Cover Kaigai Fine Wine Asia's covetable tipples

The Tokyo-based wine distributor and auction house has an impressive collection of rare and unique bottles, a handful of which are auctioned off at its regular auction events

This story was updated on July 22, 2020

Wine-loving communities with a taste for the finest pours know Kaigai Fine Wine Asia. It has been operating independently since 1991, and has grown into one of the leading distributors of wines and spirits in Asia.

Its well-curated collection is renowned, boasting over 1,000 rare and vintage bottles from predominantly Italy and France, specifically the popular winemaking regions of Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Piedmont.

Sourcing these gems are Kaigai’s dedicated team of specialists who have over the years developed close relationships with renowned wineries, big and small. Their customers also comprise leading restaurants and bars in Japan, as well as private clients and collectors across the globe who value their expertise and professional service.

Before social distancing was made mandatory due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kaigai would bring the community together through exclusive wine pairing events and tastings. Every year, collectors from all over the world would also book trips to Tokyo to attend its much-anticipated wine and whisky auction, which has been held a few times a year since 2000.

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It’s no surprise, given the highly-prized labels that have gone under the hammer, including the extremely rare Domaine de la Romanee-Conti-La Tache 1988 double magnum, and the 1940 vintage Macallan Red Ribbon that was even sold in its original wooden box.

Wine lovers will be glad to know that Kaigai is bringing its 28th Kaigai Fine Wine Online Auction to them via an online bidding exercise, from August 3 to 10. All one needs to do is sign up via its website or the mobile app. With this membership, they can browse more than 80 bottles of fine and rare wines handpicked for this year's special showcase to make a bid.

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Standouts include the 1976 Louis Roderer Champagne Cristal Rose; the 1986 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild; and the 1880 Bodega M. Giles Jerez Solera Oloroso, all of which are available in limited quantities. Don’t worry if you can't get your hands on these coveted gems, as there are still a number of outstanding choices from the likes of Gilles Barge Cote-Rotie, Chateau Latour, and Roger Pouillon.

And, even if you are unable to secure something from the August auction, you can look forward to similarly prized sips at the upcoming bidding event in October. It’s safe to presume, there'll be plenty more rare and exquisite choices to covet. And whether you’re in Singapore, Hong Kong or Europe, you’ll also enjoy tax-free shipping. 

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