The Bonhams Hong Kong 2013 Autumn Fine & Rare Wines, Cognac and Whisky Auction takes wine and spirits lovers on a journey round the world. A total of 600 lots will go to block on 21 November at the Island Shangri-La Hotel.
The pristine collections of rare wines come directly from the cellars of private collectors. From a renowned Hong Kong gentleman is a breathtaking collection of the rarest aged Bordeaux including Haut Brion, L'Evangile and La Mission Haut Brion, all from the legendary 1961 vintage.
Another impressive collection hails from a Swiss cellar featuring an eclectic selection of very fine wines. From Bordeaux are a double magnum of Chateau Palmer 1961, a Chateau Petrus collection from 1950s-70s, and 10 vintages of Chateau Lafite Rothschild from the 1980s. In the Burgundy section is the renowned "Vigneron" including Domaine Armand Rousseau and Comtes Lafon. And for the discerning d'Yquem lover, offerings of the world's most famous sweet wine include those from the 1926, 1947, 1967 and 2001 vintages.
With Italian fine wines increasing in popularity, Bonhams is proud to present a fantastic array of the country's best wines sourced directly from the Marchesi Antinori's cellar. This includes a vertical offering of its pillar wines Tignanello, Guado al Tasso and Solaia with vintages spanning from 1997 to 2007. In addition is a classic Italian collection of Barolo from Giacomo Conterno, Chiara Boschis and Elio Altare.
Other notable offerings include the California cult wine Sine Qua Non and over 20 lots of German Riesling from Robert Weil, Donnhoff and Markus Molitor.
As the only auction house to offer single malt whisky and vintage cognac in Hong Kong, Bonhams continues to bring highly sought-after spirits to an increasingly appreciative audience. Scottish whisky highlights include a full vertical selection of old Macallan ranging from vintages 1950 to 1988, the Macallan Royal Marriage editions celebrating the marriages of Prince Charles and that of Prince William, and the Macallan Fine & Rare series. From Gordon & Macphail comes a bottle of Generation-Mortlach 1938, a 70-year-old whisky which is the oldest expression of modern whisky and one of the only 54 bottles produced.
Following the successful sale of Japanese whisky in May 2013, the November sale offers over 50 bottles of the rarest Japanese whisky mostly from the silent distilleries of Karuizawa and Hanyu. Among them is a bottle of extremely rare Karuizawa 1966-21 year old single cask malt whisky, This bottle was released in the 1980s when Karuizawa was still managed by Ocean Group. In addition is an offering of Single cask from 1981 to 1992.
From Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Whisky comes a set of Jack Full House and a set of 13 cards series.
On the Cognac front, Bonhams is proud to offer an in-depth collection of aged antique Cognac. Highlights include a magnum of Louis XIII Black Pearl, old editions of Louis XIII from the 40s to 70s, Hennessy 1900 Queen's Coronation cognac, and 12 bottles of Martell 3 stars 1940s in original wooden case.
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