A double magnum of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 goes on sale at a Sotheby’s New York wine auction next month, while Acker Merrall & Condit has bottles of Chateau Latour 2003 and a magnum of Cros Parantoux 1988 Henri Jayer.
The Cheval Blanc double magnum, reviewed by the chateau and which Sotheby’s estimates may fetch $60,000-$90,000, comes from the vintage rated one of the top two of the past 65 years for the Saint-Emilion producer by U.S. wine critic Robert Parker. A 12-bottle case of the same wine sold for HK$1.23 million ($158,000) at a Zachys Hong Kong auction in January.
The London-based Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index has rallied 10 percent since November. Bordeaux vintages, which were sold off during the 16-month market slump starting in July 2011, have started to recover again this year. A rally in first-growth wines such as Latour and signs of investor demand for some more recent years such as 2004 have helped boost the index.
“Bordeaux interest has reawakened,” Acker Chief Executive Office John Kapon said in a telephone interview from New York. “I think there’s good opportunity in the younger wine segments.”
A case of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 2004 sold for 3,150 pounds ($4,760) on Liv-ex March 18, its highest level for 17 months. The Mouton, a first-growth Pauillac, was almost double the 1,575 pounds at which it traded soon after release in the futures market in June 2008.
The Acker sale includes a case of Latour 2003 with a top estimate of $11,000 and 12 bottles of the same grower’s 2000 vintage, estimated at as much as $7,000. Top Burgundies in the sale include a magnum of Vosne-Romanee 1988 Cros Parantoux from Henri Jayer, estimated at as much as $12,000, and a magnum of his Echezeaux from the same year with a similar price tag.
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.
APRIL: April 3: Acker Merrall & Condit, New York April 3: Sotheby’s, Hong Kong April 3: Sotheby’s, Hong Kong April 4: Bonhams, London April 16: Christie’s, New York online April 17: Sotheby’s, London April 23: Christie’s, Amsterdam April 25/26: Zachys, New York April 26/27: Sotheby’s, New York April 27: Acker Merrall & Condit, New York MAY: May 2: Christie’s, London May 14: Christie’s, Geneva May 15: Sotheby’s, London May 18: Bonhams, San Francisco May 18: Hart Davis Hart, Chicago May 23: Bonhams, Hong Kong May 23: Bonhams, London May 24/25: Christie’s, Hong Kong May 24/25: Acker, Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong May 24/25: Zachys, Hong Kong May 29: Acker Merrall & Condit, New York May 30/31: Christie’s, New York JUNE: June 6: Christie’s, London June 8: Sotheby’s, New York June 12: Sotheby’s, London June 28: Christie’s, Paris June 29: Acker Merrall & Condit, New York June 29: Hart Davis Hart, Chicago JULY: July 11: Bonhams, London July 17: Sotheby’s, London July 27: Bonhams, San Francisco SEPTEMBER: Sept. 7: Acker Merrall & Condit, New York Sept. 11: Sotheby’s, London Sept. 12: Bonhams, London Sept. 14: Bonhams, San Francisco Sept. 21: Hart Davis Hart, Chicago Sept. 27/28: Acker Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong OCTOBER: Oct. 24: Bonhams, London Oct. 26: Hart Davis Hart, Chicago NOVEMBER: Nov. 20/22: Bonhams, Hong Kong DECEMBER: Dec. 7: Hart Davis Hart, Chicago Dec. 12: Bonhams, London