Sotheby’s Hong Kong Evening Sale titled A Celebration Of Year Of The Horse: Cheval Blanc Direct From The Château and An Important European Cellar soared above high estimate to achieve HK$24.4 million / US$3.1 million in the vibrant saleroom at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery on 28 May 2014. All 600 lots found buyers. The 220 lots of large-format bottles from magnum to Melchior direct from Château Cheval Blanc achieved a remarkable HK$11.3 million / US$1.5 million against a high estimate of HK$9.5 million / US$1.2 million. Wine lovers competed with enthusiasm for mature vintages of perfect provenance and pristine condition, sending more than 70% of the offerings from the Château over their high estimates. The top lot of the sale, a Nebuchadnezzar (15 litre) of Château Cheval Blanc 1998, sold for HK$269,500 / US$34,550, the equivalent of 20 bottles at HK$13,475 / US$1,728 each or 140 glasses at HK$1,925 / US$247 each.
Perfect provenance continued to play an important part in the offers from An Important European Cellar, all of them purchased on release and impeccably stored before being shipped direct to Hong Kong via temperature controlled ocean freight. First Growth left bank wines from top vintages such as Mouton 2000 did particularly well, while top left bank wines in large formats sold above high estimates.
This sale features over 600 lots estimated at HK$16–23 million highlighted by an offering direct from Château Cheval Blanc. The selection spans 1936 to 2010 with wines available in large format from magnum to 18 litre Melchiors. In addition, wines from an Important European Cellar provide a magnificent range of top class Bordeaux including all five First Growths and the best Right Bank wines.
Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery, 5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong