Richebourg ’85 Leads at Acker With 1960s Burgundy, Rhone

An original wooden case of 1985 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Richebourg Burgundy led bids at an Acker Merral & Condit auction in New York, fetching $34,580 in a sale also featuring wines from the Rhone valley and Champagne.

A case of 1964 Musigny Comte de Vogue sold for $32,110, as did a three-bottle lot of Jaboulet 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle Rhone. Twelve bottles of Chateau Haut-Brion 1989 Bordeaux went for $23,465, according to an emailed statement from Acker.

The sale on Nov. 20 came as demand in the wider market for fine wine is showing signs of picking up after a three-year slide in top Bordeaux prices. The London-based Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 Index has risen since the end of July after a 16-month drop.

The sale “emphasized yet again how diverse and global wine collecting has become,” Acker Chief Executive Officer John Kapon said in the statement. “For the first time that I can remember, South America (buyers) outperformed Asia in a New York auction, indicating some emerging global trends, with both markets combining for approximately 25 percent of the sale.”

A case of 1982 Chateau Latour from Bordeaux sold for $24,700 while top champagnes included 12 bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal Rose, which sold for $18,525, and six magnums of Dom Perignon Rose, which fetched $16,055.