Lafite Shares Top Billing With Macallan at Sotheby's Hong Kong

  • Macallan Whisky from 1945 to 1980 among top lots sold
  • Romanee Conti, Haut Brion feature among leading Bordeaux wines

A twelve-bottle lot of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Bordeaux wine and a six-bottle lot of Macallan whisky spanning the years 1945 to 1950 each sold for HK$318,500 ($40,900) at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.

A three-bottle lot of Romanee Conti 2009 Domaine de la Romanee Conti grand cru Burgundy fetched HK$294,000 while a similar lot from the same grower’s 2007 vintage sold for HK$245,000, according to an e-mailed statement from Sotheby’s.

Bottles of Macallan Scotch whisky dating from 1945, 1946 and 1947 sold at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.

Source: Sotheby’s via Bloomberg.

The sale yesterday came ahead of the Chinese New Year, when appetite for mature Bordeaux, Burgundy and spirits is traditionally strong. It also coincided with increased demand for Bordeaux wines after a five-year slump that has seen prices of leading estates drop as much as 40 percent.

“We are very encouraged,” Adam Bilbey, head of Sotheby’s Wine Asia, said in the statement. “There was strong demand for classic regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy across all price points. 100 percent of the whiskies were sold.”

Six bottles of Macallan highland malt dating from 1951 to 1956 fetched HK$208,250 while six-bottle lots from the years 1957 to 1962, 1963 to 1968 and 1969 to 1974 sold for HK$196,000 each, according to Sotheby’s. A similar whisky lot spanning the years 1975 to 1980 went for HK$147,000.

Among top wines sold in the auction was a 12-bottle mixed case including various Domaine de la Romanee Conti vineyards from the 2003 vintage, which fetched HK$232,750 and a dozen bottles of Bordeaux first-growth Chateau Haut Brion from its standout 1989 vintage, which went for HK$147,000.

The overall sale totaled HK$16.87 million, according to Sotheby’s, of which whisky accounted for HK$1.37 million. Sotheby’s has a wine sale scheduled for London on Feb. 24 and another in Hong Kong on April 2.

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