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Acker Merrall’s May 18th evening auction saw over 170 new world records set amongst an estimated US$3.5 Million in sales

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Global demand remained a driving factor for the world’s greatest wines, as international collectors descended on New York both in person and with their bids, buying aggressively across the board, accounting for an exceptionally strong 40% of the sale’s total.  Bordeaux seemed to be the benefactor of a lot of that international demand, as prices were noticeably healthy, perhaps sparked by the beginning of the En Primeur campaign, and a better vintage with 2015.  Cutting-edge Burgundy Domaines, including the next generation of long established, famous estates, were particularly strong as bidders snapped up numerous lots from names like Liger-Belair, Fourrier, Fontaine-Gagnard, Sauzet, Faiveley andGrivot.  The aforementioned producers achieved a significant slice of world records set throughout the night, stealing a bit of the spotlight from some of the more traditionally big names.  Italy also had a strong showing in NYC with twenty-four new world records, led by one of the world’s greatest estates, Bruno Giacosa, with eight of those records thanks to a superb European collection featuring rare Barolo and Barbaresco back to 1964.

The classic names of France dominated the night’s Top Lots. A twelve bottle lot of the magnificent 1989 Petrus was the number one lot, selling for $43,225. Two legendary wines from Dujac stood tall, with nine bottles of 1990 Dujac Clos de la Roche selling for $24,700 and four bottles of 1985 Dujac Clos de la Roche bought at $16,055, both grabbing Top Five status, as did three bottles of 1999 Henri Jayer Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux at $24,700.  An imperial of the 1989 Haut Brion sold for $16,055, and cases of 1973 DRC La Tache plus 1985, 1996, 1999 and 2009 Romanee Conti lots made sure that the world’s most important Domaine had its usual presence within the night’s Top Lots.

Over 170 new world records is a big number. Anytime, anywhere.  And so is more than 40% of the sale’s total going to international buyers, predominantly in Asia and South America,” said Acker Merrall and Condit Companies’ Chairman and CEO John Kapon.  “All the negativity in the international news headlines doesn’t seem to translate to the wine auction floor, and it says a lot about the Acker Merrall brand, and the presence we have globally.  We are back in Hong Kong on June 4th with another sensational sale, and we will be joined by the Comte Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, one of Burgundy’s true superstars and best winemakers.  This season continues to go from strength to strength in exciting fashion.”

 

 

Highlights from the May 18th, 2016 NYC Auction
 
Lot # Qty Format Vintage Wine Price in USD
33 3 Magnums 2000 Mugnier Musigny $6,793
227 10 Bottles 1973 DRC Richebourg $9,263
276 1 Magnum 1968 Vega Sicilia Unico $4,323
330 6 Bottles 1971 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon $2,223
344 1 Imperial 1989 Chateau Haut Brion $16,055
349 1 Imperial 2000 Chateau Mouton Rothschild $12,350
360 12 Bottles 1989 Chateau Lynch Bages $4,940
372 4 Bottles 1985 Dujac Clos de la Roche $16,055
373 9 Bottles 1990 Dujac Clos de la Roche $24,700
376 3 Bottles 1989 Ramonet Bienvenue Batard Montrachet $2,100
382 12 Bottles 1989 Petrus $43,225
403 6 Bottles 1985 Sassicaia $12,350
439 6 Bottles 1974 Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon $8,645
478 3 Bottles 1982 DRC La Tache $4,693
481 3 Bottles 1999 Henri Jayer Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux $24,700
492 12 Bottles 1995 Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet $7,410
554 4 Bottles 1996 D'Auvenay (Leroy) Chevalier Montrachet $12,350
568 1 Bottle 1990 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne $4,693
656 2 Bottles 1983 Henri Jayer Echezeaux $9,263
660 12 Bottles 1986 Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos des Chenes $3,211
663 6 Bottles 2002 Meo-Camuzet Richebourg $9,263
752 2 Bottles 1971 B Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva $4,323
757 2 Bottles 1967 B Giacosa Barolo Collina Rionda Riserva $3,705
875 3 Bottles 2002 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes, Francaises $3,211
 

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