Over two days in Hong Kong - 4 and 5 April 2014 - Sotheby’s Spring Wines Sales achieved an outstanding total of nearly HK$100 million / US$13 million, reaching the top end of pre-sale estimates (overall estimate HK$71 - 100.7 million / US$9.1 - 12.9 million*). Six bottles of Romanée-Conti 1990 sold for HK$1,347,500 / US$170,000, marking the highest price for a wine lot at Sotheby’s this year. Wines from A Magnificent Bordeaux Cellar were highly sought-after, achieving over HK$25 million / US$3 million. The Collection of Ambassador Ronald Weiser, which led the Finest and Rarest Wines sale, soared above the high estimate, fetching over HK$17 million / US$2 million.
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium
A MAGNIFICENT BORDEAUX CELLAR II - 4 APRIL, 10 AM
Following the success of the sale of A Magnificent Bordeaux Cellar in October 2013, Sotheby’s will present this Spring the second part of this exceptional private cellar, featuring 381 lots estimated at HK$18 – 26 million / US$2.3 – 3.3 million. Finest Bordeaux – all First Growths plus their equivalents, Cheval Blanc and La Mission Haut–Brion – from the top vintages, such as 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000, are available in multiple formats. Many of these are offered in parcel quantities including 11 cases of Château Mouton Rothschild 1986, 12 cases of Château Margaux 1996 and 15 cases of Château Cheval Blanc 2000. For Sauternes lovers, the impressive selection of Yquem in parcel quantities from the great vintages over the past 20 years, including 10 cases of 2001, is definitely not to be missed.
Commenting on this Bordeaux cellar, Serena Sutcliffe, Master of Wine (M. W.), Head of Sotheby's International Wine Department, said: “We are privileged to bring to auction a second part of this magnificent cellar of top Bordeaux wines. The vintages range from 1966 to 2004 and these remarkable wines come in a stupendous choice of formats that work for intimate dinners, or great parties and celebrations. Begin with the fabulous selection of Château Cheval Blanc to mark the Year of the Horse! Landmark vintages are here in abundance. There is the same wonderful choice for all the First Growths. This splendid collection is a serenade to the magnificence of Bordeaux’s First Growths, surely amongst the greatest achievements of France itself.”
FINEST & RAREST WINES
FEATURING THE COLLECTION OF AMBASSADOR RONALD WEISER
4 APRIL, Approx. 1 PM or immediately following "A Magnificent Bordeaux Cellar II"
5 APRIL, 10 AM
The sale features 1,219 lots estimated at HK$53 – 75 million / US$6.8 – 9.6 million, highlighted by a superb collection from the home cellar of Ambassador Ronald Weiser (151 lots; Est. HK$9 – 13 million / US$1.2 – 1.6 million) offered by the University of Michigan with all proceeds benefiting the Food Allergy Center. The collection represents over a century of liquid history, from 1899 to 2008, with an emphasis on historic, mature wines of remarkable complexity and depth. Rare vintages in large format are available, including magnums of La Mission Haut-Brion 1945, Cheval Blanc 1929 and Lafite 1959. A 57-bottle vertical of Mouton Rothschild from 1918 to 1996 is another major sale attraction. There is also a magnificent collection of top class burgundies highlighted by 80 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from 1952 to 2008 and 26 lots of Henri Jayer from 1980 to 1993. All wines in this collection have been bought with great care and kept in excellent condition before being shipped to Hong Kong via dedicated temperature-controlled ocean freight.
Elsewhere in the auction is a focus of top class Bordeaux with parcels of First Growths from vintages such as 1986, 1990 and 1996. Right Bank highlights include a case of Le Pin 1990, Chateau Pétrus 1982, 1989 and 1990. For Burgundies, a selection of DRC will be offered, including Romanée–Conti 1990 and La Tâche 1990.
Commenting on the Collection of Ambassador Ronald Weiser, Serena Sutcliffe, Master of Wine (M. W.), Head of Sotheby's International Wine Department, remarked: “It is a special pleasure to introduce this fabulous selection of wine, so generously being sold to benefit a deserving charity. That, in itself, is a reflection of the owner of this superb cellar, for Ambassador Weiser has been a remarkable philanthropist for decades. His generosity is matched by his love of wine and his taste in acquiring the best.
“French wines are his greatest love and the pinnacles of winemaking in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are represented in this exciting auction. With the exception of a few younger vintages that were bought on release, all the wines in this sale were purchased more than fifteen years ago and have since been stored under ideal conditions in his home cellar. The collection represents over a century of liquid history, tracing how some of the world’s most iconic wines evolve and change, showing different aspects of their beauty with each decade.”
To view other Hong Kong sales, please visit our dedicated Spring Sales 2014 page.