Acker Merrall & Condit announces extravagant HK$208,888 wine weekend

American wine auction house Acker Merrall & Condit began 2018 in much the same way it ended 2017 – with a seriously impressive wine inventory and even more impressive sales figures.

After successful first auction, Acker Merrall & Condit Chairman John Kapon announces HK$208,888 wine weekend
Acker Merrall & Condit Chairman John Kapon on the podium of last weekend’s Hong Kong auction

The company concluded its first auction of the year in Hong Kong last weekend, drawing in US$5.75million in sales and setting 113 world records simultaneously. Top performers included a six-bottle lot of 1990 Henri Jayer Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux (sold for US$152,981) and a fifty-two bottle vertical collection of Mouton Rothschild (US$76,490).

Despite this fantastic performance, Acker Merrall & Condit is not about to rest on its laurels. In fact, the wine merchant is looking to reinvent the wine tasting experience in Asia at the highest levels.

Auction Highlights: 2 double magnums 1989 Chateau Petrus (HKD$208,000-280,000)
Auction Highlights: 2 double magnums 1989 Chateau Petrus (sold for HKD$271,700)

Following the massive success of its inaugural Greatest Wines Weekend in New York City last year, Acker Merrall & Condit will be bringing this amazing experience to Hong Kong and Macau. Eyeing the most discerning (and most affluent) oenology enthusiasts and collectors, it is offering just 18 places for a special three-dinner event running 7-9 June.

Attendees will be wined and dined at three Michelin star Bo Innovation, then at the Peninsula Hotel before being helicoptered across to Macau on the third evening for a meal at The Eight.

Auction Highlights: 12 bottles 1990 DRC La Tache (HKD$520,000-680,000)
Auction Highlights: 12 bottles 1990 DRC La Tache (sold for HKD$592,800)

While the food promises to be fantastic, the true stars of the show are the amazingly rare wines served alongside them. Standout vintages include an 1884, 1890 and 1900 d’Yquem, a 1911 LaTour, a 1928 Lafite Rothschild, a 1945 Mouton Rothschild and a1959 Krug champagne.

The experience won’t come cheap. Tickets are set at a staggering HK$208,888 per head, but for a true wine lover, how much is too much for this once-in-a-lifetime affair?

Visit this site to purchase your own seat for the Greatest Wines Weekend, Hong Kong & Macau (7-9 June 2018).

Text: Tenzing Thondup
Images: Acker Merrall & Condit