Romanée-Conti 1985, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (1 methuselah)
Sold for HK$735,000 in Hong Kong, 14 November 2014

Art Market Review

Issue 9, July - December 2014

Page 34

This Methuselah – 6 litres of wine, equivalent to eight bottles – of one of the great years of one of the great Burgundies, was understandably keenly contested. Critics have long vied for superlatives to describe this vintage. According to wine writer and noted Burgundy expert, Allen Meadows, the wine is: "Gorgeously expressive and highly spiced with a rich panoply of aromas, running from Asian spice notes like soy, hoisin and clove to a mix of primary and secondary black fruit aromas, violets and the classic dried rose petal. The big yet refined flavours are rich, intense, mouth filling and still quite youthful, indeed even energetic on the palate drenching and mouth coating finish of spectacular length." As the price shows, several collectors agreed and the bidding on this very special bottle was intense.

Richard Harvey MW
Director of Wine

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