Top 10 news of 2018 in China’s wine market

8. Superlative 19th century wine dinner

If one needs any proof of Hong Kong’s fine wine drinking prowess, look no further than at the city’s extravagant wine dinners.

In October last year, Hong Kong-based wine importer The Fine Wine Experience unveiled arguably the most expensive wine dinner in the city at HK$108,000 (US$13,800) a head, featuring a lineup of 14 rare bottles from the 19th century, including a few pre-phylloxera wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy.

The dinner featured at least four pre-phylloxera wines, two from Burgundy’s venerable estate Bouchard Père & Fils in Beaune, and another two from Bordeaux – the 1865 vintage of Bordeaux first growth Château Lafite Rothschild and third growth Château Giscours, in addition to wines over 100 years old from Château Latour and Château d’Yquem.

Admittedly great wines can age for decades, but can they withstand the test of time for more than 150 years? Apparently 12 deep-pocketed individuals got the chance to find out last October.

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