The surprise came in 2011 when wine lovers found that at the completion of a slower evolution 1988 could reach a quality worthy of being compared to 1990.
On September 8, 2011, Bonhams sold for £ 126K including premium a lot of twelve 1990 bottles and for £ 75K including premium a lot of twelve 1988 bottles.
Two lots, each one consisting of 12 bottles of 1988 DRC (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) are to be sold by Christie's : lot 83, estimated HK $ 1.1M on September 6 in Hong Kong; lot 69, estimated £ 90K, on September 11 in London.
On October 4 in Hong Kong, Sotheby's sells a splendid vertical of 6 bottles each from 19 consecutive younger vintages, from 1992 to 2010, totaling 114 bottles, estimated HK $ 12M. This lot is announced in the press release.
For a more detailed view of the behavior in recent years, let us go back to Christie's with two lots of 6 bottles each. The DRC 1997 is estimated £ 40K in London on September 11, lot 70. The DRC 1999 is estimated HK $ 650K in Hong Kong on September 6, lot 87.
Results including premium :
SOLD for HK$ 1.35M the lot of twelve bottles of 1988 Romanée-Conti
SOLD for HK$ 800K the lot of six bottles of 1999 Romanée-Conti
SOLD for £ 94K the lot of twelve bottles of 1988 Romanée-Conti
SOLD for £ 45K the lot of six bottles of 1997 Romanée-Conti
Sotheby's sold for HK$ 12.6M the lot of 114 Romanée-Conti bottles 1992-2010