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DRC “Superlot” a Hot Auction Attraction

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A trio of upcoming auctions have some mouthwatering wines on offer.

Collectors will be on their toes in the coming weeks, with an enviable selection of wines coming up for auction, including a “superlot” of 114 bottles of Romanée-Conti.

The DRC assembly is part of Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s October 4 sale, which also features wines from Netscape founder Jim Clark’s collection, including a selection of Henri Jayer magnums.

The sale is at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and a total of 778 lots will be offered in a single day, estimated at between $4.5 and 6.7 million.

Burgundy lots make up over 40 percent of the total number of lots available and account for approximately 70 percent of the value, making the sale a noteworthy occasion for Burgundy lovers in Asia and beyond.

Commenting on the Romanée Conti superlot – which has the highest estimate ever in auction history at $1.5 to $2.5m – Robert Sleigh, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Asia, said: “With an annual production of around 5000 bottles, it is a rare event to offer 12 bottles of Romanée-Conti, but to offer 114 bottles, spanning 19 vintages is an extraordinary and, most likely, a once-in-a-lifetime event. The buyer of this lot will be able to appreciate and compare these ultra-rare wines as they evolve over the coming decades.”

Meanwhile, Acker, Merrall & Condit’s September 6 auction is New York is likely to get bidders salivating too, with a mouthwatering range of wines on offer, including top Bordeaux and Burgundy labels.

Particular highlights include one lot made up of 12 vintages of Château Lafite, another featuring five vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg spanning 1990 to 2006, and five bottles of assorted Domaine Leroy wines from the small 2003 vintage.
Other lots include nine vintages of Dom Pérignon going back to 1961 and including the 1971, 1982 and 1985 Salon Le Mesnil.
And in London, Bonhams will be auctioning off a unique methusaleh of the 2004 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs in aid of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.

The bottle – equivalent to eight normal bottles – is a one of a kind created to celebrate the launch of the 2004 vintage and is expected to reach somewhere between $8300 and $16,500.

01-Sep-2014

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