In March, we welcomed in the Year of the Ox and rode the Golden Bull to an incredible US$10 million in sales with 30% of the lots achieving New World Records!  Building on this marvelous momentum, Acker is pleased to present one of the most exciting sales we can recall ever conducting in Hong Kong on April 23rd and 24th! Whenever you have wines from the personal collection of Martine Saunier, it is sure to be a spectacular auction.  Not to mention consignments direct from the cellars of Domaine Duroché, Haegelen-Jayer, and Grafe-Lecocq, and an incredible selection of Champagne Salon and Delamotte, including a luxurious, super-lot experience in Champagne at Salon, from a collector who purchased directly from the houses.  How about two Methuselahs of 1979 DRC with impeccable provenance, one purchased at the Domaine and the other re-waxed at the Domaine, or an OWC of 1961 La Mission Haut Brion?  More DRC?  How about an OWC of 1990 La Tache in magnums???  This is but a smattering of what’s inside this exceptional auction, otherwise, this letter would be a book unto itself.  We have five fantastic features this sale, and it’s difficult to not wax poetic on such a stellar selection of bottles, so be sure to study this catalogue thoroughly to seek out some outstanding stuff. We cannot wait for this sale to start, with our “live online” evening session on Friday, April 23rd, followed by our day session on Saturday, April 24th!


We kick off our Friday night, “live online” session of over 500 lots, with a great estate selection of DRC and mature Bordeaux! These wines come to us from a lifelong collector and member of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. 1986 Bordeaux provides the structure we need to start with standouts from Haut Brion, Latour, Margaux, and Mouton, before we tap into the greatness of decades past from the likes of 1961 Figeac, 1921 Montrose, and 1976 Petrus. Burgundy lovers can then behold over forty selections from The Domaine spanning four decades! Highlights here include 1980 Grands Echezeaux, 1996 La Tache, and Romanee St. Vivant back to 1978! Lovely Leroy then lends a hand, with historic offerings including 1953 La Romanee and 2001 Richebourg, before Bouchard, Lafon, Leflaive, and Raveneau offer a touch of white wine refreshment. An amazing cellar culled from a lifetime of collecting and the perfect start to a spectacular weekend, indeed!

The Finest French Wines from Three Spectacular Collections

A trusty trifecta of collectors who feature fantastic, French wines set us on the right path to dive into day two of this splendid auction! The first gentleman here offers a hotline to Bordeaux royalty, with all wines purchased as direct allocations from these Chateaux en primeur, and professionally stored in England ever since. There are numerous original wood cases often in parcels and the Left Bank is thoroughly represented here, especially the five First Growths, of course — all hail this Bordeaux Royalty! The second sir in this series brings us a serious selection of Red Burgundy from what is but a mere slice of his collection.

The treasure trove is deep here, with the spotlight on wines like 1996 La Tache, six lots of 2014 Leroy, including her ravishing Richebourg, Fourrier, Mugnier, Cathiard, and so many more gems. A fantastic collection in breadth, depth, and quality sure to scintillate every Burgundy lover around! Rounding out this terrific trifecta is an established collector with a taste for the best, buying from the best collections with superior provenance for decades. He brings our focus back to Bordeaux with bottles of 1959 Haut Brion, Mouton, and Latour (plus the 1961!). This is followed up by rare, full OWCs of some of the 20th century’s most famous clarets: 1961 La Mission, 1959 Margaux, 1961 Palmer, and more, with the grande finale of 1982, 1989, and 2000 (in magnum) Petrus!!! This is a spectacular selection of the finest that Bordeaux has to offer; this trifecta is truly exceptional and the fanfare for France’s best should accompany it!

Martine Saunier Headlines 8 Great Consignments

Wines from the personal collection of Martine Saunier headline the eight great consignments that come next in our parade of fabulous features. In just over one hundred lots, we have some of the most exciting wines of the entire sale. This high-octane octet opens with a jewel box collection, including a rarely seen Jeroboam of 1998 Chave Cuvee Cathelin! One of the Acker originals, a regular buyer and seller in our auctions for over 25 years then brings us a bevy of OWCs including 1986 Mouton, 1989 Lafleur, 1990 Lafite, and 1990 Petrus in magnum. Rounding out this tidy parcel is an original wood case of 1990 La Tache magnums, banded before inspection— a rare gem to be sure! DRC continues to deliver the goods with eleven lots from The Domaine purchased on release, featuring La Tache, Romanee Conti, and Montrachet!

The impeccable provenance prevails with four vintages of de Montille Malconsorts Cuvee Christiane and nine lots of lovely Leroy that shine a spotlight on the 2002 vintage, all purchased on release and professionally stored in London until this sale. Fifth on this fantastic list is a discerning yet understated collector of many of life’s pleasures including, most importantly, wine! His storage reflects his exacting standards, and every bottle has been stored in ideally. Late release 1990 Latour in OWC sets the stage for 1991 Rousseau Chambertin, 1999 Leroy Grand Crus, 2010 Coche-Dury, d’Auvenay Chevalier, and more extravagance! The next two dozen lots come to us courtesy of lifelong wine lover whose global banking career provided him with cellars on three continents, granting us access to a case of 1989 Haut Brion, a magnum of 2005 Romanee Conti, selections of Jacky Truchot, and 1978s from La Chapelle and Chave— wow!

Spectacular Top Lots & A Friday Night Special

There are just hours left before we return to Hong Kong to celebrate the start of 2021! This is always one of the most exciting times in Asia, and we enthusiastically bring you one last sale before the Year of the Ox on Friday and Saturday, January 22nd and 23rd. It is a pleasure to welcome back Jean-Louis Chave, who brings us an exceptional, Domaine-direct consignment from his heralded cellars in the Northern Rhone.

The Top Lots of the sale are packed with the likes of Leroy, DRC, Comte Liger-Belair, and other bests from Burgundy. Pomerol packs a punch with a parade of Le Pin. There’s even a spirited whiskey session, featuring Karuizawa and so much more. Get to bidding before this spectacular two-day sale begins!

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