At Emperor, we believe the closest places to heaven on earth all have free flowing champagne. So we’ve put together a list of the best places in Asia for a die-hard champagne lover to get their fix – if you can get an invitation…
Best champagne Cellars in Asia
- Grand Lisboa – Macau
- Henry Tang’s elusive collection – Hong Kong
- Unesco World Heritage Bunker Cellar – Hong Kong
- The Transcendant Collector – Hong Kong
- Dr Gordon Ku’s private collection – Singapore
- Petrus Restaurant – Hong Kong
- Bungaraya resort – Borneo
- Atlas Bar – Singapore
#8. Atlas Bar – Singapore
Bottles: close to 2,000
Singapore’s very own Atlas bar is an ode to the roaring twenties and also happens to have one of the largest champagne lists of Asia with over 300 champagnes on offer.
It’s hard to miss the tower cellar when you arrive which holds some 250 bottles of the oldest champagnes in Asia including not one, but 4 bottles of Heidsieck & Co Monopole 1907 vintage retrieved from the Jönköping shipwreck.
You can taste this piece of history for the humble sum of SG$190,000.
Parkview Square was the final project of the late Hong Kong-based property developer, C. S. Hwang, who also built a vault for large format bottles and the private family collection upstairs in the Parkview Square building.
#7. Bungaraya Resort – Borneo
Bottles: over 5,000
Champagne: Think back vintage Cristal, single vineyard Clos de Pompadour Magnums from Pommery and Sir Winston Churchill.
You certainly wouldn’t expect the largest cellar in Malaysia to be tucked away on a tropical island off the coast of Borneo, but this secluded 5 star resort has an underground cellar dubbed “The Koi Wine Cave” which holds over 5,500 rare and exclusive wines.
These can be enjoyed in the cellar lounge, the restaurants or in your private infinity pool overlooking the south china sea with a cigar from their impressive collection.
#6. Petrus Restaurant in Hong Kong
Bottles: over 12,000
Champagne: 1982 & 1990 Clos des Goisses, 1990 Cristal Jeroboam, Pierre Peters 2008 Les Chetillons, or the limited edition Piper Heidsieck by Jean-Paul Gaulthier.
Curated by Master Sommelier Yohann Jousselin, the wine list at Petrus boasts over 12,000 listings, and was the Champagne List of the Year 2018 in the China Champagne Awards.
With spectacular views from every table, there is no better place to enjoy a bottle of 1964 Krug in Asia.
Find their amazing wine list here – http://bit.ly/Petrus-Wine-List
5. Dr Gordon Ku’s private collection – Singapore
Champagne: the likes of 1996 Salon and Krug Clos du Mesnil en magnum.
In 2013, respected physician and founder of Singapore’s Kidney Dialysis Foundation, Dr Gordon Ku sold his apothecary collection through Christies Hong Kong.
Despite having sold 700 lots at close to USD $5 million in this auction, Dr Ku still holds around 15,000 bottles in his collection.
“The fact that I am a doctor is coincidental; but wine does have some medicinal value as known from even medieval days.”Dr Gordon Ku
#4. The Transcendant Collector
Bottles: over 16,000 sold at one single auction
A mysterious collector auctioned off a portion of their cellar in March this year which broke records for the highest-estimated wine auction in history.
The most significant single-owner wine sale ever held this March included over 350 lots of Dom Perignon going back to the 1926 vintage and raked in close to 30 million USD.
The 2704 lots, including 16884 bottles were offered for sale in Hong Kong by Southerby’s.
“With Sotheby’s Wine’s annual worldwide sales surpassing US$100 million in 2018, we continue to focus on offering outstanding single-owner wine collections, and it is with great anticipation that we present Transcendent Wines, the highest estimated wine collection ever to be seen at auction, anywhere in the world.”Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide head of Southerby’s wine
The seller remains anonymous to this day, and one can only imagine what they decided to hold on to.
3. Unesco World Heritage listed Hong Kong bunker
Bottles: over 25,000
This Second World War ammunition bunker was reconverted in 2002 to house 25,000 bottles and multiple tastings rooms by Crown Wine Cellars.
The heritage listed bunker is 15 metres deep into a remote Hong Kong hillside and provides perfect storage conditions with constant cool temperatures, balanced humidity and state of the art security including a reinforced vault which rivals that of the most prestigious banks and wartime machine guns emplacements flanking the entrance.
“Our business is not just wine;Gregory De’Eb
it’s wine and heritage,”
Read more on this historic wine cellar http://bit.ly/Bunker-Cellar
2. Henry Tang’s elusive collection – Hong Kong
Former politician has been collecting since the 1970s and recently put a small proportion of his cuvees through Christie’s in 2013 grossing US$6.22 million.
He is a lover of Pinot and Chardonnay and his collection spans 3 locations; London, Paris and in multiple undisclosed locations in Hong Kong.
#1 Grand Lisboa – Macau
Champagne: Think 1959 Drappier, 1982 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises and the ultra-exclusive Boërl & Kroff 1996 in magnum.
In the basement of Macau’s tallest building, lies over 100,000 bottles of wine, including almost 17,000 different labels.
The cellar spans 14 different compartments and services all the fifteen restaurants in the building including three Michelin-starred Robuchon au Dôme, which was awarded the Best Overall Wine List in the World in The World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists 2016
One thing these collections have in common are perfect storage conditions. If you’re wondering how you should be keeping your champagne fresh in a tropical climate, read more on our article on optimal champagne cellaring.