Sotheby's to offer ‘tour de force’ wine collection in Hong Kong



2016-08-09 13:32:18

A Sotheby's sale in Hong Kong next month will feature a private wine cellar described as a "tour de force of collecting".

The auction on September 3, entitled An Exceptional Cellar from the Old and New World, will offer more than 800 lots from a collection spanning 65 years, and is estimated to achieve HK$13 - $19 million (US$1.7 - $2.4 million).

The collection offers an array of vintages from Bordeaux châteaux on both the left and right bank, many in rare formats, along with mature vintages iconic New World estates.

Notable lots will include 12 bottles of Château Haut Brion 1989, estimated at HK$100,000 - $150,000 (US$12,000 - $19,000); a mixed case including four bottles of Sine Qua Non, The 17th Nail In My Cranium 2005, valued at HK$48,000 - $65,000 (US$6,000 - $8,000); and a mixed case including three magnums of Sine Qua Non, estimated at HK$22,000 - $32,000 (US$2,800 - $4,000).

"We are very excited to present this outstanding Single Owner Sale from a good friend of Sotheby’s and a gifted and adventurous wine collector who has covered the best viticultural areas of the world," said Serena Sutcliffe, M.W., Honorary Chairman, Sotheby’s Wine.

"It makes one gasp to see the breadth of choice and winemaking talent contained in this sale – you could call it ‘perfect pitch’. The span of wine styles and regions, vintages and formats is extraordinary, illustrating the consumer curiosity of this collector who wanted to taste and experience such a wide variety of fabulous wines from both the New and the Old Worlds.

"It is a ‘tour de force’ of collecting, a living testament to what oenology is all about in both the 20th and 21st centuries. You cannot amass a collection of this stature overnight – it takes time, patience and access to the best sources."

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