Press Release

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn 2020 Wine Sales Opens with Wines from the Cellar of Joseph Lau

Hong Kong
Over 110 Lots Estimated in Excess of HK$25.7 Million / US$3.3 Million


Legendary Vintages of the Finest Burgundy and Bordeaux
Including DRC Romanée-Conti, Pétrus in Rare Large Format and
Vosne-Romanée Cros-Parantoux by Henri Jayer

Sotheby’s Wine is pleased to open the Hong Kong Autumn 2020 Sales with Wines from the Cellar of Joseph Lau on 3 October 2020. With a total of over 110 lots estimated in excess of HK$25.7 million / US$3.3 million, this remarkable collection offers the finest French wines from the cellar of the famed entrepreneur and art collector.

Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, states: “It is with great pleasure that Sotheby’s will present Wines from the Cellar of Joseph Lau this October. A pioneering collector across many fields, Mr Lau has amassed one of the world’s most spectacular wine collections over the past decades, with enduring passion and discerning taste that has focused on the very finest producers and vintages. This autumn, wine lovers will have an opportunity to glimpse through the keyhole and into the cellar of this legendary collector.”

Adam Bilbey, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Asia, says: “Featuring the finest vintages of some of the world’s most iconic wines, this is a truly legendary cellar that speaks for itself. It is awe-inspiring to see the sheer depth and focus of the best vintages from the world’s most exclusive producers - the result of the sophisticated taste of its visionary owner. We are extremely proud to start our autumn sale series with this spectacular sale, as we continue our tradition of presenting the most important wine collections from around the world.”

Speaking of the sale, Joseph Lau adds:

It is my pleasure to entrust the team at Sotheby’s with this sale of a small part of my wine collection. These wines have been passionately collected for over thirty eight years and this sale will give fellow wine lovers a glimpse into my cellar and the wines and producers that I treasure the most.
Joseph Lau

Leading the sale is a roll-call of top wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, highlighted by astounding years of Romanée-Conti, La Tâche and Montrachet with show-stopping large bottles, including 48 bottles of Romanée-Conti 1990 and 3 Methusalehs of Romanée-Conti from 1996, 1999, and 2002.

The sale is also distinguished by a selection of wines by the legendary winemaker Henri Jayer, where Cros-Parantoux vies with Echézeaux and Richebourg in landmark years, with 66 bottles and magnums from 1979 to 1999 on offer.

An array of Pétrus leads the Bordeaux offerings. The large formats, in starry years such as 1982 and 1990, are a focal point of this collection. The sale also boasts a sensational line-up of the best gems from the region, including Lafite, Mouton, Margaux, Cheval Blanc, Lafleur, Le Pin, and Yquem.


Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti
1996, 1 Methusaleh, est. HK$1,000,000-1,600,000 / US$120,000-200,000
1990, 12 bottles, est. HK$1,700,000-2,600,000 / US$200,000-320,000

Château Lafite
1982, 12 bottles, est. HK$220,000-300,000 / US$28,000-38,000

1990, 12 bottles, est. HK$320,000-450,000 / US$40,000-55,000
1982, 6 magnums, est. HK$320,000-480,000 / US$40,000-60,000
1961, 2 magnums, est. HK$320,000-480,000 / US$40,000-60,000

Le Pin
1990, 12 bottles, est. HK$280,000-400,000 / US$35,000-50,000

Henri Jayer
Vosne-Romanée, Cros-Parantoux 1999, 1 magnum, est. HK$180,000-260,000 / US$22,000-32,000
Richebourg 1985, 1 magnum, est. HK$320,000-450,000 / US$40,000-55,000


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