For sommeliers and enthusiasts alike, Chateau Lafite Rothschild wines command a special position in refined flavors and unique textures that they seem to possess. These products from the particular region of France have been collectors’ items the world over and Chateau has ensured its position as a producer of some of the most premier wines and also the most expensive ones too.
A Christie’s auction in Hong Kong last weekend saw an anonymous Chinese bidder buy 300 bottles of Château Lafite-Rothschild bundled into a single lot for a whopping $539,280, making it the most expensive single lot wine sale this year. The lot of Chateau Lafites was a comprehensively large one, with vintage years beginning 1981 till 2005, giving a whole pallet of options to taste and cherish from.
Prices for Chateau Lafite Rothschild have reportedly soared as much as twelve-fold over the past decade as the prestigious brand, with an average cost of $1,800 per bottle.
The sale ended with 547 lots successful, 96 percent of those offered. Among the other premium wines that contributed to the $7.6 million, 2 day sale was Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Moët & Chandon champagne from 1911 and Bordeaux’s very rare 1982 Le Pin.
Wine totaling more than $232.4 million has now been sold by the five largest auction houses so far this year, compared with their combined sales of $354 million for the whole of 2010.