'Fabled' $200,000 Romanee-Conti leads Acker's $15m September fine wine auctions

Acker Merrall & Condit, America's oldest fine wine merchant and great force in the fine wine markets, today announced its schedule and auction highlights for Fall 2011.

"The first half of 2011 has marked another record year for us with Acker again atop the market, posting six-month sales of nearly US$55m, even surpassing our record-setting results of 2010." enthused John Kapon, CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit Companies.

"This cements our position as the leader in international fine and rare wine.

"As the interest and appreciation of rare and fine wine continues to escalate, we remain committed to bringing the world's best and most extraordinary wine cellars to our auctions. And our schedule for the second half of the year promises to be even more exciting than the first."

Auctions in New York (September 10th at Marea) and Hong Kong (September 16th-17th at the Grand Hyatt) will represent a cumulative total of nearly US$15m of the world's finest and rarest wines.

Over $1m of Lafite Rothschild will be available at each auction, solidifying Lafite as the world's top brand at the moment, with Domaine de la Romanée Conti a not-so-distant second.

While Lafite will hold six out of the New York sale's seven top lots, DRC will hold all top seven lots in Hong Kong, including the month's star lot: an original wooden case of the 1990 Romanée Conti  - often described as 'fabled' or 'legendary' with an estimate of US$150,000-200,000.

Burgundy is certainly rarer than Bordeaux, and the incredible vineyard of Romanée-Conti, made exclusively by Domaine de la Romanée Conti, will also have the month's seven highest-valued lots, despite there being more Lafite overall available.

Jayer and Petrus are the only other brands to crack either sale's top ten lots.


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