DOMAINE DU COMTE LIGER-BELAIR SHINES
IN ACKER’S MAY HK AUCTION

Sale Realizes HK$70 Million

HONG KONG - MAY 30 2022

Three of the Top Lots in Acker’s May Hong Kong Auction:
Lot 878: 1 barrel 2020 Comte Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges
Lot 883: 1 Methuselah 2004 DRC Romanee Conti
Lot 539: 12 bottles 1959 Chateau Haut Brion

HONG KONG – MAY 30, 2022 – Despite ongoing lockdowns and restrictions in China, the wine market once again showed its resilience with Acker’s May Hong Kong auction realizing HK$70 million / US$9 million in sales. The two-day sale was led by an incredible consignment direct from the cellars of Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, with the Domaine setting an impressive twenty New World Records out of a total 137 all-time highs for the weekend. The auction excitement was heightened by prized selections from other notable collections, including The Forbidden Cellar, The Golden Bull, and The Emperor. Despite a volatile month of May in the world markets, Acker will close the month with nearly US$20 million in auction sales, continuing to illustrate that fine wine is still one of the best alternative assets in the market.

The Top Ten Lots were led by two New World Records, including a one-of-a kind barrel of 2020 Comte Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges selling for a sizeable price of $244,181 to match, and a methuselah of 2004 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee Conti up next earning $231,329. Six magnums of a rare OWC of 2003 DRC Assortment followed in the third position, totaling $115,665, and A. Rousseau earned fourth prize, fetching $77,110 for twelve bottles of 2005 Chambertin in its original case. Bordeaux made its way back into the top ten thanks to treasures from The Forbidden Cellar, first with a case of 1982 Chateau Lafleur in a three way tie with twelve bottles each of 2009 Domaine Leroy Clos Vougeot and 2006 DRC La Tache, all selling for $70,684. The ever-present DRC was back in the next two spots with eleven bottles of 2016 La Tache and twelve bottles of 2017 La Tache both collecting $64,258. Twelve bottles of 1959 Chateau Haut Brion in its original wood case, another selection from the Forbidden Cellar, and twelve bottles of 2010 A. Rousseau Chambertin completed the Top Ten, with both lots going for $61,045.

The showpiece of the auction, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, has a long-storied history in Burgundy, but its modern chapter began with the Comte Louis Michel Liger-Belair, who in 2000 took control of the Domaine. Comte Louis Michel, who restored the estate and judiciously added to the numerous hectares under vine, has also added to the prestige and adoration of this historically revered estate and its notably limited wines that have become adored by collectors and drinkers alike. In addition to the aforementioned exclusive barrel of 2020 Nuits St. Georges, selections earning New World Records included rare jeroboams of 2012 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere and 2009 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau, selling for $6,103 and $7,709, respectively. Limited magnums of 2015 Vosne Romanee ($2,570), Vosne Romanee Les Suchots ($8,351), Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots ($8,994), Vosne Romanee Les Petits Monts ($10,279), and the very first vintage of 2015 Clos Vougeot hammered at $8,994, added to the World Record tally. World record highlights culminated with La Romanee, and the extremely small crop of 2019 rocketing to $9,636, and very rare magnums of 2012 and 2016 La Romanee garnering $17,988 and $21,842.

“Despite a lot of uncertainty this month, it’s great to see the wine world remaining vigorous! We rode the Golden Bull once again, the Emperor struck back, and we explored the depths of the tremendous Forbidden Cellar. Great cellars such as these still attract the best of collectors. Of course, we were extremely honored to present selections direct from the cellars of Comte Liger-Belair, which had bidders in a frenzy to own the incredibly delicious wines from the Domaine. The Comte continues to set the bar higher and higher every year, and we are very honored to welcome his wines to our auctions every year,” commented Acker Chairman John Kapon. “There’s still more to come from Acker this auction season, with two more impressive sales before the summer break. This holiday weekend we are putting together the June auction, and it’s going to be a whopper! There’s still time to be part of the July Hong Kong auction, so don’t hesitate to get your collections ready to catch this market before summer!”

Acker’s auction season continues in Delaware on June 22nd and 23rd. Acker is currently accepting wines for the July 9th Hong Kong auction, with a deadline of Friday, June 10th. Spirits auctions close monthly, and weekly web auctions close each week. For more information, email info@ackerwines.com

Top Lots in Acker's May Hong Kong Auction

* Indicates New World Record

LOT QTY/FMT WINE PRICE (HKD) PRICE (USD)
6 4 Btls 1982 H. Jayer Echezeaux $273,900 $35,342
8 6 Btls 1990 DRC Montrachet in OWC $398,400 $51,406
21 6 Btls 2001 Domaine Leroy Vosne Romanee Les Genaivrieres $119,520* $15,422*
46 12 Btls 2009 Domaine Leroy Clos Vougeot in OWC $547,800 $70,684
77 1 Btl 1989 Dujac Clos de la Roche $24,900* $3,213*
105 1 Jero 2009 A. Ente Meursault La Seve du Clos in OWC $42,330* $5,462*
262 1 Mag 2003 A. Rousseau Chambertin  $64,740* $8,354*
265 1 Mag 2002 A. Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze  $84,660* $10,924*
269 1 Mag 2007 Raveneau Chablis Les Clos $27,390* $3,534*
294 3 Mags 2014 Prieure-Roch Clos Vougeot $39,840* $5,141*
368 6 Mags 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne in OCB $29,880* $3,855*
401 12 Btls 2019 P. Girardin Romanee St. Vivant in OWC $89,640* $11,566*
402 3 Btls 2018 Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet $24,900* $3,213*
407 1 Jero 2017 H. Boillot Montrachet in OWC  $44,820* $5,783*
465 12 Btls 2018 Chateau Leoville Las Cases in OWC  $24,900* $3,213*
493 24 Hlf Btls 1990 Chateau Angelus in OWC  $59,760* $7,711*
513 24 Hlf Btls 1985 Chateau Cheval Blanc in OWC  $69,720* $8,996*
519 22 Hlf Btls 1990 Chateau Cheval Blanc in OWC  $109,560* $14,137*
539 12 Btls 1959 Chateau Haut Brion in OWC $473,100 $61,045
539A 12 Btls 1961 Chateau Haut Brion in OWC $348,600 $44,981
560 12 Btls 1982 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion in OWC $139,440 $17,992
576 12 Btls 1982 Chateau Lafleur in OWC $547,800 $70,684
650 12 Btls 2005 A. Rousseau Chambertin in OCB $597,600 $77,110
619 12 Btls 1990 Chateau Petrus in OWC $398,400 $51,406
698A 6 Btls 2005 DRC La Tache in OWC $398,400 $51,406
699 12 Btls 2006 DRC La Tache in OWC $547,800 $70,684
705 12 Btls 2009 DRC Romanee St. Vivant in OWC $373,500 $48,194
714 4 Btls 2009 Domaine Leroy Romanee St. Vivant in OWC $323,700 $41,768
715 3 Btls 2013 Domaine Leroy Romanee St. Vivant in OWC $224,100* $28,916*
724 3 Mags 2017 Dujac Echezeaux in OCB $27,390* $3,534*
730 3 Mags 2014 Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Les Ouvrees Rodin in OWC $34,860* $4,498*
772 6 Btls 2008 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet in OWC $69,720* $8,996*
804 3 Mags 2000 Dom Perignon Rose in OCB $22,410* $2,892*
819 3 Btls 2006 Domaine Leroy Savigny les Beaune Les Narbantons $79,680* $10,281*
834 2 Mags 1999 DRC La Tache  $398,400 $51,406
864 1 Mag 2015 Comte Liger-Belair Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots in OWC $69,720* $8,996*
865 1 Mag 2015 Comte Liger-Belair Vosne Romanee Les Suchots in OWC $64,740* $8,354*
866 1 Mag 2015 Comte Liger-Belair Vosne Romanee Les Petits Monts in OWC $79,680* $10,281*
867 1 Mag 2014 Comte Liger-Belair Vosne Romanee Aux Brulees in OWC $69,720* $8,996*
871 1 Mag 2006 Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux in OWC $59,760* $7,711*
872 3 Btls 2012 Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux in OWC $64,740* $8,354*
873 4 Btls 2016 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee in OWC $298,800* $38,555*
875 1 Mag 2012 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee in OWC $139,440* $17,992*
876 1 Mag 2016 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee in OWC $169,320* $21,848*
878 1 Barrel 2020 Comte Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges $1,892,400 $244,181
880 6 Mags 2003 DRC Assortment in banded OWC $896,400 $115,665
883 1 Meth. 2004 DRC Romanee Conti in banded OWC $1,792,800* $231,329*
884 1 Meth. 2004 DRC Romanee St. Vivant in banded OWC $323,700* $41,768*
892 11 Btls 2016 DRC La Tache  $498,000 $64,258
893 12 Btls 2017 DRC La Tache  $498,000 $64,258
936 12 Btls 2012 Dujac Clos de la Roche in OCB  $84,660* $10,924*
944 12 Btls 2004 A. Ente Puligny Montrachet Les Referts in OWC  $94,620* $12,209*
946 1 Mag 1996 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet  $39,840* $5,141*
962 1 Mag 1985 DRC Richebourg $224,100 $28,916
975 2 Btls 1995 Meo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux $37,350* $4,819*
1070 3 Btls 2018 Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc in OWC $119,520* $15,422*
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