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Bonhams Announce Hong Kong 2011 Autumn Fine and Rare Wines Auction for November 24

The Bonhams Hong Kong 2011 Autumn Fine & Rare Wines Auction offers an exceptional selection of fine and rare wines from around the world ranging from legendary French Burgundy and Bordeaux to iconic Californian cult wines carefully sourced from pristine private collections. A total of 700 lots with an estimate of HK$16 million will go to block on 24 November at the Island Shangri-La Hotel in conjunction with the Rarest Single Malt Whisky sale.

The top lots come directly from the private cellars of wine connoisseurs. An outstanding European collection consists of the rarest Burgundy – 3 cases of Romanée Conti 1988 in their pristine original wooden cases with sequential numbers and a legendary offer of 12 bottles of Romanée Conti from the highly regarded 1990 vintage. From Bordeaux comes a case each of the magnificent Lafite Rothschild 1982 and Petrus 1982. The eminent collector bought only first growth Bordeaux and Romanee-Conti and purchased them from an UK wine merchant between 1988 and 2000. From the time the wines were delivered to him they have been stored in the private cellar of his London house at a constant temperature of 14 degrees centigrade, ensuring immaculate conditions for his stellar collection.

Another impeccable collection comes from a Far East connoisseur which features over 600 bottles of first and second growths spanning the 1980s and 1990s, including 3 Magnums of Chateau Latour 1970, 12 bottles of Lafite 1989, and 12 bottles of Cote Rotie, La Mouline, Guigal 1988.

Coming from the cellar of a United States East Coast gentleman is an important single-owner collection comprising over 2,000 bottles of mature claret, including over 15 cases of Chateau Montrose 1989, 2 cases of Haut Brion 1990, 1 case of Chateau Latour 1990, and 6 cases of Chateau Lynch Bages 1990.

From legendary French wines, we cross over to California with a super lot of 64 bottles from the iconic cult winery Sine Qua Non. Winemaker Manfred Krankl feels strongly that each vintage is a completely unique wine and thus he gives each wine a unique name. He also creates the artwork for each new label himself and the small-production wines are released only to mailing list customers. As such, there is high demand for the Sine Qua Non wines in the auction market.

Sine Qua Non’s winemaking philosophy is to work in very small batches, gravity flow, natural yeasts (unless a fermentation problem is anticipated), long lees aging for the whites and repeated racking for the reds to open them up. This is a modified explanation of a very dedicated and artistic approach to winemaking. The wines are simultaneously very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.

Bonhams’ superlot of 64 bottles of Sine Qua Non from a French connoisseur comes in various formats and vintages, including the First Vintage release Black and Blue 1992, E-raised which earned an excellent Robert Parker 100pts rating, Just for the Love of It, Poker Face, and Inaugural. Many of them are in a very rare Magnum format with very limited production. The aesthetic shapes of the bottles and design of the labels alone made these Sine Qua Non wines collectible art in their own right.

In addition, a fantastic array of wines from the great vineyards of Germany, Hungary and Australia are offered in this exciting auction.

Highlight lots:

12 Bottles, Domaine Romanée Conti, DRC 1990, HK$1,150,000 – HK$1,350,000
12 Bottles Domaine Romanée Conti, DRC 1988 HK$750,000 – HK$850,000
12 Bottles Domaine Romanée Conti, DRC 1988 HK$750,00 – HK$850,000
12 Bottles Domaine Romanée Conti, DRC 1988 HK$750,000 – HK$850,000
64 bottles A collection of “Sine Qua Non” 1992 – 2006 HK$270,000 – HK$360,000
12 Bottles Château Margaux, Margaux 1982 HK$95,000 – HK$120,000
12 Bottles Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac 1982 HK$480,000 – HK$550,000
12 Bottles Château Pétrus, Pomerol 1982 HK$480,000 – HK$550,000
12 bottles Château Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan 1989 HK$125,000 – HK$160,000
3 Half Bottles The Royal Tokaji Essencia 2000 HK$7,000 – HK$9,000
6 bottles Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac 2008 HK$45,000 – HK$60,000

Auction Date
24 November at 5pm
Concurrent with the Rarest Single Malt Whisky Auction

Island Ballroom & Taishan Room, Island Shangri-La Hotel, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Representatives of the media are invited to come to the public previews and the auction on 24th November.

For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to

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