Petrus ’89 Sells for HK$375,000 at Sotheby’s

Petrus. Photo: Guy Collins

By Guy Collins

A 12-bottle lot of Petrus 1989, from the Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux, sold for HK$375,000 ($48,400) at a Sotheby’s online wine sale in Hong Kong which ended Jan. 22, according to the auction house’s website.

A further 12-bottle lot of Petrus 2004 sold for HK$237,500 and 12 bottles of Petrus 1988 for HK$187,500, according to the website.

The Petrus vineyard is 11.4 hectares (28 acres) and situated on a plateau on the highest part of Pomerol, according to the website of London wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd. The topsoil and subsoil are almost all clay, unlike neighboring properties which have mixtures of gravel-sand or clay-sand. 95% of the vineyard is planted with Merlot vines, which are only replaced when they reach 70 years of age, according to Berry Bros.

A 12-bottle lot of Pomerol producer Le Pin’s 2001 vintage sold for HK$275,000 at the same auction. Le Pin is in the nearby village of Catusseau.

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