Thursday, 17 April 2014

Fergie's Big Red Sale

Sir Alex Ferguson claims Asia holds great affection for Manchester United
Wine lovers in Hong Kong are stirred up in a frenzy with the news that retired Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will auction off a good selection of his wines -- reds of course -- in the city next month.

There's about 5,000 bottles up for grabs at the Christie's sale, with an estimated value of HK$39 million ($5 million). One star lot features six bottles of Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 1999 together with a Manchester United Champions League shirt from the same year signed by the former ManU boss. Together the lot is worth HK$850,000.

Ferguson claims he wanted to auction off some of his collection in Hong Kong as "Asia is a part of the world that holds great affection for Manchester United". How about perhaps because he knows he'll get record prices for his wines?

Bottles of Chateau Petrus will be auctioned off next month
Last year Christie's Hong Kong sold a dozen bottles of French Burgundy for a world record of HK$3.67 million.

Of his collection, 75 percent is from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, a top Burgundy wine which is hot property these days.

His cellar includes bottles from every year he was with Manchester United, from 1986 to 2013; 1999 is a good year for him, as the team won an unprecedented treble tournaments -- the English Premier League, the Champions League and FA Cup.

"People keep saying, 'What was the best moment of your life as a manager?' and '99 is without question," Ferguson said in an interview. "There was always this thing about my career that I never had won the Champions League, so to win it in the way we did win it was absolutely fantastically special. And it coincided with a vintage; you were talking about Romanee-Conti '99, a really special year. I think we deserved that."

The wines go under the hammer on May 24 in Hong Kong and then sales of his other wines will take place in London in June and online.


  1. My first reaction was "What? She's writing about football?" Then when I read through the whole blog post and realized it was more about wine, it made sense... :D