Uncorkings: Acker Merrall & Condit’s First Hong Kong Auction of the Year Fetches Nearly $7 million

Plus more news and notes from the world of wine, spirits and beer.

Acker Merrall & Condit’s first Hong Kong auction of the year netted $6.78 million. The sale, which took place January 25–26, was 96% sold, and its highlights included six magnums of Dujac’s 1985 Clos de la Roche ($44,154), a 12-bottle case of 1982 Pétrus ($63,077) and six magnums of assorted 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti ($69,385). Acker Merrall’s next event is in New York City on February 23, followed by another auction in Hong Kong on March 22–23.

Wine importer and distributor Winebow, Inc., has been appointed the exclusive U.S. importer of Ceretto, effective March 1. The Piedmont, Italy-based Ceretto family has been making wine for more than 80 years, and today produces an array of bottlings made from fruit sourced from its 395 acres of vineyards.

Craft brewery Dogfish Head plans to launch another beer-wine hybrid in March. Dubbed Sixty-One, the bottling is named to suggest that it’s based on the company’s 60 Minute IPA, plus an extra ingredient: Syrah grape must from California. The brew will be available throughout Dogfish Head’s 27-state distribution network, and it’s set to retail for $8.99–$9.99/12-ounce four pack.

The national winery organization WineAmerica has named Mark Chandler executive director. Prior to his appointment, Chandler served as executive director of the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission for 20 years, and most recently launched a consulting business. With more than 800 members from 48 states, WineAmerica promotes the advancement of American wine and provides a cohesive voice for dealing with legislative and regulatory issues that affect wineries at the state level.

The owners of Château Le Puy, an estate located in AOP Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, have applied for a single-vineyard appellation, which would be the first of its kind in Bordeaux. Consultants Lydia and Claude Bourguignon conducted a geological study and identified roughly 14 acres within Le Puy’s approximately 124-acre plot that have a distinct limestone composition. If the Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualité (INAO) approves the request, the section of land would become AOP Le Puy. The decision is expected this year.

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