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Rare Large Formats of the Finest Burgundy and Rhône to be Offered at Sotheby’s Second Highest Estimated Single-Owner Wine Sale in Asia

Hong Kong
Sotheby’s Second Highest Estimated Single-Owner Wine Sale in Asia Brings Over 1,500 Lots Estimated in Excess of HK$78 Million / US$10 Million. Featuring a Star-Studded Collection of the Finest Burgundy and Rhône with Rare Large Formats on Offer, As Well As Unprecedented Quantities of Domaine Jean-Louis Chave’s Famed Cuvée Cathelin in Large Formats. (Auction | 5 - 6 July 2020 | Hall 1, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre)

Sotheby’s Hong Kong is proud to present The Summit, A Complete Cellar, the Company’s second highest estimated single-owner wine sale in Asia, from 5 – 6 July 2020. Estimated in excess of HK$78 million / US$10 million, this extraordinary collection offers more than 1,500 lots of wines which originate from the cellar of an American wine collector.

Highlights from DRC Romanée-Conti includes:
1995 (6 bottles) Estimates: HK$650,000 – 850,000 / US$80,000 – 100,000
1998 (1 jeroboam) Estimates: HK$450,000 – 700,000 / US$55,000 – 85,000
1999 (1 methuselah) Estimates: HK$1,000,000 – 1,400,000 / US$120,000 – 170,000
1999 (6 bottles) Estimates: HK$750,000 – 1,200,000 / US$95,000 – 150,000
We are privileged to present this collection which was assembled over three decades by a true connoisseur who learned about and discovered wine through his passion for gastronomy. He travelled extensively through Europe, dining and drinking at the best restaurants and then dutifully finding and buying the world’s greatest wines for his own enjoyment. The personal relationships with many wine producers also granted him privileged access to some of the rarest and most exclusive wines in the world.
Conner Kriegel, Head of Auction Sales, Sotheby’s Wine, New York
Following our record-setting year in 2019, we are thrilled to open our 2020 wine season in Hong Kong with a very important single-owner collection. Featuring the very finest wines from the world’s greatest wine producers, the quality and depth of this collection is beyond imagination. Any wine lover will be stunned to see such quantities of large-format DRC and, as notable, the much sought-after and increasingly rare Cuvée Cathelin from J-L Chave. As the name suggests, this truly is the Summit for wine collectors worldwide!
Adam Bilbey, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Asia

Highlights from Domaine Dujac includes:
Clos St. Denis 1999 (1 jeroboam), estimates: HK$80,000 – 120,000 / US$10,000 – 15,000
Clos St. Denis 1999 (6 magnums) estimates: HK$180,000 – 280,000 / US$22,000 – 35,000
Clos de la Roche 2000 (1 methuselah), estimates: HK$55,000 – 80,000 / US$7,000 – 10,000
Clos de la Roche 1990 (6 bottles), estimates: HK$190,000 – 280,000 / US$24,000 – 35,000

Headlining this sale is a broad selection of the finest Burgundies, with astonishing quantities of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC), Dujac and Armand Rousseau. Exceedingly rare large formats are an important feature: nearly 200 lots of Burgundy are in magnums or larger format bottlings, of which 21 lots are from DRC.

The sale is also distinguished by a collection of the greatest Rhônes, led by 124 lots of Domaine Jean-Louis Chave. 34 lots are from the famed Cuvée Cathelin, 15 of which in jeroboam or larger format.

Iconic vintages from top chateaux such as Lafite 1959, Petrus 1989 and 1990, Le Pin 1990, among others, highlights the Bordeaux offerings. Rounding off the sale is a dazzling selection of Champagne, highlighted by parcel quantities of the great 1996 vintage from Salon, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne and Philipponnat Clos des Goisses.

Highlights from Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin includes:
2000 (1 jeroboam) Estimates: HK$160,000 – 240,000 / US$20,000 – 30,000
1998 (1 methuselah) Estimates: HK$350,000 – 500,000 / US$42,000 – 60,000
1995 (1 methuselah) Estimates: HK$380,000 – 500,000 / US$48,000 – 60,000
1995 (12 bottles) Estimates: HK$850,000 – 1,100,000 / US$100,000 – 140,000

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