In recent years, these sales have been transferred to Hong Kong. The second sale of Château Mouton Rothschild will take place on January 30. Here is the link to the press release.
Of course, these sales enable to compare the vintages. The large formats conducive to a better maturation of the red wine are especially enjoyed. Some bottles are grouped into playful or emotional themes, such as the tribute to Baroness Philippine who died last year.
Cleverly, the next sale coincides in China with the year of the ram, the animal which is also the emblem of the château through an easy pun.
Lot 248, estimated HK $ 1M, is a vertical of 66 bottles from 1945 to 2012 with two missing years. We can compare this lot with a vertical of 62 magnums sold for £ 155K including premium by Christie's on March 24, 2011.
Lot 80, estimated HK $ 750K, is an interesting 2000 horizontal consisting of 6 bottles, 6 magnums, 1 jeroboam, 1 imperial and 1 nebuchadnezzar.
The oldest bottle, 1870, estimated HK $ 80K, is the lot 263. We will see if this pre-phylloxera vintage offers a similar surprise as the three 1869 Château Lafite Rothschild bottles that sold for HK $ 1.8M each including premium over an estimate of HK $ 40K in another direct sale by Sotheby's on October 29, 2010.
Do not forget the younger ! By its exceptional year and its 15 liters, the 2009 nebuchadnezzar at lot 140 is highly promising. It is estimated HK $ 110K.
RESULTS INCLUDING PREMIUM :
2000 horizontal of various sizes : HK$ 1.7M
1870 bottle : HK$ 390K
2009 nebuchadnezzar : HK$ 233K