Lafleur ’82 Among Sotheby’s Wines With Cheval Blanc ’47

Double magnum of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 Bordeaux
A double magnum of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 Bordeaux going on sale at a Sotheby's auction in New York in April 2013. Source: Sotheby's via Bloomberg.

Six magnums of Chateau Lafleur 1982 from Pomerol are among leading lots at a Sotheby’s wine auction in New York this month, along with a double magnum of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 and a case of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1982.

The Lafleur magnums together carry an upper estimate of $65,000 while the Cheval Blanc double magnum is priced at as much as $90,000 and the Lafite case has an upper estimate of $35,000.

Investor appetite for Bordeaux after two price slumps in the past five years has boosted the London-based Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index by 10 percent since November, when it touched its lowest level since March 2010. A 0.3 percent gain in March was its fourth straight increase and followed a February advance of 2.9 percent.

While merchants’ attention is focused on the 2012 wines just coming to market, selected older vintages between 1998 and 2008 “represent the cheapest way to access some of the great brands of Bordeaux,” Miles Davis, partner at Wine Asset Managers LLP, said this week in an e-mailed monthly report.

The Cheval Blanc double magnum, reviewed by the chateau, 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.

A case of Lafite 1982 sold for 28,750 pounds ($44,100) including hammer price, at Bonhams in London this month.

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 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 2:           Christie’s, London
May 14:          Christie’s, Geneva
May 18:          Bonhams, San Francisco
May 18:          Hart Davis Hart, Chicago
May 22:          Sotheby’s, London
May 23:          Bonhams, Hong Kong
May 23:          Bonhams, London
May 24/25:       Christie’s, Hong Kong
May 24/25:       Zachys, Hong Kong
May 29:          Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
May 30/31:       Christie’s, New York
May 31:          Acker, Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong


June 1:          Acker, Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong
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 11:         Bonhams, London
July 17:         Sotheby’s, London
July 27:         Bonhams, San Francisco


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


Oct. 24:         Bonhams, London
Oct. 26:         Hart Davis Hart, Chicago


Nov. 20/22:      Bonhams, Hong Kong


Dec. 7:          Hart Davis Hart, Chicago
Dec. 12:         Bonhams, London
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