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.
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.
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.
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