Vintage Bordeaux wines including a case of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1982, Burgundy from Meursault and a range of Italian and Californian wines are among lots on sale at a Bonhams auction in San Francisco later this month.
A 12-bottle case of Mouton 1982, a first-growth Pauillac estate north of Bordeaux, is estimated to fetch as much as $12,000. Among rarer Burgundies, a 12-bottle mixed lot of Meursault from producer Pierre Morey, including eight bottles of his Perrieres 1986, is estimated at as much as $1,400.
The auction comes as the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index of top Bordeaux vintages has risen 4 percent this year, with declines since mid-March following a gain of 8 percent in the first 10 weeks of the year. Demand at auctions has been driven by older Burgundy vintages, including at a Bonhams sale in London earlier this month.
“There is a healthy appetite for wine from countries and producers outside the long favored areas of Burgundy and Bordeaux,” Richard Harvey, International Director of Bonhams wine department, said in an e-mailed statement this week following its July 11 sale.
At that auction, three bottles of Romanee-Conti 1999 were the top lot, selling for 23,000 pounds ($35,100), while another three-bottle lot of Romanee-Conti 1989 sold for 17,250 pounds. The top Bordeaux in that sale was a case of Chateau Latour 1959, which fetched 11,500 pounds.
Here is a list of global wine auctions scheduled so far this year. Dates may be subject to revision, and links are to auction house sale catalogs and websites.
JULY: July 27: Bonhams, San Francisco SEPTEMBER: Sept. 7: Acker Merrall & Condit, New York Sept. 7: Sotheby’s, Hong Kong Sept. 7: Zachys, Hong Kong Sept. 12: Christie’s, London Sept. 12: Bonhams, London Sept. 13/14: Acker Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong Sept. 14: Bonhams, San Francisco Sept. 18: Sotheby’s, London Sept. 20/21: Sotheby’s, New York Sept. 19/20: Zachys, New York Sept. 21: Hart Davis Hart, Chicago OCTOBER: Oct. 4: Sotheby’s, Hong Kong Oct. 5: Acker Merrall & Condit, New York Oct. 11: Christie’s, New York Oct. 23: Sotheby’s, London Oct. 24: Bonhams, London Oct. 24: Christie’s, London Oct. 24/25: Zachys, New York Oct. 25/26: Acker Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong Oct. 26: Hart Davis Hart, Chicago NOVEMBER: Nov. 7: Christie’s, London Nov. 13: Christie’s, Geneva Nov. 13: Sotheby’s, London Nov. 21: Acker Merrall & Condit, New York Nov. 21: Bonhams, Hong Kong Nov. 22 Christie’s, Hong Kong Nov. 22/23: Zachys, Hong Kong Nov. 23: Bonhams, San Francisco DECEMBER: Dec. 6/7: Zachys, New York Dec. 7: Christie’s, New York Dec. 7: Hart Davis Hart, Chicago Dec. 11: Sotheby’s, London Dec. 12: Bonhams, London Dec. 12: Christie’s, London Dec. 13/14 Acker Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong Dec. 18: Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
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