Weekend Plans? How About Trying 75 of the World’s Rarest Wines

Krug Room - Karl Prouse

Guests will be welcomed with vintage Krug before being wined and dined for three nights.

An 1884 d’Yquem, a 1961 Mouton Rothschild and a 1959 magnum of Krug are on the menu for a three-day wine-tasting extravaganza in June for just 18 lucky oenophiles.

Auction house Acker Merrall & Condit will be uncorking some of the world’s rarest wines — literally one-of-a-kind bottles — to enjoy at sumptuous dinners as part of its annual Greatest Wines of The World Weekend.

The value of these wines is estimated at a staggering HK$3 million (US$382,200).

Held between 7-9 June in Hong Kong and Macau, 75 incredibly rare vintages from the auction house’s private cellar — an average of 25 per meal — will be served over three nights. Some of the stars will include an 1884, 1890 and 1900 d’Yquem; a 1911 Latour; a 1928 Lafite Rothschild; a 1945 Mouton Rothschild (the chairman’s favourite wine, according to his notes); and a 1959 Krug Magnum.

The weekend begins on Thursday at Hong Kong’s triple-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation with a Champagne reception, followed by Friday night’s feast at The Garden Suite of The Peninsula Hotel. Saturday’s feast will take place in Macau at The Eight at The Grand Lisboa Hotel, where guests will be whisked across from Hong Kong by helicopter at 7pm and met by a limousine.

The prestigious US-based auction house has been running Greatest Wines Weekends in the US and Asia on and off for 14 years. John Kapon, colourful chairman of the auction house, recalls the very first edition of the Greatest Wines Weekend in 2004 as one of his favourite all-time memories.

“It was incredible; over 40 people came from all over the world to participate in the weekend we are recreating this June in Hong Kong. Never had I had so many great wines in one weekend before,” he says.

Which wine is he looking forward to sampling during the Greatest Wines Weekend? "The 19th Century Yquem flight is very rare; it is not often you try wines from two centuries ago," he says. "The Ramonet Montrachet flight with two served out of Magnum is one I have my eye on as well, and the 1945 Rayas. But they’re all highlights."

Finally, with above-average alcohol consumption expected over the weekend, what are Kapon’s tips for maintaining stamina and avoiding a hangover? “Lots of water all day and night is key. Sometimes I will have a snack before a big dinner — an empty stomach is never an ally. Getting enough sleep is also my best friend. After a big night, starting the next day later is okay — I can always make the work up the next night.”

The cost of the weekend is HK$208,888 (US$26,000) per person; limited spaces available.

For more information, click here.

Recommended For You

Related Articles