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A largest-sized 15-litre Château Mouton Rothschild, known otherwise as the "Nebuchadnezzar", is one of the highlights of Bonhams' Hong Kong sale of Fine and Rare Wine on 10 September 2021. The vintage is from the legendary year of 2000 and carries an estimate of HK$1,000,000-1,300,000.
The commemorative bottle alone is a collector's item. Each year since 1945, the Château Mouton Rothschild label has been illustrated with an artwork by a renowned painter, from Picasso and Chagall to Hockney and Warhol. For 2000, in an exceptional departure from this tradition, no painter was commissioned. Instead, the glass was adorned with an "Augsburg Ram", paying tribute to a chased silver-gilt drinking vessel created around 1590 by Jakob Schenauer, a German master goldsmith. In order to reproduce all the refinement and lustre of the original work, the glassmaker B.S.N. – after four months of research – came up with a new technique for enamelling in relief. The scintillating texture of the Ram, which catches the light from different angles, called for the utmost precision of craftsman and a complex method for firing the gold and enamel.
Daniel Lam, Bonhams Director of Wine and Spirits Asia, commented: "It is a joy to present something so collectible and so iconic to the Asia market. The 2000 Château Mouton Rothschild Nebuchadnezzar is a perfect example of profound wine meeting remarkable bottle artistry. A bottle of this exceedingly large size means a relatively slower oxidation process, which is always a plus for serious collectors. Only a handful of examples of this vintage are believed to have been produced, and even fewer ever offered in the market in Asia."
Other highlights of the sale include:
Lot 39. 2010 Duclot Bordeaux Collection. Estimate: HK$70,000-90,000 (9 bottles)
Lot 100. 1970 Vega Sicilia Unico. Estimate: HK$17,000-23,000 (1 magnum)
Lot 162. 1998 Petrus. Estimate: HK$110,000-150,000 (6 bottles owc)
Lot 175. 1990 Château Latour. Estimate: HK$25,000-33,000 (5 bottles)
Lot 201. 1993 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Estimate: HK$110,000-140,000 (1 bottle)
Lot 209. 1996 & 2002 Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos St. Jacques, Armand Rousseau. Estimate: HK$15,000-20,000 (2 bottles)
Lot 227. 2015 Bienvenue- Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Ramonet. Estimate: HK$23,000-30,000 (6 bottles in original carton box)
Lot 134. 2002 Dom Perignon. Estimate: HK$6,000-8,000 (2 magnums in individual gift boxes)
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