Hong Kong






| Fine & Rare Wines, Woods Room, May 25, 11:00am & 2:30pm, Sale 3202|


Hong Kong – On May 25, 2013, Christie’s Hong Kong will stage a two-part wine sale as part of its Hong Kong 2013 Spring auctions. Comprising over 590 lots valued in excess of HK$35 million, the sale offers a diverse range of vintage wines by producers from all around the globe;  classic regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône and Napa Valley, to countries including Italy, Spain and Australia. Two important private collections from Europe will also be featured in the auction. In addition, to promote the harmonious match of wine with Asian food culture, Christie’s specialist team present ‘Perfect Pairings’, a series of recommended pairings of wine with Asian cuisine.



A collection of DRC 1983 in methuselah (Lot 5119, 4 methuselahs, Estimate per lot: HK$900,000-1,200,000) tops the sale. From the most revered Burgundy Domaine, this lot comprises four methuselahs (6 litre bottles), each from a different Grand Cru vineyard. The collection arose due to the initiative of Peter Thustrup, a Parisian wine company owner in the 1980’s. Thustrup contacted DRC and with their agreement created three collections from the 1983 Vintage, each with one methuselah of Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg and Montrachet. The collection offered at the sale is the third. While a 3.5 to 4cm ullage is considered excellent for a 30-year-old Burgundy, the ullages of the four methuselahs are between 2 to 4cm. DRC also agreed to the production of a small book, titled ‘La Collection de Romanée-Conti,’ which comes with this lot. The book is signed by Mme Bize-Leroy and M. Aubert de Villaine, who were the owners of DRC at that time.

Two lots of Château Mouton Rothschild (Lot 5106, Vintage 1959, 6 magnums, Estimate per lot: HK$240,000-300,000; Lot 5107, Vintage 1961, 12 bottles, Estimate per lot: HK$240,000-300,000) also take a pair of premium spots in the auction. In 1987, the Château reconditioned all the magnums and bottles, refilling them with the same wine from the same Vintage and affixing new labels and capsules. The lots are offered in original wooden cases, which further indicates their exceptional quality and provenance.

Another highlight is 12 bottles of Château Palmer - Vintage 1961 (Lot 5488, 12 bottles, Estimate per lot: HK$300,000-450,000). Super ripe and intensely fragrant with a perfect balance of richness and acidity, these bottles are among the greatest of the 1961’s, a superlative vintage for Palmer when the château produced some of the best Médoc wines of the century. One of the most recognisable of all clarets, the ’61 is a legendary Palmer and a truly magnificent wine.

The sale will also present eight lots of Pétrus - Vintage 1982 (Lot 5097 to 5104, 12 bottles per lot, Estimate per lot: HK$280,000-350,000). Regarded as the ultimate expression of Merlot, Pétrus consistently proves the grape’s potential to show elegance, longevity and multifaceted complexity. With all their levels into neck, indicating minimum ullage, the lots on offer are in exceptionally good condition.


The auction will present two important private collections, both from European collectors. The first collection comprises lots 5001 to 5073, and the wines have been stored in a wine cellar in a very old manor house on the European continent prior to being shipped to Hong Kong specifically for the spring sale. Highlights include rare gems from Cheval Blanc, L’Evangile, Latour, Le Gay, Vieux Château Certan, Lafleur, La Fleur Pétrus, Pétrus, Cheval Blanc and Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Rayas. There is also a selection of white and red Burgundy, including rare magnums of La Tâche 2005 and a very rare Jeroboam of Musigny 1952 from de Vogüé. A selection of 2005 vintage Bordeaux, including two lots of Château Pavie (Lot 5029, 3 magnums, Estimate per lot: HK$12,000-15,000; Lot 5030, 12 bottles, Estimate per lot: HK$24,000-30,000), all bought on release from the various Châteaux, completes the collection.

The second collection, consisting of lots 5164 to 5223, includes finest Bordeaux Vintages of the last few decades such as 1986, 1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2005. It also shines a light on less famed Vintages that can provide current drinking pleasure such as 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2006. Outstanding vintages from Château Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Latour, Léoville Las Cases, Pichon Lalande, Montrose and 24 bottles of Château Lascombes Vintage 2000 (Lot 5207, 24 bottles, Estimate per lot: HK$14,000-18,000) stand out in this collection.



Pushing the ‘East Meets West’ concept to a new dimension, Christie’s specialist team introduces ‘Perfect Pairings’ in the upcoming auction. By providing pairing recommendations that match a broad range of fine wine to various Asian cuisine styles, ‘Perfect Pairings’ aims to promote Asian dining culture as well as to encourage wine collectors and connoisseurs to explore drinking pleasure matched with food as well as buying and collecting. Primary pairing examples in this sale include Pan-fried Bun (Shanghai cuisine) with Château Angélus 1998 (Lot 5404 to 5405, 12 bottles per lot, Estimate per lot: HK$20,000-26,000) and Long Jing Prawns (Southern Chinese cuisine) with Montrachet 1994 from Ramonet (Lot 5567, 6 bottles, Estimate per lot: HK$160,000-260,000). The former delicately incorporates the silky texture of Château Angélus with the lingering finish of the soup in bun, while the latter pairing balances perfectly the delicate prawns with the richness and complexity of Montrachet.


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