Romanee-Conti ’99, Mouton Back to 1955 on Sale at Bonhams

Three bottles of Romanee-Conti 1999 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti carry a top estimate of 28,000 pounds ($42,700) at a Bonhams London sale alongside 30 vintages of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild spanning years back to 1955.

A second three-bottle lot of Romanee-Conti from 1989 is also included in the sale on July 11 with a top estimate of 18,000 pounds, while a case of Mouton 2005 is priced to fetch as much as 4,000 pounds, according to a Bonhams statement. A two-bottle lot of Mouton 1959 has an upper estimate of 3,200 pounds.

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index of top Bordeaux vintages has risen 5 percent this year, with a 3 percent decline since mid-March following a gain of 8 percent in the previous 10 weeks. Price cuts on Bordeaux 2012 futures over the past two months have weighed on the broader wine market.

Mouton has been “the strongest of the first growths this year,” Chris Smith, investment manager at The Wine Investment Fund in London, said in his latest monthly market report. The fund, invested in Bordeaux, has about $50 million under management.

A single bottle of Echezeaux 1985 Henri & Georges Jayer Burgundy carries a top estimate of 3,000 pounds while four vintages of Vouvray Moelleux Domaine Huet Cuvee Constance from the Loire are on sale, with a case of 1989 priced at as much as 1,500 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.


June 28:         Christie’s, Paris
June 29:         Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
June 28/29:      Hart Davis Hart, Chicago


July 11:         Bonhams, London
July 17:         Sotheby’s, London
July 27:         Bonhams, San Francisco


Sept. 6/7:       Zachys, Hong Kong
Sept. 7:         Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
Sept. 7:         Sotheby’s, Hong Kong
Sept. 7:         Zachys, Hong Kong
Sept. 11:        Sotheby’s, London
Sept. 12:        Christie’s, London
Sept. 12:        Bonhams, London
Sept. 13/14:     Acker Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong
Sept. 14:        Bonhams, San Francisco
Sept. 19/20:     Zachys, New York
Sept. 21:        Hart Davis Hart, Chicago


Oct. 4/5:        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


Nov. 7:          Christie’s, London
Nov. 13:         Sotheby’s, London
Nov. 20:         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


Dec. 6/7:        Zachys, New York
Dec. 7:          Hart Davis Hart, Chicago
Dec. 11:         Sotheby’s, London
Dec. 12:         Bonhams, London
Dec. 13/14       Acker Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong
Dec. 18:         Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
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