Vintage methuselahs set for gigantic $90,000 tussle at Christie's

Wine is big business in Asia and Christie's Hong Kong auction later this month will be bigger than most.

The Finest and Rarest Wines sale on April 10 has thrown up two recently bottled methuselahs, both of which are expected to sell for eye watering amounts.

A Romanée-Conti vintage 2002 specimen with a high end estimate of $96,833 is sure to attract attention, and not just because it is eight times the size of a standard bottle of wine. From the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, this plonk comes in the original wooden case.

Estimated at $90,377, a methuselah of 2001 vintage Romanée-Conti will also have wine enthusiasts and investors salivating. It too comes in its original box.

Grapes of wealth: the Romanée-Conti vineyard

The Burgundy Grand Cru has proved popular in recent years with Asian buyers, in part due to its limited production, with an average of around 500 bottles made each year.

The auction's most expensive lot is anticipated to be 12 bottles of La Tâche vintage 1990, estimated at $116,199. Again from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, these consecutively numbered bottles will surely be highly prized by the cognoscenti.


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