By William Stolerman
Two exceptional lots of Krug starred at Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn 2010 Finest and Rarest Wines Auction.
Held on November 26, the premiere lot was an exploration of the House’s finest vintages from the 80s and 90s. The 144 bottles up for grabs included Krug Clos du Mesnil, Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, Krug Vintages, Krug Collections and Krug Grande Cuvée. The collection fetched HKD1,000,000, doubling its pre-sale estimate of HKD500,000.
The anonymous buyer is also entitled to a trip to the Krug Maison in Reims, France, where they will be offered two nights’ accommodation and a preview of the “assemblage” for the 2010 Krug Grande Cuvée. Krug Chef de Cave Eric Lebel and Director of the House Olivier Krug will also conduct a tasting of Krug Grande Cuvées from the last 20 years as well as a selection of Krug’s finest vintage champagnes.
The experience culminates with two Krug gastronomic experiences - one in ‘Clos du Mesnil’ and the other in a two Michelin starred restaurant in the region.
Also catching the eye was lot 585 which consisted of Krug Clos du Mesnil 1983, 1986 and 1992 respectively. Very rarely has the House of Krug created a Clos du Mesnil without creating a Krug vintage (because of the micro-climate) but this lot represents a unique collection from those three years. Valued at approximately HK$280,000, it sold for HK$350,000