New Auction Record Set for a Château Mouton Rothschild “Nebuchadnezzar”

Mouton Rothschild 2000

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Mouton Rothschild 2000

Mouton Rothschild 2000

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The legendary Nebuchadnezzar

On September 10, a Château Mouton Rothschild “Nebuchadnezzar” set a new record at Bonhams Hong Kong Fine and Rare Wine sale for HK$1,091,200/US$140,299. 

Nebuchadnezzar is the largest mainstream size of all produced bottles and holds 15 litres of wine, the equivalent of 20 regular 750ml bottles. The Château Mouton Rothschild “Nebuchadnezzar”, which is from the legendary 2000 vintage, eclipses the previous record of HK$918,750/US$117,788. 

Commenting on the auction result, Bonhams Director of Wine and Spirits Asia Daniel Lam said: “We are delighted to set a new auction record the first time we sold this iconic bottle in the Asia market and to an Asian collector. This testifies for the maturity and diversity of the wine market in the region.”

Other notable results include:

  • Château Petrus 2010, Pomerol (6). Sold for HK$198,400/US$25,504
  • Château Mouton Rothschild 2000, Pauillac 1er Cru Classé (10). Sold for HK$198,400/US$25,504
  • Château Petrus 1998, Pomerol (6). Sold for HK$173,600/US$22,316. 

The famous label

Each year since 1945, the Château Mouton Rothschild label has been illustrated by contemporary artists, from Picasso and Chagall to Hockney and Warhol. The label of 2000 was created differently: Rothchild did not commission any painters, instead, the glass was adorned with an “Augsburg Ram.” The ram is the estate's symbol and is in the family crest. 

The excellent texture of the Ram catches the light from different angles, thanks to a high level of craftsmanship and gold firing techniques. 

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