as being more active than usual, a great sign for the market and collectors. No doubt the record-setting heat wave convinced a collector or two now is the time to cool down with more white wine! It was another winning weekend in Hong Kong, and great to finish up the first half of 2013 leading the market in Asia yet again.”
 
COLLECTION COMPRISING 1982 FIRST GROWTH BORDEAUX, SEVEN VINTAGES OF ROMANÉE-CONTI
The auction kicked off on Friday evening at the Island Shangri-La with an exceptional array of Burgundy and Bordeaux. Taking center-stage was an eye-catching collection of Romanée-Conti and 1982 Bordeaux. Seven vintages of Romanée-Conti attracted competitive bidding. The top lot was an original wooden case of 12 bottles of 1988 Romanée-Conti that achieved HK$1,131,600/US$145,077 (Lot 230). Further Romanée-Conti highlights from this collection were 6 bottles of 1997 in owc (HK$467,400/US$59,923, Lot 234), 3 bottles of 1990 (HK$393,600/US$50,462, Lot 232), 3 bottles of 1999 (HK$319,800/US$41,000, Lot 235), 3 bottles of 1985 (HK$270,600/US$34,692, Lot 229) and 3 bottles of 1993 (HK$246,000/US$31,538, Lot 233).
This collection included superb 1982 Bordeaux First Growths. The top lot among
those wines was an original wooden case of 12 bottles of 1982 Pétrus that sold for HK$492,000/US$63,077 (Lot 225, illustrated right).
 
DIRECT CONSIGNMENT FROM THE CELLARS OF LIGER-BELAIR
A direct consignment from one of Burgundy’s top estates, the Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, achieved fantastic results with nearly all of the lots achieving prices above pre-sale estimates. All lots were direct from the Domaine’s cellars in Vosne-Romanée and Vicomte Louis-Michel Liger-Belair from the Domaine was also in Hong Kong for this special occasion. On offer were instant collections of every wine made by the Domaine from 2009 to
2011, as well as an original wooden 3 magnum case of the very rare 2010 La Romanée which sold for HK$177,120/US$22,708 (Lot 221).
Other highlights were 6 bottles of 2008 La Romanée (HK$78,720/US$10,092, Lot 214), plus verticals of two of Liger-Belair’s rarest wines: 6 magnums of 2006-2011 Vosne-Romane Aux Brulees (HK$83,640/US$10,723, Lot 207, illustrated left) and a vertical comprising 18 bottles of Échézeaux from 2006-2011 (HK$83,640/US$10,723, Lot 208). Both vertical lots were sold in custom owcs created by the Domaine for this auction.
 
PRISTINE BORDEAUX COLLECTION IN MINT CONDITION OF A LONGSTANDING COLLECTOR
There was spirited bidding for Bordeaux First Growths and Super Seconds of top vintages from a California private collection. Almost all of these cases were bought on futures and lay unopened and untouched in perfect condition until this auction.
 
On offer were three-parcel cases of 1989 Haut Brion in their original wooden cases, with one case selling at HK$137,760/US$17,662, and the two others at HK$127,920/US$16,400 each (Lot 17-19). Two cases of 1996 Lafite in owc from a five-parcel lot realized HK$127,920/US$16,400 (Lot 37-38).
 
Other jewels included three-parcel cases of the sought-after 1995 Pétrus in owc: two cases sold for HK$177,120/US$22,708 each (Lot 81-82, illustrated right). Original wooden cases of 2000 Lafite (HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 42) and 2000 Lafleur (HK$147,600/US$18,923, Lot 43, illustrated right) were further highlights.
 
A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN’S SPECTACULAR COLLECTION
Acker Merrall was honored to once again offer the wines from one of Europe’s greatest collectors, a collection that showcased a treasure chest of incredible wines both old and new.
 
The collection featured famous older Bordeaux such as 1947 Mouton in magnum (HK$49,200/US$6,308, Lot 355) and a bottle of the extremely rare and phenomenal 1950 Pétrus (HK$41,820/US$5,362, Lot 401). Full cases of Bordeaux monuments were also auctioned such as 1964 Lafleur in owc that sold for HK$246,000/US$31,538 (Lot 296, illustrated right) and 1975 Pétrus in owc (HK$196,800/US$25,231, Lot 405).
 
Older Burgundy stars from this collection were just as sought after, led by a 12-bottle case of 1962 Leroy Musigny in owc (HK$319,800/US$41,000, Lot 463) a full case of 1969 DRC Richebourg (HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 449), and two bottles of the legendary 1947 Vogue Musigny (HK$78,720/US$10,092, Lot 434).
 
A SCIENTIFICALLY BALANCED CELLAR
This outstanding consignment came from the cellar of one of the world’s most renowned collectors and scientists. Auction highlights included 2009 Pétrus in a banded owc of 6 bottles which sold for HK$177,120/US$22,708 (Lot 594) and 6 bottles of 2005 Le Pin (HK$108,240/US$13,877, Lot 580).
Notable among the many successes from this collection was a banded OWC of the 2001 DRC assorted case which sold for HK$221,400/US$28,385 (Lot 618).

EXTRAORDINARY FRENCH COLLECTION
One of many highlights of the two day auction were the outstanding wines from this European collector. A ten vintage super lot of Romanée-Conti from 1997 to 2007 sold for HK$836,400/US$107,231 after spirited bidding (Lot 787, illustrated right).
Another rarity was a tremendous ten case parcel of 1988 Krug Clos du Mesnil, 3 cases of which sold for HK$157,440/US$20,185 (Lot 838-840 illustrated left). A 12-bottle case of 2000 Lafite from this collection fetched HK$177,120/US$22,708 (Lot 708).
 
 
Acker Merrall & Condit ~ ACKER MERRALL & CONDIT’S 2013 MARCH HONG KONG AUCTION


 
ACKER MERRALL & CONDIT’S 2013 MARCH HONG KONG AUCTION
 
ACHIEVES A GRAND TOTAL OF HK$38,253,492 & 94% SOLD
 
AUCTION SETS 97 NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORDS
 
INCLUDING 11 FOR LEROY, 10 FOR RAVENEAU, 5 FOR LAFLEUR, 4 FOR PETRUS
 
 
HONG KONG - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world's leading wine auctioneer and America's oldest fine wine merchant, continued the strong momentum this year by achieving impressive results in its two-day sale held on 22 and 23 March at Island Shangri-La and Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong. Some of the world’s most outstanding fine wines from France’s most revered properties were featured in the sale which totaled over HK$38.25M/US$4.94M and was 94% sold.
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, said: “I was quite pleased to see Bordeaux have a nice bounce in the salesroom, as people were quite active, particularly for wines with ten years of bottle age or more, and results for Lafite and Petrus also stood out. While most of the recent talk in HK has been about Burgundy, it felt like Bordeaux was once again in charge – after getting a hall pass from DRC, of course.”
 
AN EXQUISITE COLLECTION OF SEVEN VINTAGES OF ROMANEE-CONTI
  Burgundy was on fine display thanks to Romanée-Conti (Lots 704-713) featuring seven vintages of Romanée Conti in multiple bottle lots. The top lot of the auction was an original wooden case of 12 bottles of 1988 Romanée Conti that realized HK$984,000/US$126,154 (Lot 707). Further highlights included 3 bottles of 1990 (HK$344,400/US$44,154, Lot 709) and 3 bottles of the great 1999 (HK$295,200/US$37,846, Lot 713).
 
FOUR IMPORTANT FEATURED COLLECTIONS
Four featured collections in the sale showcased a wide array of superb and rare offerings of coveted vintages. The first represented a serious cellar of Bordeaux and Burgundy’s great estates (Lot 1-90). Among the highlights were an original wooden case of 12 bottles of 1982 Lafite (HK$442,800/US$56,769, Lot 6) and a very rare original wooden case of 3 double magnums of 1990 Pétrus (HK$590,400/ US$75,692, Lot 41, illustrated right), which was a world record . A bottle of 1947 Petrus also set a world record, selling for HK$118,080/US$15,138 (Lot 39).
 
Leading the Burgundy section was an original wooden case of 1962 Leroy Richebourg (HK$344,400/US$44,153, Lot 65, illustrated left), another world record, leading the charge for eleven new world records for Leroy. Other highlights included an original wooden case of 1962 Leroy Romanée St. Vivant (HK$221,400/US$28,384, Lot 67) and 12 bottles of the highly sought after 2009 Rousseau Chambertin (HK$108,240 /US$13,876, Lot 44).
 
Another featured collection came from a knowledgeable collector who is passionate about provenance (Lots 260-489). Major performers included an original wooden case of 3 bottles of 1999 Romanée Conti (HK$319,800/US$41,000, Lot 365) as well as a lot containing 6 bottles of 2000 Pétrus (HK$196,800/US$25,230, Lot 329, illustrated right). The spotlight also shone on 12 bottles of 1996 Lafite (HK$$137,760/US$17,661, Lot 10), an original wooden case of 2000 Lafite (HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 290), a magnum of 1990 La Tache (HK$83,640/US$10,723, Lot 362) and 2 magnums of 2005 Comte de Vogue Musigny (HK$59,040/US$7,569, Lot 359).
 
The third featured collection from one of Europe’s leading collectors (Lots 91-221), featured an extraordinary selection of white Burgundies from great vintages such as Roulot, Sauzet, Henri Boillot, LeMoine and Bouchard. High points included 42 perfectly stored lots from one of France’s most respected estates, Raveneau, which resulted in ten new world records for the Domaine, led by a rare 6 magnum lot of 2005 Chablis Clos (HK$59,040/US$7,569, Lot 140) and a two-case parcel of 2006 Chablis Clos (HK$31,980/US$4,100, Lot 141-142, illustrated left).
 
There was also an unprecedented offering of Trimbach’s Clos Ste. Hune Riesling, a wine that competes with the greatest of grand cru white Burgundies. Among the 20 lots of this iconic wine on offer were 9 bottles of 1983 that fetched HK$34,440/US$4,415, Lot 194) .
 
The last featured collection came from a collector with a keen eye toward premier producers and top vintages (Lot 714-861). Big format rarities of this collection realized strong prices, highlighted by a world record price for a jeroboam of 1975 Petrus (HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 805) and a Jeroboam of 1989 La Mission Haut Brion selling for (HK$73,800/US$9,462, Lot 746). Also of note were 6 magnums of 2000 Lafite (HK$196,800/US$25,231, Lot 753, illustrated right). An exceptional vertical of 18 bottles of Yquem beginning with 1934 achieved HK$157,440/US$20,185 (Lot 816).
 
DRC HIGHLIGHTS
There was great interest throughout the sale for the world’s leading producer, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (DRC), marked by 12 bottles of 1999 DRC Assortment in original wooden case (HK$344,400/ US$44,154, Lot 688), 3 bottles of 2001 Romanée Conti (HK$270,600/US$34,692, Lot 690) and 3 bottles of 2004 Romanée Conti (HK$221,400/US$28,385, Lot 691) .
 
2009 BORDEAUX HIGHLIGHTS
A special section of the sale was devoted to parcels of the top Chateaux from the heralded 2009 vintage, featuring Carruades, Haut Brion, La Mission, Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Mouton as well as Cheval Blanc and Pétrus all in pristine original wooden cases. Highlights included 12 bottles of 2009 Petrus in banded owc (HK$344,400/US$44,153, Lot 249), 6 bottles of 2009 Petrus in owc (HK$186,960/US$23,969, Lot 250), case parcels of 2009 Lafite in original wood (HK$127,920/US$16,400 each, Lot 235-237) as well as Latour (HK$127,920/US$16,400 each, Lot 240-242) .
 
 



 
ACKER MERRALL & CONDIT’S 2013 JANUARY HONG KONG AUCTION ACHIEVES TREMENDOUS RESULT OF OVER HK$52 MILLION/US$6.78 MILLION

DIRECT CONSIGNMENTS FROM DOMAINE DUJAC & DOMAINE ROULOT
SHATTER HIGH ESTIMATES, 115 NEW WORLD RECORDS SET AT THE SALE

TREASURES FROM TWO OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST COLLECTIONS TOGETHER GENERATE HK$24.2M/US$3.1M, NEARLY HALF OF THE TOTAL SALE
 
 
 
Hong Kong - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world’s leading wine auctioneer and America’s oldest fine wine merchant, held its first 2013 Hong Kong sale on 25 and 26 January and achieved an impressive total of HK$52,900,086/US$6.78M that was 96% sold. Two featured collections together generated HK$24.2 Million/US$3.1 Million, representing nearly half of the sale total, while the first direct consignments ever from Domaines Dujac and Roulot set new bars for these Domaines after an absolute frenzy in the salesroom, shattering most high estimates.
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, said: “This was as good a start to 2013 as we could have asked for. The salesroom was packed, clients were bidding actively live online, and the absentee bids received before the sale were an all-time high for us here in Hong Kong. The four amazing and extraordinary consignments that were the cornerstones of this sale brought numerous bidders out for the auction, as they appreciated the rare opportunity to see such an extensive selection of gloriously mature fine wines together with unique parcels direct from two of Burgundy’s elite producers, Domaine Dujac and Domaine Roulot. The enthusiastic market response reflected the persistent demand for fine and rare wines, and that things are looking up for 2013. We will continue to offer top treasures from the World’s finest cellars, combined with great direct consignments from the world’s finest Estates in all the best appellations. This should be a great year for the wine market.”
 
HISTORICAL DIRECT OFFERINGS FROM DOMAINE DUJAC& DOMAINE ROULOT
Historic prices were recorded for the first-ever direct offerings from Domaine Dujac and Domaine Roulot, with many lots doubling and tripling their pre-sale estimates. An astounding 60 new World Records were set for wines from Dujac out of 70 unique lots offered! Handpicked by Jeremy Seysses, co-proprietor of the famous Burgundy Domaine, the collection of Domaine Dujac was of immaculate provenance and in mint condition, all in original wooden or cardboard cases. Among the highlights from the staggering and comprehensive selection of the Dujac portfolio were 6 magnums of 1985 Clos de la Roche (HK$344,400/US$44,154, Lot 222), and a Jeroboam of 1978 Clos de la Roche in owc (HK$177,120/US$22,708, Lot 221). Also of note were 6 bottles of 1978 Echézeaux that realized HK$196,800/US$25,231 (Lot 183, illustrated right), over three times the pre-sale high estimate.
 
In the direct consignment from Domaine Roulot, records were set as buyers accounted for the top fifteen most valuable lots ever sold in the history of the Domaine. The star lot was a one-of-a-kind Methuselah of 2011 Meursault Clos des Bouchères, one of only two “first growth” monopoles in all of Meursault, which achieved HK$78,720/US$10,092 (Lot 154A), more than three times the estimate. Further highlights included 4 Jeroboams of Perrières from 2007 to 2010, each in owc (HK$137,760/US$17,662, Lot 169, illustrated left), 6 magnums of Perrières from 1976 to 1985 in owc (HK$127,920/US$16,400, Lot 163) and 6 magnums of Charmes from 1976 to 1986 in owc (HK$83,640/US$10,723, Lot 157).
 
TWO OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST COLLECTIONS
Representing almost half of the lots in this sale, two of the world’s greatest collections were prominently represented. One of the featured collections was offered by a noted physician who has accumulated his cellar over the last forty years, acquiring many of his oldest jewels in the 1980s. Twenty-six new World Records were set by this special collection. DRC highlights from this collection included 6 magnums of 1990 DRC Assortment (HK$541,200/US$69,385, Lot 877), 12 bottles of 1999 DRC Assortment in banded owc (HK$344,400/US$44,154, Lot 879), a Jeroboam of 1976 Romanée Conti (HK$196,800/US$25,231, Lot 910) and 4 bottles of the legendary 1978 DRC Montrachet (HK$246,000/US$31,538, Lot 960), two of which were World Records.
 
Bordeaux jewels with superb provenance were also on offer, and the market responded accordingly setting new World Records for the following legendary wines: a magnum of 1945 Vogue Musigny (HK$295,200/US$37,846, Lot 873), a magnum of 1949 Cheval Blanc (HK$98,400/US$12,615, Lot 730), a magnum of 1953 Margaux (HK$88,560/US$11,354, Lot 787) and a magnum of 1961 Lafleur (HK$157,440/US$20,185, Lot 762), as well as a bottle of 1947 Petrus (HK$98,400/US$12,615, Lot 808) and a bottle of 1961 Latour a Pomerol (HK$93,480/US$11,985, Lot 779).

A 12-bottle case of 1982 Petrus in owc fetched HK$492,000/US$63,077 (Lot 822). Further ancient treasures included 3 bottles of the legendary 1961 Pétrus (HK$295,200/US$37,846, Lot 811, illustrated right) and a very rare Jeroboam of 1961 Latour (HK$270,600/US$34,692, Lot 775).
 
In the other featured collection, mint original cases of top Bordeaux and vinous treasures were offered. All wines from this collection were in outstanding condition, many of which had not moved since original acquisition. Significant lots included 12 bottles of 2001 Le Pin in owc (HK$221,400/US$28,385, Lot 359), 12 bottles of 2000 Lafite in owc (HK$167,280/US$21,446, Lot 342), 12 bottles of 2000 Lafleur in owc (HK$147,600/US$18,923, Lot 346), 12 bottles of 2000 Mouton in owc (HK$118,080/US$15,138, Lot 399) and 6 magnums of 2004 Petrus (HK$147,600/US$18,923, Lot 410).
 




Acker Merrall & Condit November Hong Kong Sale
 
Achieves Total of HK$46.8 Million/US$6 Million
 
84 New World Records Set Including Six for DRC Romanée-Conti
 
Hong Kong - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world’s leading wine auctioneer and America’s oldest fine wine merchant, continued the strong momentum of its autumn season in its Hong Kong sale held on 9 & 10 November 2012at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. A total of HK$ 46.8 million /US$ 6 million was achieved in the two-day sale featuring over 1,000 lots of some of the world’s most sought after wines. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti dominated the weekend’s auction, accounting for nine out of the sale’s top ten lots, and an astonishing thirty out of thirty-six. The top two lots were a 12-bottle case of the 1988 Romanée-Conti selling for HK$1,033,200/US$132,462 and three bottles of the exceedingly rare 2005 Romanée - Conti, which fetched HK$541,200/US$69,385, establishing a new world auction record per bottle of this wine .
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, commented after the sale: “Domaine de la Romanée-Conti asserted itself this sale as the world’s most important producer, and the wine after which the producer is named set an amazing six new world records for six different vintages from the last decade. There was strong demand in Burgundy overall, and we also saw considerable interest in the wines from the Rhone, Germany and Italy. The market continues to diversify, and the next two months will bring direct consignments and appearances in Hong Kong from Gaja, Dujac and Roulot, along with two blockbuster auctions, the likes of which we haven’t seen since 2011. We’re excited to close out the Chinese calendar year in grand fashion!”
 
DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE-CONTI
Romanée-Conti once again dominated the top ten lots. The top price was achieved by an extraordinary 12 -bottle case of 1988 Romanée - Conti in their original wooden case that fetched HK$1,033,200/US$132,462 (Lot 840, illustrated right) after spirited bidding. Further Romanée-Conti highlights included 6 bottles of 1993 (HK$541,200/US$69,385, Lot 843), 6 bottles of 1997 (HK$492,000/US$63,077, Lot 844), 6 bottles of 1989 (HK$442,800/US$56,769, Lot 841), 3 bottles of 1990 Romanée-Conti (HK$418,200/US$53,615, Lot 842) and 3 bottles of 2009 Romanée-Conti (HK$369,000/US$47,308, Lot 862). In addition, world records were set for the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages.
 
PREMIER FEATURED COLLECTION FROM A PRESTIGIOUS AMERICAN COLLECTOR
Strong prices were commanded by the astonishing collection of Romanée Conti led by 3 bottles of the highly coveted 2005 Romanée - Conti in banded owc selling for HK$541,200/US$69,385 (Lot 735), surpassing the high estimate of HK $ 400,000 and setting a world record price per bottle of this wine. A 5-bottle lot of 1998 and 1999 Romanée-Conti fetched HK$442,800/US$56,769 (Lot 727) while 3 bottles of 2002 Romanée-Conti sold for HK$418,200/US$53,615 (Lot 731), a new world record.
 
Extremely rare double magnums of Screaming Eagle also sold from this collection. A double magnum of 1993 (Lot 816) and another double magnum of 1994 (Lot 817) achieved HK$118,080/US$15,138 each.
 
EXTRAORDINARY PARCEL FROM A DISTINGUISHED HONG KONG COLLECTOR
Featuring legendary wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy, this unique collection created great sensation in the sale. Important lots from this eminent Hong Kong collector included 12 bottles of 1990 DRC Assortment (HK$393,600/US$50,462, Lot 225, illustrated right), and 12 bottles of 2005 La Tâche in owc (HK$369,000/US$47,308, Lot 238).
 
EXCLUSIVE OFFERINGS DIRECT FROM DOMAINE FAIVELEY & DOMAINE HUBERT LIGNIER
Vinous treasures direct from Domaine Faiveley and Domaine Hubert Lignier were specially presented in this sale, including mixed lots of Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines in both standard and large format. Notable lots of Domaine Faiveley included a 6-bottle vertical of Musigny from 2005 to 2010 (HK$108,240/US$13,877, Lot 339) and a 72-bottle Corton vertical from 2005 to 2010 (HK$78,720/US$10,092, Lot 337).
 
Domaine Hubert Lignier highlights were 12 bottles of Clos de la Roche of the vintages 1999 and 2002 (HK$41,820/US$5,362, Lot 349), a highly sought-after 1988 Clos de la Roche in Methuselah (HK$39,360/US$5,046, Lot 347) and 6 bottles of 1978 Charmes Chambertin (HK$27,060/US$3,469, Lot 346).
 


 
 
ACKER MERRALL & CONDIT HONG KONG SALE
Achieves a Spectacular Total of Over HK$61.8 Million /US$7.9 Million
36% of Lots Sold for Prices Above High Estimates
*88 New World Records Set, 47 for Champagne
From the Legendary Collection of Robert Rosania*
 
Hong Kong - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world’s leading wine auctioneer and America’s oldest fine wine merchant, started the autumn sale season in Hong Kong with fantastic results. Held on 21 & 22 September 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, it was the largest wine auction of the new season so far, achieving a spectacular total of HK$61,796,676/US$ 7,922,651 with 98% sold, including 36% of lots selling for prices above their high estimates. The legendary Champagne Collection of Robert Rosania generated immense interest from worldwide collectors and realized nearly US$1 million in total. Eighty-eight new world records were set, including forty-seven for Champagne, amongst those twelve for Krug, eight for Roederer and six for Salon.
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, said, “We are thrilled with the remarkable results of our first sale of the Fall here in Hong Kong, in which nearly HK$8 million of Champagne from the collection of Robert Rosania was sold. I don’t think there is another collection in the world that could achieve such a fact, and Champagne lovers and connoisseurs took notice, including the world’s #1 Champagne expert Richard Juhlin, who joined us in Hong Kong this week to witness this sensational event. The sale is a testament to the growing strength of the global Champagne market. I was impressed by local collectors’ passion and appetite for Champagne, which showed me that the market is continuing to strengthen by diversifying. I was also impressed with the demand for older wines in general, which is a sign that the market is maturing, pun intended. Fine and rare Bordeaux and Burgundy wines still dominated the Top Ten lots, showing the intense demand that still remains for those wines in the marketplace, led by Mouton Rothschild, DRC, Henri Jayer, Latour, Petrus and Lafite Rothschild. Bordeaux regained a bit of bounce in the salesroom, another good sign.”
 
THE CHAMPAGNE COLLECTION OF ROBERT ROSANIA
 
The extraordinary offering from Robert Rosania, the world’s greatest champagne collector, attracted enthusiastic bidding throughout the sale. Rare bottles from the most famous and legendary Champagne houses were featured in this incredible consignment. The top lot was 6 bottles of 1959 Salon, which achieved a record price of HK$221,400/US$28,385 (Lot 672, illustrated right).

Also of note were the rare Vintage Krug offerings, amongst which 12 new World Records were set. Top selling lots included 12 bottles of 1982 Clos du Mesnil selling for HK$147,600/US$18,923 (Lot 871), and 12 bottles of 1988 Clos du Mesnil realizing HK$147,600/US$18,923 (Lot 872). 12 bottles of 1979 Krug sold for HK$98,400/US$12,615 (Lot 844). A single bottle of rarest 1966 Blanc de Blancs achieved HK$108,240/US$13,877 (Lot 869). 1966 is often hailed as the best vintage from Champagne’s greatest decade. This is the only vintage ever made of this wine and only 500 bottles were made. Fetching the exact same price was also a rare bottle of 1947 Krug Collection (Lot 826).
 
Other notable Champagne lots included:
A bottle of 1911 Moet & Chandon (HK$83,640/US$10,723, Lot 93)
A magnum of 1964 Roederer Cristal (HK$54,120/US$6,938, Lot 109)
12 bottles of 1990 Roederer Cristal (HK$59,040/US$7,570, Lot 453)
6 bottles of 1976 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (HK$98,400/US$12,615, Lot 657), nearly tripling its pre-sale high estimate
6 magnums of 1985 Salon (HK$73,800/US$9,462, Lot 680)
6 magnums of 1996 Salon (HK$54,120/US$6,938, Lots 695-696)
 
SUPERB BORDEAUX TREASURES
 
Bordeaux regained some strength in the market, accounting for seven of the Top 10 selling lots of this sale. Strong prices were realized for a super vertical of 67 bottles of Mouton Rothschild that sold for HK$541,200/US$69,385 (Lot 818) and a 56-bottle vertical of Latour selling for HK$393,600/US$50,462 (Lot 817).

A case of 1982 Lafite in owc fetched HK$344,400/US$44,154 (Lot 241, illustrated left), while Petrus highlights included a case of the legendary 1982 vintage (HK$393,600/US$50,462, Lot 821), a two-case parcel of 1990 (HK$344,400/US$44,154 per lot, Lot 619-620) and a case of 1989 in owc (HK$344,400/US$44,154, Lot 610).
 
PRESTIGIOUS JAYER AND DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE CONTI
 
Prestigious Burgundy and DRC bottles commanded impressive prices. The top lot of this section was 10 bottles of 1987 Henri Jayer Richebourg which realized HK$467,400/US$59,923 (Lot 410) after spirited bidding. An exceptional 12-bottle case of 1990 La Tâche achieved HK$418,200/US$53,615 (Lot 294, illustrated right). Strong bids were recorded for the sensational 2005 La Tâche in banded original wooden cases. A 12-bottle lot of this vintage sold for HK$369,000/US$47,308 (Lot 988) and another 6-bottle lot sold for HK$186,960/US$23,969 (Lot 738).
 
Further DRC highlights included:
3 bottles of 2007 Romanée Conti in owc (HK$221,400/US$28,385, Lot 755)
3 bottles of 2008 Romanée Conti in owc (HK$246,000/US$31,538, Lot 756)
3 bottles of 2009 Romanée Conti in banded owc (HK$319,800/US$41,000, Lot 1002)
 
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Acker Ends Spring Season in Hong Kong on High Note with
Impressive Results of HK$70+ Million/US$9+ Million

Spectacular Collection of Ancient Treasures from Chateau Latour
And Direct Consignments from Comte Liger-Belair &
Chateau de La Tour Clos Vougeot Create Sensation in the Market,
With Results 90% Over Combined High Estimates

55 New World Records Including 12 for Chateau Latour
Acker’s Results Exceed Combined Sales of Other Major Wine Auctions
In Hong Kong this Weekend, Cementing its #1 Status in the World

Hong Kong - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world’s leading wine auctioneer and America’s oldest fine wine merchant, held its May Hong Kong sale on May 25th & 26th 2012 and achieved an impressive total of HK$70+Million/US$9+Million and was 95% sold. Over 1,000 lots world-class fine wines on offer generated immense interest from collectors all over the world.

ORIGINAL CHATEAU LATOUR WINES FROM A NOBLE FRENCH FAMILY
The original Chateau Latour bottles came directly from one of the former owners of this historic property and were lying in their ancient cellars in France until this sale. They created enormous interest in the market and an absolute sensation in the salesroom. A stunning array of some of the rarest bottles of Chateau Latour in the world was offered, starting with the legendary 1905 vintage all the way up to 1985, with the collection achieving over double the high estimate and HK$14,244,695/US$1,826,243. All bottles came from a completely original and untouched cellar of Chateau Latour wines, left to mature in their completely original state with the original corks, capsules, labels and cases. This kind of condition does not even exist in the cellars of Chateau Latour itself.

Rarities from this prestigious collection included a case of 1945 Latour which sold for HK$934,800/US$119,846 (Lot 628), nearly three times the pre-sale high estimate. Two other cases of 1945 realized HK$787,200/US$100,923 each (Lot 629-630) and a case of 1961 sold for HK$836,400/US$107,231 (Lot 665), also three times its high estimate. A parcel of 3 cases of 1949 Latour fetched strong prices, with one case selling for HK$467,400/US$59,923 (Lot 639), more than doubling the high estimate. Two parcel cases of the 1959 vintage sold for HK$442,800/US$56,769 each (Lot 662-663), doubling the high estimate.

 

John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, commented after the sale: “This sale proved that Hong Kong’s appetite is still voracious when it comes the world’s most exceptional collections.  The sensational offering of original and very rare Chateau Latour treasures spanning nearly a century witnessed an incredible bidding fervor, as did the direct consignments from Comte Liger-Belair and Chateau de La Tour in Clos Vougeot.  While Burgundy dominated the top selling lots thanks to Domaine de la Romanee Conti and Henri Jayer, this once-in-a-lifetime consignment of Chateau Latour stole the spotlight, as bidders recognized the impeccable provenance of this offering.  We were also quite pleased to exceed the combined results of the other two major wine auctions this weekend.  Asia knows that when it comes to the world’s finest collections, A is for Acker.”
 


CHATEAU DE LA TOUR & COMTE LIGER-BELAIR
Wines from Chateau de la Tour and Liger-Belair also attracted significantly strong bidding, as buyers responded to not only the personal presence of owners Francois Labet and Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, but also events showcasing numerous vintages of their incredible wines.  Notable lots from Chateau de la Tour included six bottles of rarest 1945 (only 125 cases produced in total) achieving HK$78,720/US$10,092 (Lot 278), nearly double the high estimate, and 12 magnums of Clos Vougeot 1979 and 1985 in original wooden cases realizing HK$157,440/US$20,185 (Lot 281), nearly four times the pre-sale high estimate.  Highlights from Liger-Belair included a unique 12-bottle case of 2009 La Romanee in original wooden case which sold for HK$246,000/US$31,538 (Lot 292), and six bottles of 2002 La Romanee setting a new world record at HK$108,240 /US$13,877 (Lot 239). 

OTHER TOP LOTS
Lots of significant vintages of Romanee Conti commanded strong prices, highlighted by an original wooden case of 1990 (HK$1,476,000/US$189,231, Lot 276) which was the top-selling Burgundy lot of the sale. Other marvels included a case of 1988 (HK$885,600/US$113,538, Lot 275), a case of 2004 (HK$885,600/US$113,538, Lot 729), a case of 1993 (HK$885,600/US$113,538, Lot 277) and 6 bottles of 2001 (HK$467,400/US$59,923, Lot 728). Notable offerings also included cases of 1999 H. Jayer Cros Parantoux (HK$541,200/US$69,385, Lot 260) and 12 bottles of 1990 La Tache (HK$467,400/US$59,923, Lot 335).

An exceptional array of Bordeaux was offered and achieved excellent results. The star lot – the top-selling Bordeaux of the sale – was a rare original wooden case of 1947 Cheval Blanc which fetched HK$1,476,000/US$189,231 (Lot 701).  Another highlight was 12 bottles of 2005 Petrus that sold for HK$442,800/US$56,769 (Lot 722).

 





Acker Merrall & Condit’s 20th Hong Kong Sale
Achieves Outstanding Results of Over HK $58 Million / US $7.4 Million
Featuring Superb Wines & Rare Vintages
Direct From the Cellars of Antinori
74 World Records Set Led by Eight for Liger-Belair
and Seven for Domaine de la Romanee Conti
 

Hong Kong - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world’s leading wine auctioneer and America’s oldest fine wine merchant, held its 20th Hong Kong sale on 30 & 31 March and achieved an impressive total of HK$58,311,930 / US$7,475,888 and was 95% sold. An exceptional selection of over 1,000 lots of world-class fine wines offered attracted bidders from around the world.
 
John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, commented after the sale: “The wine market today is humming with variety and vitality. While Bordeaux and Burgundy maintained their strong demand as usual, fine wines from the rest of the world were also greatly welcomed by buyers, illustrated no better than the appetite for the direct consignment from the cellars of Antinori. Collectors are seeking diversity and more than just the traditional favorites, which is great for the overall market. Of course, those favorites still dominate the top lots, but it is great to see the market active from A to Z.”
 
BORDEAUX & BURGUNDY
 
Two superb European collections were offered in the sale, which included some of the most coveted vintages of great Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. The top lot was a rare case of 1945 Mouton Rothschild in superb condition which fetched HK$1,700,000/US$217,949 (Lot 857H), which was sold privately before the auction upon request and approved. Further Bordeaux highlights were 6 magnums of 1961 La Mission Haut Brion (HK$585,600/US$75,077, Lot 857E) and a case of 1945 La Mission Haut Brion (HK$463,600/US$59,436, Lot 857G), as these legendary cases proved irresistible. Also of note was a case of 1982 Lafite Rothschild in original wooden case (HK$390,400/US$50,051, Lot 984).
 
Petrus, Bordeaux’s most collectible wine, commanded strong prices yet again, highlighted by a case of 2005 (HK$317,200/US$40,667, Lot 387), a parcel of 2 banded original wooden cases of 2008 (HK$317,200/US$40,667 each, Lot 290-291) and 6 magnums of 2008 Petrus (HK$317,200/US$40,667, Lot 292).
 
Burgundy treasures of exceptional vintages attracted enthusiastic bidding among collectors and realized excellent prices. Highlights included 12 bottles of 1999 DRC Assortment in original wooden case (HK$414,800/US$53,180, Lot 238), a vertical of 11 magnums of La Tache (HK$390,400/US$50,051, Lot 557) and 9 bottles of 1986 Romanee Conti (HK$585,600/US$75,077, Lot 730). Other notable lots featured a parcel of 3 bottles of 2005 Romanee Conti (HK$366,000/US$46,923 each, Lot 425-426), 6 bottles of 2005 La Tache (HK$185, 440/US$23, 774, Lot 419) and 6 bottles of 1971 Roumier Musigny (HK$414,800/US$53,179, Lot 857K).
 
Rare wines by Henri Jayer were highly sought-after and fetched healthy prices: 12 bottles of 1993 Echezeaux (HK$317,200/US$40,667, Lot 305) and 3 magnums of 1978 Richebourg (HK$585,600/US$75,077, Lot 857M).
 
PRESTIGIOUS WINES DIRECT FROM ANTINORI
 
Rare wines direct from the cellars of Antinori in Tuscany were specially offered in this sale. It featured all the greatest wines and vintages made by the Antinori family over the past three decades including incredible verticals of Solaia, Tignanello and Guado al Tasso, many in very rare and never before commercially released large formats, all the way up to the mighty Balthazar (12 Litres). Highlights included a lot comprising 24 bottles and 12 magnums of 1997 and 2007 Solaia (HK$165,920/US$21,272, Lot 261) and a vertical collection of 10 vintages of Solaia encompassing 60 bottles (HK$117,120/US$15,015, Lot 258).
 
DAZZLING DIVERSITY OF OTHER REGIONS
 
Significant prices were realized in a diverse group of regions with notable highlights being 120 bottles of 1996 Salon Le Mesnil (HK$292,800/US$37,538, Lot 280) , 12 bottles of 2007 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne (HK$185,440/US$23,774, Lot 206), a single bottle vertical of 28 vintages of Guigal's La Mouline (HK$126,880/US$16,266, Lot 810), a mixed format lot of Sine Qua Non's Midnight Oil (HK$58,560/US$7,507, Lot 542), a case of 1998 Penfold's Grange (HK$46,360/US$5,944, Lot 249), two cases of 1921 Nicolay Riesling Auslese, Uerziger Wurzgarten (HK$41,480/US$5,317, Lot 216) as well as a mixed lot of Gran Reserva '890', La Rioja Alta (HK$41,480/US$5,317, Lot 473).




ACKER MERRALL & CONDIT’S FIRST WINE AUCTION IN 2012

ACHIEVES A TOTAL OF
HK$66,865,760 MILLION / US$8,572,533 MILLION


21 NEW WORLD RECORDS SET TO START THE NEW YEAR INCLUDING:

DOUBLE MAGNUM OF 1870 LAFITE ROTHSCHILD

MAGNUMS OF 1999 ROMANEE-CONTI

1993 LEROY CHAMBERTIN

SUPERLOT OF SCREAMING EAGLE

Hong Kong, January 15th, 2012 - Acker Merrall & Condit, the world’s leading wine auctioneer and America’s oldest fine wine merchant, held its first 2012 Hong Kong sale on 13 & 14 January and achieved a total of HK$66,865,760/US$8,572,533 and was 90.34% sold. An exceptional selection of nearly 1,000 lots of the world’s most sought-after wines saw continued demand and interest from bidders all over the world.

John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, commented after the sale: “2011 marked a significant milestone in our history as we achieved the global Triple Crown -- #1 in Asia, #1 in America, and #1 in the World. We are delighted by the market response to our first sale in 2012, which provided a great start to the New Year. Despite the distractions of economic uncertainty, Chinese New Year and record volume in the wine auction market, buyers still showed that they want their fine and rare wine, and they want it from Acker. We look forward to continuing our global leadership role in the market.”

SALE HIGHLIGHTS

Burgundy fetched strong prices throughout the sale demonstrating its growing appeal in the Asian market. The top lot of the sale was an original wooden 12-bottle case of 1985 DRC Romanée Conti, which fetched HK$1,464,000/US$187,692 (Lot 334).

A world record was also achieved for magnums of 1999 DRC Romanée Conti, three magnums of which sold for HK$634,400/US$81,333 (Lot 908, illustrated right). Another significant world record for Burgundy was set by a very rare original case of 1993 Leroy Chambertin (HK$268,400/US$34,410, Lot 912).

AN 1870 LAFITE ROTHSCHILD DOUBLE MAGNUM

Also of note was a very rare, documented double magnum of 1870 Lafite with superb provenance that fetched HK$488,000/US$62,564 (Lot 843), setting a new world record. This incredible bottle represents one of the most legendary vintages of all-time in Bordeaux and is perhaps the last of its kind in the world.

SCREAMING EAGLE SUPERLOT

An instant collection of California’s most collectible wine, Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, spanning seven rare vintages and 42 bottles in all, attracted spirited bidding and sold for a remarkable price of HK$829,600/US$106,359 (Lot 377), achieving a world record for the most expensive lot of Screaming Eagle ever sold at a commercial auction.

DIRECT FROM CHATEAU PALMER

The sale also offered an opportunity for connoisseurs to acquire a special selection of wines coming directly from the cellars of Chateau Palmer. The star lot consisted of recent 2010, spanning the entire range of bottle sizes that have ever been produced at the Chateau, from a half-bottle all the way up to a Balthazar, of which only very few have been produced annually. Also, here and for the first and only time in the history of Chateau Palmer, Acker presented a 15-liter bottle, the elusive Nebuchadnezzar, as part of this lot. This unique collection achieved a strong price of HK$136,640/US$17,518 (Lot 330).


CHATEAU PETRUS

Chateau Petrus re-asserted itself as Bordeaux’s most collectible wine, with strong activity on original wooden cases in multiple formats, such as a 12-bottle case of 2000 Petrus (HK$390,400/US$50,051, Lot 172), 6 magnums of 1989 Petrus (HK$390,400/US$50,051, Lot 728) and 6 magnums of 1990 Petrus (HK$390,400/US$50,051, Lot 731).