The Wine Chronicle 《品醇集》



By David Ma


Collected by an esteemed Hong Kong collector from 1980s and matured in Hong Kong cellars since, a collection of some 500 lots of fine wine will be available for bidding on 16 November in Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky Auction.

Described by the auctioneer as a "Made in Hong Kong" collection for having been aged in Hong Kong cellars for at least 15 years, the lots are said to have been immaculately preserved and aged.

The collection features mature Bordeaux, multiple vintages of Penfolds Grange, Hill of Grace and cult wines from California. Highlights of the collection include Château Pétrus 1990 (4 bottles) estimated at HKD88,000 to 120,000, Château Margaux 1982 (12 bottles) estimated at HKD60,000 to 80,00, Château Lafite Rothschild 2000 (12 bottles) estimated at HKD96,000 to 140,000 and Penfolds Grange 1986 (12 bottles) estimated at HKD36,000 to 42,000.

The auction also features a vertical collection of Mouton Rothschild from 1960 to 2010 (53 bottles) estimated at HKD300,000 to 380,000. Not to be missed is a Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 (5 liters) autographed by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild with an estimate of HKD140,000 to 180,000.

The Whisky section of the sale is very strong leading with an American Hogshead Cask from Macallan Distillery, 1996-22 year old, estimated at HKD2.2 to 2.8 million

The sale also presents the largest selection of Japanese whisky including a bottle of Karuizawa-1960-52 year old, which was sampled and kept by Osami Uchibori, the former malt master of Karuizawa Distillery estimated at HKD1 to 1.4 million. Also featuring is Hanyu Ichiro's Malt-Joker "Monochrome" & "Colour" estimated at HKD1.1 to 1.4 million.

The auction also has the largest Macallan Fine & Rare offering, spanning seven decades over 20 bottles from vintages between 1937 and 1991, and with an estimate ranging from HKD55,000 to 60,000. Also not to be missed is a selection of collectable Bowmore including the first and second edition of Black Bowmore-1964, estimated at HKD130,000 to 180,000 and various bottling from the same year.

The November sale has a total of over 1,100 lots, of which 650 are wine and 530 lots are whisky, the sale has a pre-sale estimate of at least HKD30 million and is Bonhams largest sale to date in terms of total lots.

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