Mouton Dating Back to ’45 Leads Christie’s Geneva Sale

A collection of 66 magnums of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild spanning the years between 1945 and 2008 is poised to lead a two-day Christie’s International Plc wine auction in Geneva this month, according to its online catalog.

The vertical Mouton lot carries a presale estimate of as much as 300,000 Swiss francs ($322,000), while a parallel collection of 66 standard-sized Mouton bottles dating from the same vintages carry a price tag of as much as 150,000 francs. Each lot spans 64 vintages and includes two bottles from the years 1978 and 1993.

Demand from investors for Bordeaux after two price slumps in the past five years has boosted the London-based Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index by 9 percent since November, when it touched a 31-month low. The gauge fell in April after posting four straight monthly gains, as investors focused on the pricing of the new Bordeaux 2012 vintage coming to market and how that will affect older wines already trading.

“Our prediction for the wine market in 2013 is that a considerable amount of the ground lost in 2012 will be regained by mature vintages, and perhaps a little less so by younger wines,” Peter Lunzer, founder of Lunzer Wine Investments in London, said in his e-mailed April market report. He helps manage wine investment and trading accounts worth $34 million.

Mouton-Rothschild is one of five Bordeaux left-bank first-growth producers, winning promotion to that status in 1973. Its labels have featured different artists each year since the end of World War II, with contributors including Georges Braque, Andy Warhol and Marc Chagall.

Henri Jayer

The Christie’s Geneva sale also offers a case of Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux 2000 Burgundy, estimated to fetch as much as 48,000 Swiss francs, and 10 bottles of the same producer’s Cros Parantoux 1995, with a price tag of as much as 45,000 francs.

The Geneva sale follows an Amsterdam auction by Christie’s last month at which top lots included a single bottle of Romanee-Conti 1986 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundy, which fetched 6,900 euros ($9,040), and three bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1949, which sold for 6,325 euros.

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.

May 11:          Spectrum, Los Angeles
May 14/15:       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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