The Highest-Estimated Wine Auction In History

Michael Satterfield

Sotheby's will be presenting Transcendent Wines, the highest-estimated wine auction in history, from 29 to 31 March 2019, in Hong Kong. Estimated to bring $19-26 million*, the three-day sale will offer 2,704 lots (16,889 bottles of wines) from the extensive private cellars of The Transcendent Collector, featuring the finest producers from Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône, Bordeaux, and Italy. 

Transcendent Wines is the most significant single-owner wine sale ever held, bringing to the market in unprecedented breadth and depth some of the greatest names in the wine world. A true pioneer, the Transcendent Collector honed his tastes at an early age, choosing to focus on wines that he loved and appreciated. This passion and vision to seek out the very best have culminated in a collection on a scale the like of which has never been seen before.

The Lots Include:

  • 250+ lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, estimated in excess of US$5.3 million
  • 600+ lots of Domaine Coche-Dury, estimated in excess of US$4.7 million
  • 350+ lots of Dom Pérignon, estimated in excess of US$1.7 million
  • 80+ lots of Maison and Domaine Leroy, estimated in excess of US$900,000
  • 140+ lots of Domaine Guigal, estimated in excess of US$600,000

"With Sotheby's Wine's annual worldwide sales surpassing US$100 million in 2018, we continue to focus on offering outstanding single-owner wine collections, and it is with great anticipation that we present Transcendent Wines, the highest-estimated wine collection ever to be seen at auction, anywhere in the world."
-Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby's Wine

"We have witnessed strong momentum in the Asian wine market, with its voracious appetite for the very best wines. Transcendent Wines epitomizes a modern wine cellar from a new wave of enlightened collectors and will offer wine lovers from the region and beyond the opportunity to acquire wines of impeccable quality in substantial quantities. I look forward to presenting this important collection in Hong Kong, Asia's capital of wine." 
-Adam Bilbey, Head of Sotheby's Wine Asia