19th-century Burgundy wine a hit at Hong Kong auction

Source:AFP Published: 2016/9/4 17:53:40

Some 2,000 bottles of vintage French Burgundy wine from the venerable Maison Bouchard Pere et Fils, including one from 1846, were snapped up at a Hong Kong auction Saturday.

The 1846 vintage, from the Meursault-Charmes region, sold for HK$134,750 ($17,451) - far exceeding a top-ranged estimate of HK$80,000 - to an undisclosed bidder after enthusiastic bidding at Christie's Hong Kong office.

The auction house described it as the oldest bottle in the Bouchard cellars, with a pale golden color and a honeyed character.

Tim Triptree, senior specialist and head of sales for Christie's wine department said he was "delighted" with the results from the Bouchard sale.

"Early examples of Burgundy like those presented in the sale are extremely rare, with 16 bottles in our sale dating from the 19th century," Triptree said following the auction.

"The strong results from today's sale, reflect how Burgundy wines continue to be avidly collected in the (Asian) region," he said, adding that the bottles were recorked after they were opened, tasted and checked.

Another highlight of the sale saw a 1865 Montrachet sold for HK$196,000, much more than the top range estimate of HK$60,000.

The vineyards of Maison Bouchard Pere et Fils, which the Henriot family of Champagne took over in 1995, cover around 130 hectares, of which 12 hectares produce grand cru wines and 74 hectares grow second-ranking premier crus.

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