Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 2003 climbed to its highest level for nine months on London’s Liv-ex wine market, with five cases selling for 3,295 pounds ($5,180) each, according to data on Liv-ex’s Cellar Watch website.
The report is based on a survey of 1,200 middle class Chinese consumers across 24 cities, conducted in mid-2012 by market research firm TNS.
It was a record year for Rolls-Royce Motor Car vehicles, with worldwide sales rising to 3,575 units.
The firm, with sleek saloons favoured by British Prime Ministers and luxury SUVs born of desert and jungle combat, now has factories working around the clock in England, bucking the trend of hard times for European auto-makers.
The 163-year-old business, which counts King Edward VII, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Humphrey Bogart among its former clients, was sold by private investors who have owned the brand since 2005.
The super-luxury brands owned by Germany's Volkswagen and BMW groups both posted healthy sales growth in 2012. VW's Bentley announced global growth of 22% year on year to 8,510 cars, following the worldwide dealer count rising 10%, while BMW