1978 Romanee-Conti breaks wine case world record



2015-06-26 13:32:27

1978 Romanee-Conti breaks wine case world record

Twelve bottles of 1978 Romanee-Conti smashed the previous record by 38% at Christie's

Twelve bottles of DRC's 1978 Romanee-Conti realised $477,000 at Christie's Fine and Rarest Wine sale in Hong Kong on November 22-24 - a world record for a case of wine at auction.

The case realised an impressive 234% increase on its $142,598 estimate, and a significant 38.3% improvement on the previous world record of $345,000,set by six magnums of 1945 Mouton Rothschild in 2006.

DRC vineyard Romanee Conti The Romanee-Conti vineyard in the Cote de Nuits region of Burgundy, France

Another case of 1978 Romanee-Conti realised $301,723 - up 111% on an identical valuation.

This autumn has seen strong sales of Romanee-Conti, which is currently outperforming other Burgundies at almost every price point.

A sale on October 25-26 saw three bottles of the 2006 Romanee-Conti achieve $31,070 at Hart Davis Hart in Chicago.

An almost complete set of Chateau Latour wines, dating from 1881 to 2008 and comprised of 105 bottles, realised an identical figure of $301,723.

The auction achieved total sales of $9m, further cementing Hong Kong's status as one of the most significant centres for the sale of rare wines.

Simon Tam, Christie's head of wine in China, commented: "It was extremely gratifying to see wines from the legendary terroir of Champagne, Spain, Barolo and Australia reach new levels alongside the classics of the finest Bordeaux and Burgundy.

"This auction emphasized the growing demand and importance for premium wines with the finest provenance."

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