Top burgundies to sell in Hong Kong

Top burgundies are expected to sell for a combined total of more than $3.3m in a Hong Kong sale on January 27.

Titled “Finest & Rarest Wines – Featuring the Spectacular Cellar of a Respected Aficionado”, the sale consist of 840 bottles, ranging from classic French wines to top end Japanese whiskies.

Henri Jayer wine

Henri Jayer was a legendary wine maker 

The highlight of the wine section is a six bottle case of Richebourg 1976 Henri Jayer, valued at up to $140,635.

Adam Bilbey, head of wine at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, said: “The focus and depth of the very finest domaines from Burgundy is at the core of this collection and does credit to the passion and research put in to building such an extraordinary cellar.

“This is a sale that celebrates the most sought-after names from the classic regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne and covering iconic vintages [while] Yamazaki 50 Year Old headlines another strong offering of the greatest names in the world of whisky, from both Scotland and Japan.”

That bottle of Yamazaki looks primed to be the standout of the sale, with a valuation of $140,365.

Only 150 were released in 2011. Part of the appeal of the libation is the fact it’s been aged in a Mizurna oak cask.

Mizurna trees are rare, ancient and the wood is porous and tricky to work with. However the flavour it imparts after several decades of maturation is said to be exceptional.

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