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Bonhams HK to hold biggest sale ever

Bonhams is to hold its largest ever fine wine and spirits sale this autumn in Hong Kong – featuring over 1,000 lots and including a cask of 1996 The Macallan while large format Le Pin will be offered in London.

Taking place in Hong Kong on 16 November, the sale includes 650 lots of wine and 530 lots of whisky, with a pre-sale estimate of HK$30 million.

Bordeaux, cult Napa Cabernet and top flight Aussie wines dominate the wine with 1990 Petrus, 1982 Margaux, 1992 Henschke Hill of Grace, 1986 Penfolds Grange and 1994 Dominus among the top lots.

Fine wine lovers should also look out for a five litre bottle of 2000 Mouton Rothschild, bottle number 5 of 5,000 signed by the late Baroness Philippine (HK$140,000-HK$150,000) and a vertical of 53 bottles of Mouton spanning 1960 to 2010 (HK$300,000 to HK$380,000).

At the heart of the entire sale though is an American hogshead cask of 1996 – 22 year old The Macallan, estimated at HK$2.2m to HK$2.8m.

Fans of Japanese whisky will be able to choose from over 70 bottles from Karuizawa and 50 bottles of single cask Yamazaki as well as the Hanyu ‘Card Series’.

Die hard Scotch drinkers though should turn their attention to various collectible Bowmores, including the Black Bowmore 1964, vintages of Macallan from 1937 to 1991 and old and rare whiskies from famous bottlers such as Samaroli, Moon, Sestante and Silver Seal.

Meanwhile, later in November 17 vintages of Le Pin in double magnums, consigned directly from the estate’s cellar will be offered by the auctioneer in London.

The vintages range from 1994 to 2015, with the 2009, 2010 and 2015 wines carrying estimates of £12,000 to £15,000 each.

Bonhams global head of wine, Richard Harvey MW, said: “Bonhams is honoured to have been entrusted by Le Pin with the sale of these rare double-magnums of such impeccable provenance.  The vintages on offer range from 1994 (a great success at the estate) through to 2015. This is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire large formats from one of Bordeaux’s finest properties.”

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