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May 3, 2012

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table of contents

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Auction & Specialist Information

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Web Site & Online Bidding

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Session I: Fine Wines, Lots 1-379

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Map & Driving Directions

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Absentee Bid Form

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Session II: Fine Wines – Online, Lots 500-1097

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How to Bid

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Index of Both Sales

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Glossary of Terms

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Collection of Wines

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Conditions of Sale

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Company Directors & Specialty Departments

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Session I - Live Auction

Lots 1-379

to be sold Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 5 p.m.

A

carefully cultivated collection of the finest examples of Bordeaux,

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Burgundy, the Rhone, and Spain. Maintained in a climate-controlled cellar, property of a Massachusetts gentleman. For more from this

consignor, visit our online auction, lots 826-841.

1.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: one into neck, one bottom neck, scuffed capsules “The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The

penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is

a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as

medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2000-

2030.” R. Parker, 100 pts. 01/98

2 bottles

$1,600-2,400

2.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: into neck

R.

Parker, 94 pts. 10/94

2

bottles

$1,200-1,800

3.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1989 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: into neck

2 bottles

$1,000-1,500

4.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990

Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: into neck

R.

Parker, 96 pts. 06/09

2

bottles

$1,300-1,700

5.

Chateau Latour 1990

Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: into neck

R.

Parker, 95+ pts. 06/09

2

bottles

$1,200-1,600

6.

Chateau Margaux 1983 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

u: bottom neck, one with slight signs of old seepage, lightly bin-soiled labels

R.

Parker, 96 pts. 01/03

2

bottles

$700-900

7.

Chateau Margaux 1985

Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: bottom neck, one nicked capsule

R.

Parker, 95 pts. 01/03

2

bottles

$600-900

Chateau Margaux 1986 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: bottom neck, lightly bin-soiled labels “A magnificent example of Chateau Margaux and one of the most tannic, backward Margauxs of the last 50 years, the 1986 continues to evolve at a glacial pace. The color is still a dense ruby/purple with just a hint of lightening at the rim. With several hours of aeration, the aromatics become striking, with notes of smoke, toast, creme de cassis, mineral, and white flowers. Very full-bodied, with high but

sweet tannin, great purity, and a very masculine, full-bodied style, this wine should prove nearly immortal in terms of its aging potential. It is beginning to budge from its infantile stage and approach adolescence.” R. Parker, 98 pts. 01/03

2 bottles

$600-900

9.

Chateau Margaux 1988 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

u: into neck, one dampstained label

2 bottles

$450-700

10.

Chateau Margaux 1989 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

u: into neck

2 bottles

$600-800

11.

Chateau Margaux 1990 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: bottom neck

“I had this wine both in Seoul, Korea, in February, and from my cellar

in December, 2008, and it was remarkable how identical the wines smelled and tasted. It offers an extraordinary aromatic display of spring flowers, camphor, sweet red and black fruits, a hint of licorice, and no

evidence of its 100% new oak cask aging. Round and generous with

low acidity, but an opulent, full-bodied richness that is fresh with laser- like precision, this stunning wine is just beginning to reach its plateau of full maturity, where it should remain for another three decades. A sensational effort, it is one of the legendary wines made at Chateau Margaux.” R. Parker, 100 pts. 06/09

2 bottles

$1,400-1,800

12.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: bottom neck Deep garnet-black colour. An incredible array of aromas on the nose:

blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, espresso, leather, black olive and loam. The palate is absolutely seamless from first impression to finish,

effortlessly building layers of complexity in the mouth and leading to

a very long, earth and spice finish. I can’t see how this could possibly be improvement so have no alternative but concede perfection.” L. Perrotti-Brown for R. Parker, 100 pts. 05/09

2 bottles

$1,000-1,400

13.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

1988 (2 bts), u: into neck, lightly dampstained labels

1989 (2 bts), u: into neck, one dampstained label

1990 (2 bts), u: very top shoulder

6 bottles

$1,500-2,250

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20.

Chateau Haut Brion 1988 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe

Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache 1990 Cote de Nuits

 

u: 2cm

u: 1.5cm, slightly nicked capsule

2

bottles

“A stunning, massive, full-on and completely classic La Tâche nose

$500-800

that displays almost unbelievable complexity so with many different

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elements that it is impossible to even begin to describe them all; the primary components include ethereal and still fresh pinot fruit, clove, knock out spiciness, anise, hoisin, soy and a trace of earth but these

Chateau Haut Brion 1989 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe

elements only hint at the sheer depth. The flavors are big, rich, refined, classy, penetrating and superbly powerful yet everything is in perfect

u: 1.5cm, one dampstained label

balance and there is more than sufficient sève to balance off the still

R.

Parker, 100 pts. 01/03

considerable tannins. The finish is intense, pure and so long that it

2

bottles

is haunting; I could literally still taste this wine days later after I had it

$1,800-2,800

because it had such a dramatic and emotional impact. In its youth, this

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was one of the finest young Burgundies that I have ever been privileged to try and it only seems to get better with each passing year. For my taste, this is getting close to arriving at its peak but it’s not quite there

Chateau Haut Brion 1990

though again, I stress that this is to my taste and some may find it to

Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u: 1.5cm, dampstained labels

already be in its sweet spot of maturation. In short, this is absolutely brilliant. Note that while I have had relatively consistent notes, I have

2

bottles

had two bottles that were a bit astringent on the finish and not in the

$1,100-1,500

class of what I describe above.” Burghound, 99 pts. 04/11

1 bottle

 

$3,000-4,500

17.

Chateau Pichon Longueville, Baron

1988 (2 bts), u: into neck

21.

1989 (2 bts), u: into neck; R. Parker, 95 pts. 02/97

Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1989

1990 (2 bts), u: into neck, one lightly torn label

Northern Rhone

6 bottles

u: 2.5cm, nicked, scuffed, and dampstained labels

$600-800

R.

Parker, 96 pts. 06/00

2

bottles

 

$350-450

18.

Chateau Montrose 1990

 

St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classe

22.

u: into neck

Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1990

R.

Parker, 100 pts. 06/09

Northern Rhone

2

bottles

u: 2.5cm, nicked and lightly dampstained labels

$700-1,000

R.

Parker, 100 pts. 06/00

2

bottles

$800-1,200

19.

Chateau Cheval Blanc 1990 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (A)

23.

u: bottom neck or better “One of my favorite Cheval Blancs, it remains to be seen if the 1998, 2000, and 2008 will live up to this offering. It is the ripest wine of the

Vega Sicilia Unico 1968 Ribera del Duero u: bottom neck

aforementioned vintages, with a complex bouquet of tobacco leaf,

1

bottle

Christmas fruitcake, sweet black fruits, bordering on fig and plum, but

$600-800

no hint of overripeness, and notions of new saddle leather, mint, and incense. The gorgeously expressive aromatics are followed by a full- bodied wine revealing abundant glycerin as well as elevated alcohol, but

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it is not hot, and nothing is out of place. Expansive, rich, and revealing the nuances and complexity that come from bottle age, it is at its peak of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years.” R. Parker, 98+ pts. 06/09

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

1987 (2 bts), u: into neck

1988 (2 bts), u: into neck, dampstained labels

4 bottles

4

bottles

$300-500

$1,300-1,800

25.

Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

1987 (2 bts), u: into neck, cracked wax capsules

1988 (2 bts), u: into neck, cracked wax capsules, one lightly

dampstained label

4 bottles

$150-250

26.

Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s Vineyard

1985 (2 bts), u: bottom neck

1986 (3 bts), u: bottom neck

1987 (2 bts), u: bottom neck

7 bottles

$600-900

An excellent selection showing depth and rarity from the extensive custom-built climate-controlled cellars of an East Coast Gentleman. Spanning all classifications of Left Bank Bordeaux and some Right Bank; Piedmont, and Tuscany in large format for the generous pour. Picked up by Skinner staff. For more from this consignor, visit our online auction, lots 756-815.

La Mission lies just across the road from Haut Brion. The descendants of American banker Clarence Dillon now run properties (previously owning just Haut Brion). Given this fact, there exists an inevitable fixation to contrast the properties. Still, the arrangement between them is not really one of sibling rivalry at all. What is striking is how these wine estates and adjacent vineyards exist so close to the city center of Bordeaux (4 miles). Mercifully the unusually deep gravel soils so ideal for viticulture were never paved over! -PhM

33.

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1945 Pessac Leognan, Cru Classe u: top shoulder, short lead Chateau-embossed capsule reveals vintage

branding on cork, lightly bin-soiled labels, one lightly torn label, one badly torn label, Etablissements Nicolas stamped labels

2 bottles

 

$3,250-4,750

27.

 

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1949 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

34.

 

u: into neck, Etiquette de Rebouchage stamped labels, Rebouche au Chateau en 1991

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1945

Pessac Leognan, Cru Classe

2

bottles

u: top shoulder, short lead Chateau-embossed capsule reveals vintage

$1,600-2,400

 

branding on cork, torn label, Etablissements Nicolas stamped label

1

magnum

 

$4,000-6,000

28.

 

Chateau Margaux 1945

 

Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: top shoulder, faded label, water-stained and lightly bin-soiled label, Reserve Nicolas necktag and Selection Nicolas stamped label

35.

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2000 Pessac Leognan, Cru Classe

1

bottle

“The 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion is certainly one of the candidates

$800-1,200

 

for the wine of the vintage. Its performance was off-the-charts in two

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separate tastings for this report. Deep blue/purple, with a nose of creme de cassis, floral scents, graphite, and subtle smoke, the wine is pure, deep, sumptuously textured, full-bodied, powerful (although certainly not

Chateau Margaux 1989 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

at the power level of the amazing 2009). This wine certainly transcends its 13% natural alcohol and has the same level of concentration found

u: into neck, lightly bin-soiled and nicked label

in such great vintages of La Mission Haut-Brion as 1989, 1982, 1975,

1

bottle

and of course, more recent efforts such as 2005, 2008, and 2009. Still

$300-450

 

young but beginning to display some secondary nuances, the wine

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has enormous layers of depth as well as an unctuous texture. Even though it is still quite youthful, I believe it will hit its prime in another 3-4 years and last 50 or more. It is certainly a wine that will likely jump

Chateau Margaux 1997

dramatically in price once the price of the 2009 is released.” R. Parker,

Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

100 pts. 06/10

2 bottles

1 magnum

$400-600

$700-1,000

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36.

Chateau Margaux 1999 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

Chateau Brane Cantenac 1999 Margaux, 2eme Cru Classe

one lightly bin-soiled label

12 bottles (owc)

2

bottles

$250-350

$600-800

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Chateau Cos d’Estournel 1995

Chateau Haut Brion 2005

Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe

St. Estephe, 2eme Cru Classe R. Parker, 95 pts. 02/98

1 magnum

12 bottles (owc)

$900-1,400

$1,100-1,500

38.

Chateau Lascombes 2003

Margaux, 2eme Cru Classe

12 bottles (owc)

$350-500

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48.

Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1945 St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classe u: top shoulder, short lead Chateau-embossed capsule reveals vintage

branding on cork, lightly bin-soiled and nicked label

1 bottle

$400-600

40.

Chateau Montrose 1996

St. Estephe, 2eme Cru Classe

12 bottles (owc)

$700-1,000

41.

Chateau Langoa Barton 2000

St. Julien, 3eme Cru Classe

12 bottles (owc)

$500-700

42.

Chateau Palmer 1928 Margaux, 3eme Cru Classe u: very top shoulder, Chateau-embossed capsule cut by Skinner specialist to reveal Chateau, vintage and Rebouche 1988 branded cork, dampstained, lightly torn label, Etablissement Nicolas stamped label

1 bottle

$1,100-1,500

43.

Chateau Talbot 1945 St. Julien, 4eme Cru Classe

u: top shoulder, nicked capsule, signs of old seepage, lightly bin-soiled label

1 bottle

Chateau Figeac 1998

St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (B)

12 bottles (owc)

$850-1,100

49.

Chateau d’Yquem 1971 Sauternes, 1er Cru Classe Superiore

u: top shoulder, nicked and lightly corroded capsule, signs of old seepage, heavily mold-stained label

1 bottle

$300-450

50.

Chateau d’Yquem 1975 Sauternes, 1er Cru Classe Superiore u: bottom neck, nicked capsule, signs of old seepage R. Parker, 99 pts. 01/98

1

$300-450

bottle

51.

Chateau d’Yquem 1987 Sauternes, 1er Cru Classe Superiore

u: bottom neck, heavily mold-stained label

1 bottle

$100-150

52.

Domaine Laflaive Puligny Montrachet Clavoillon 1er Cru 2007 Cote de Beaune

$800-1,200

12

bottles

 

$500-700

44.

Chateau Talbot 2000 St. Julien, 4eme Cru Classe R. Parker, 93 pts. 06/10

12 bottles (owc)

$700-1,000

45.

Chateau Cantemerle 2000

Haut Medoc, 5eme Cru Classe

12 bottles (owc)

$250-350

46.

Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (A)

1 magnum

$700-1,000

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Chateau Pavie 1999 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (B) “The 1999 Pavie is a candidate for “wine of the vintage”. It boasts an opaque ruby/purple color in addition to gorgeous aromas of crushed minerals, smoke, licorice, cherry liqueur, and black currants. The wine

is exceptionally pure and multilayered, with stunning texture and overall balance. The tannin level suggests 3-4 years of cellaring is warranted; it should age gracefully for 25+ years. If readers are wondering why Pavie has become so much better under the administration of Chantal and Gerard Perse, keep in mind that yields are one-third of what they were under the previous owners.” R. Parker, 95 pts. 04/02

12 bottles (owc)

$1,200-1,800

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey – On offer here is an exciting collection of wines from an up and coming producer in the Cote de Beaune. After the 2005 vintage, Pierre-Yves Colin founded his own micro-negociant business in Chassagne Montrachet, where Colin inherited a portion of his father Marc Colin’s estate. Seeking to produce wines with the purest expression of terroir, the wines are largely aged in 600 liter demi- muid barrels and are not subject to battonage—the traditional process of rousing the lees as the wines age in barrel. These practices lead to a vibrant, bright expression of Chardonnay and are likely borne from Colin’s unabashed affection for Riesling. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to acquire varied formats of this exciting young producer.

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Pierre Yves Colin Morey Corton Charlemagne 2007 (2 bts) Chassagne Montrachet, Les Caillerets (6 bts) Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres 2009 (3 mags)

Cote de Beaune label staining to one magnum, cracked wax capsule to one capsule, slight label wrinkling to label edges

8 bottles

3 magnums

$800-1,100

54.

Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchere 2009 Cote de Beaune

6 bottles (owc)

$200-300

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62.

William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir 2004 Chablis

6 bottles (owc)

$200-300

56.

Henri Giraud Grand Cru Brut 1995

Ay

2 bottles

$150-200

57.

Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2003 Northern Rhone “The finest example of this cuvee since 1990, the 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle (50,000 bottles rather than the normal 96,000+ were produced) possesses an inky/purple color as well as a tremendous bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed flowers, truffles, and licorice. Full- bodied and powerful (15% natural alcohol) with good freshness and definition, this big, rich, dense, reassuringly great La Chapelle should be cellared for 5-8 years, and drunk over the following 20-25.” R. Parker, 95+ pts. 02/06 12 bottles (owc)

Gaja Sperss 1989 Piedmont

u: bottom neck “The 1989 Barolo Sperss is wonderfully complete and polished, as layers of seamless, ripe fruit emerge from its powerful frame with tons of class. The wine reveals stunning elegance and purity wrapped around a powerful core of Serralunga fruit that speaks volumes of the greatness of this terroir. The 1989 Sperss can be enjoyed today as the tannins are incredibly finessed, but it also looks to have many years of profound drinking ahead of it. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.” A. Galloni for R. Parker, 97 pts. 02/10

2 bottles

$400-500

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Gaja Sperss 1997 Piedmont “A virtually perfect effort is the 1997 Sperss (30,000 bottles), which represents the essence of truffles, earth, and black cherries in its

striking aromatics and multidimensional, opulent, full-bodied palate. The acidity seems low because of the huge glycerin levels and prodigious concentration of fruit, but I suspect it is normal in the scheme of oenological measurement. This profound wine requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and should age well for 30-35 years.” R. Parker, 99 pts. 06/01

4 bottles

 

$600-900

$900-1,200

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64.

A.

Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 1990

Gaja Sperss 2003

Piedmont

Piedmont

u: 1cm

4

bottles

“The 1990 Barolo Riserva Granbussia is a ripe, exotic beauty endowed with plenty of tar, roses, licorice and wild herbs. Still spectacularly rich and intense, this full-bodied, layered Barolo offers superb length and

a sweeping finish where the glycerin and sheer weight of the vintage

come through in spades. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.” A. Galloni

for R. Parker, 95 pts. 02/10

2 bottles

$550-800

59.

A. Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 1990

Piedmont u: 1.5cm, label lightly torn, loose at edge

1 magnum

$500-750

60.

Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio Barolo Monprivato 2006 Piedmont “Mascarello’s 2006 Barolo Monprivato is incredibly primary at this stage. The 2006 is an explosive Monprivato endowed with layers of ripe red fruit backed up by firm, muscular tannins that speak with great

eloquence. I expect the 2006 to go through a period of stubbornness - as it often does - but it should begin to show well at around age ten or so. From time to time, the wine shows glimpses of its nobility. The 2006

is shaping up to be a profound Monprivato. The only thing it needs is

time. This is a fabulous effort from Mascarello. Anticipated maturity:

2016-2036.” A. Galloni for R. Parker, 96 pts. 12/10

6 bottles

$350-500

61.

Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche Dell’Annunziata Riserva 1996

Piedmont

1 magnum

$275-350

$400-600

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Gaja Sperss 2004 Piedmont

2 magnums

$800-1,200

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Gaja Costa Russi 2004 Piedmont “The 2004 Costa Russi is irresistibly sexy and opulent. As is typically the case, the wine is more overtly fruit-driven, with a round, supple personality. Sweet, long and richly-textured, it is just plain awesome in

its display of generous, vibrant fruit, tar, smoke, minerals and herbs. It is the finest Costa Russi yet. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2024.” A. Galloni for R. Parker, 95 pts. 10/07

1 magnum

$250-350

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Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2004 Piedmont “The 2004 Sori San Lorenzo is a drop-dead gorgeous wine. It presents awesome balance, especially in the way it marries power with elegance. This is a remarkably refined and understated Sori San Lorenzo, with

never-ending layers of dark raspberries, licorice, grilled herbs and tar that flow from its sumptuous frame. A dark, brooding beauty, it will require several additional years of bottle at a minimum, but those with the patience to wait will be amply rewarded. In most vintages I prefer the Sori Tildin, but in 2004 Sori San Lorenzo has a very slight edge over its sibling. It may very well be the finest Sori San Lorenzo since the legendary 1971. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.” A. Galloni for R. Parker, 98 pts. 10/07

1 magnum

$400-600

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75.

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 1997 Tuscany

R.

Parker, 93 pts. 12/02

4

bottles

$300-450

69.

Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997

Tuscany

double magnum (owc)

$250-350

70.

Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Tuscany

2 double magnums (owc)

$250-350

71.

A Pair of Brunellos di Montalcino from the Legendary 1997 Vintage Altesino, Montosoli (4 bts) Valdicava (5 bts) Tuscany

9 bottles

BV Cabernet Sauvignon Georges De Latour Private Reserve 2007 Napa “The phenomenal 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is the greatest BV Private Reserve made since the 1970 and 1968. The good news is 11,000 cases were produced. The return of this superb Napa classic is fabulous news, and the brilliance of this wine is evidenced by its opaque purple color and its big, sweet, blackberry, cassis, subtle smoke, graphite, and spicy oak-scented nose. Dense and full-bodied with sweet but substantial tannins, thrilling levels of concentration, texture, and richness, and a heady finish, this wine will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and last three decades or more. It’s time to once again fill your cellars with the BV Private Reserve, one of the historic names in California wine folklore.” R. Parker, 95 pts.

12/09

10 bottles

$425-600

76.

Claret by way of Cali Ferrari Carano Tressor Reserve 1996 (2 bts) Flora Springs Trilogy 1997 (2 bts) Cliff Lede Claret 2002 (2 bts)

6 bottles

$250-400

$600-900

 

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1996 Grange in Magnum Format - with only a few hundred magnums produced annually, this is a rare opportunity to acquire Australia’s most storied wine in large format.

Sassicaia 2005

 

Tuscany

77.

A.

Galloni for R. Parker, 93 pts. 06/08

Penfolds Grange 1996

6

bottles

South Australia

$1,400-2,200

73.

Rosso Di Toscana Palazzi 1999 Tuscany “The 1999 Palazzi (800 cases of a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot) boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a complex nose of currants, cigar box, plums, and cherry liqueur with a hint of toasty oak in the background. Full-bodied, elegant, and complex, with

a savory mid-palate and sweet tannin, it will drink beautifully for 12-14

years. This wine, in the style of Franchetti’s friends, Peter Sissick and Jean-Luc Thunevin, was not fined, filtered, or stabilized, and essentially represents the most honest/authentic essence of their vineyard. This is

the wine of a genius.” R. Parker, 93 pts. 10/01 12 bottles (owc)

$250-350

74.

Promise Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa Valley “A staggeringly rich, profound Cabernet Sauvignon has emerged from this producer, simply called Promise. About the only information on the back label is that someone named Steve McPherson has a lot to do with the final product, and congratulations certainly go to him. An absolutely spectacular 2007, this wine has an inky purple color to the

rim. Gorgeously pure creme de cassis and black cherry fruit interwoven with hints of lead pencil shavings, burning embers, and spice is followed by a full-bodied, opulent, but at the same time, structured wine. It seems capable of lasting 20-30 or more years. This looks to me like

a classic from Napa Valley, and although it is certainly approachable

already (as most Napa Cabernets from top years tend to be), there is

a long, long life ahead of it. This wine is just – pardon the pun – oh, so promising.” R. Parker, 96 pts. 12/10

6 bottles (owc)

$1,200-1,800

1 magnum

$400-600

78.

Taylor 1927

Oporto

u: bottom neck, slightly cracked wax capsule, lightly bin-soiled label

1 bottle

$500-700

79.

Taylor Vintage Port 1945

Oporto u: very top shoulder, missing capsule, heavily bin-soiled label

1 bottle

$600-800

80.

Graham Vintage Port 1945 Oporto

u: high into neck, cracked wax capsules partially missing, facsimile label, bottled by Cave Cru Classe, London

3 bottles

$900-1,400

81.

Fonseca 1955

Oporto

u: one into neck, one bottom neck, cracked wax capsules, lightly bin- soiled labels

2 bottles

$600-900

Old World Dinner Lot Designed to complement a large dinner, this lot features classic wines from the Old World. Raise a toast to the health of your guests in style with 1998 Dom Perignon before moving on to the elusive and legendary Clos St. Hune Riesling from Trimbach—arguably the finest Riesling vineyard in the world. The crisp Puligny Montrachet “Les Levrons” will serve nicely alongside a shellfish appetizer. With the main course, two offerings from legendary estates: Ceretto’s Barolo Bricco Rocche from 1997 and 1996 Montrose. With dessert, who can resist a glass of Graham’s Vintage Port? Bon appétit!

82.

Dom Perignon 1998 (oc) Patrick Javillier Puligny Montrachet Les Levrons 2008

Trimbach Riesling Clos St. Hune 1989 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche 1997 Chateau Montrose 1996 Graham’s 2003

6 bottles

$500-750

New World Dinner Lot Hand-selected with the palate of a New-World connoisseur in mind, this lot represents the backbone of a legendary dinner with friends. Start the night off with a bottle of vintage Pierre Gimonnet, known for producing a beautifully rich and focused Champagne. Move on to a pair of Chardonnay: the opulent and rich Kongsgaard from Napa to compare to the Old-World vines/New-World production of Mischief and Mayhem’s Meursault. For the main course, a pair of huge ‘99s:

California’s Lewis Cabernet and Australia’s Old Bastard Shiraz from Kaesler’s 110-year old vines in Barossa.

83.

Pierre Gimonnet Brut, Cuvee Oenophile 1998

Mischief and Mayhem Meursault 2004

Kongsgaard Chardonnay 2008 Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz 1999

5 bottles

$300-500

Property of a New Hampshire gentleman, here is a horizontal of 1996 First Growths and a case of Margaux’s second wine, Pavillon Rouge. The balance of this outstanding collection can be found in lots 584-605 in our online auction.

84.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe “Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate’s greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. It should unquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage?” R. Parker 100 pts. 04/99 12 bottles (owc)

$12,000-18,000

85.

Chateau Latour 1996 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe “A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.- Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the late-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon of the northern Medoc because of splendid weather in late September and early October. An opaque purple color is followed by phenomenally sweet, pure aromas of cassis infused with subtle

minerals. This massive offering possesses unreal levels of extract, full body, intensely ripe, but abundant tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. Classic and dense, it displays the potential for 50-75 years of longevity. Although still an infant, it would be educational to taste a bottle.” R. Parker, 99 pts. 06/00

4 bottles

$2,600-3,800

86.

Chateau Margaux 1996

Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

R.

Parker, 99 pts. 04/99

5

bottles

$3,000-4,000

87.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

5 bottles

$1,800-2,800

88.

Chateau Haut Brion 1996

Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe

6 bottles

$1,800-2,400

89.

Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 1995 Margaux 12 bottles

$750-1,100

Selections from the cellar of a discerning Globe Trotting Collector. Maintained in climate-controlled storage. For more from this consignor, visit our online auction, lots 624-642.

90.

Chateau Duhart Milon 2005 Pauillac, 4eme Cru Classe

R. Parker, 94 pts. 04/08

1 double magnum

$200-400

91.

Chateau Duhart Milon 2006

Pauillac, 4eme Cru Classe

R.

Parker, 92 pts. 02/09

1

magnum

$125-225

100

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92.

Property of a Wellesley gentleman, these offerings come from a

98.

Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges Vieilles Vignes 2005 Cote de Nuits

custom-built, temperature- and humidity-controlled home cellar. This generous collector shared several bottles from his collection, all with

12

bottles

impeccable condition. This is a rare opportunity to acquire several

$350-550

examples of Bordeaux aged 30 years or more in ideal conditions

 

after purchase by this consignor on release. Removed by Skinner specialists. Bid with confidence!

93.

Chateau Latour 1970

label

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut La Grande Dame 1990 Reims “I highly recommend the Veuve Clicquot 1990 La Grande Dame. It is exquisitely rich and accessible, yet bursting with potential.” R. Parker,

Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: six very top shoulder, six top shoulder, one worn capsule, five very lightly corroded capsules, two lightly bin-soiled labels, one wine-stained

95 pts. 10/98

12 bottles

1

jeroboam (owc)

$4,000-6,000

$600-900

99.

94.

Chateau Latour 1970 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

Bodegas Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5° 2003 Ribera del Duero ‘”The 2003 Valbuena is purple-colored and super-fragrant with aromas

u: four top shoulder, two high shoulder, one torn capsule, lightly bin- soiled labels, one wine-stained label

6 bottles

of pain grille, pencil lead, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This is

$2,000-3,000

followed by a powerful, concentrated wine with an opulent palate-feel, layers of flavor, and beautiful integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, no mean feat in the torrid 2003 vintage. Supple, sweet, and long, this

100.

superb effort will evolve for another 4-6 years and drink well through 2025.” J. Miller for R. Parker, 94 pts. 02/08

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982

Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

7

bottles

u: bottom neck or better, one label loose at edge, mixed importers

$550-750

R. Parker, 100 pts. 06/09

12

bottles

$9,000-14,000

95.

Bond Winery Matriarch 2006

101.

Napa

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982

3 bottles (owc)

Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

$200-300

u: bottom neck or better

2

bottles

$1,500-2,000

96.

Bond Winery Matriarch 2007 Napa

102.

Chateau Gruaud Larose 1982

of bricking yet, a nose full of licorice, raw meat, ripe, fleshy Bing cherries

3

bottles (owc)

St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classe

$250-350

u: nine into neck, three bottom neck, four very lightly bin-soiled labels

97.

“Classic claret in all regards, bright ruby red with no signs or even hints

and hints of tobacco with all of the same on the palate. A touch of dryness on the back end, tannin to spare and the finish lingers for what seems an eternity. Nearly irresistible now, but with a backbone like this

Cain Vineyard & Winery

I suspect this will continue to develop for decades.” –M. Moser, a bottle

Cain Concept, Library Edition

from this collection, 02/12

2000 (2 bts)

12 bottles

Cain Five

$2,400-3,200

1985

(2 bts), u: into neck

1995

(1 bt)

1996

(1 bt)

103.

1997

(2 bts)

Chateau Haut Brion, Blanc 1985

1999

(2 bts)

Pessac Leognan

2005

(2 bts)

“This has been a head turner since it was made. The 1985 is

12 bottles

$450-800

unbelievably rich, with a velvety, fat consistency oozing with herb, melon, and fig-like fruit. This voluptuously textured wine exhibits great length, richness, and character. It never closed up after bottling and remains an exceptionally full-bodied, intensely concentrated, yet well- delineated white Graves. If you have the income of a rock superstar, this would be worth having to fete the turn of the century. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020.” R. Parker, 97 pts. 01/97

9 bottles

$3,500-5,000

104.

111.

Pol Roger Brut Rose 1990 Epernay

in individual gift boxes

2 bottles

$150-250

105.

Bollinger Grand Annee 1990 Ay

2 bottles

$175-250

106.

Taittinger Comptes de Champagne 1990

Reims

in individual gift boxes

3 bottles

$450-600

107.

Dom Perignon 1990 Epernay

L. Perrotti-Brown for R Parker, 98 pts. 03/09

2 bottles

$400-600

108.

No lot.

Property of a gentleman and friend of Skinner. This savvy collector is trimming his cellar and you can benefit from his perfect storage conditions and keen eye for quality. Largely purchased as futures from reputable retailers, this wine was carefully selected to exhibit the depth and breadth of this collector’s passion for wine.

109.

Chateau Latour 1998 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

6 bottles

$1,800-2,400

110.

Chateau Margaux 2008 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe “This is a stunning Chateau Margaux, made in a sexy, up-front, elegant

style, with deep creme de cassis fruit intermixed with spring flowers, a solid inner core of richness and depth, but again, very sweet tannins as well as striking minerality and elegance. One of the most seductive Chateau Margauxs given its recent bottling, this blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot should drink beautifully for the next 25-30 years. Remarkably, a mere 36% of the entire production was selected for the 2008 Chateau Margaux.” R. Parker, 94 pts. 05/11

6 bottles (owc)

Chateau Duhart Milon 2008 Pauillac, 4eme Cru Classe “A magnificent sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 Duhart Milon is the

shrewd consumer’s wine to purchase by the case as prices do not yet reflect its qualitative resurgence. Composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot that came in at 13.09% alcohol, it is a surprisingly intense effort displaying a marvelous texture, plenty of black currant, licorice, unsmoked cigar tobacco and earthy characteristics, a full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning purity as well as density. Enjoy this top-notch 2008 over the next 20-25 years.” R. Parker, 94 pts. 05/11

12 bottles (owc)

$800-1,200

112.

Chateau Ausone 2006 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) “One of the handful of candidates for wine of the vintage is the 2006 Ausone. In fact, while tasting it, I was thinking, is there any estate in Bordeaux that, since 1998, has made as many legendary wines as proprietor Alain Vauthier has at his beloved Ausone? Boasting an inky/blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary, precise bouquet of minerals, flowers, blueberry liqueur, and black currants, this wine possesses fabulous fruit and great intensity, but what makes it so special is its precision, focus, and almost ethereal lightness despite substantial flavor intensity and depth. It is a ballerina with density and power. The abundant noticeable tannin is sweet and, not surprisingly, very finely grained. It should be cellared for a decade, and consumed over the following half century.” R. Parker, 98 pts. 02/09 6 bottles (owc)

$3,500-5,000

Chateau Gracia – A true garagiste effort, Michel Gracia’s tiny 1.9 hectare vineyard produces only a tiny amount of wine annually. Planted on a soil rich with clay and limestone, the vineyard is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and the balance is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields are kept extremely low—just 21 hectoliters per hectare—and the crop is hand-harvested. Gracia subjects the must to cold maceration before fermenting in concrete vats, and aged in new oak barriques on lees for up to two years. In the 1998 vintage, only 350 cases were produced, and one is offered here.

113.

Chateau Gracia 1998 St. Emilion “A spectacular effort, the 1998 exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous bouquet of overripe black cherries intermixed with blackberries, blueberries, licorice, and smoky oak. Full-bodied, low in

acidity, opulent, fleshy, and undeniably disarming, it offers layers of fruit in addition to sweet tannin in the finish.” R. Parker, 92 pts. 04/01

12 bottles (owc)

$700-1,000

A Decade of Conseillante – On offer here is a tight selection of six vintages of Conseillante spanning over a decade of the estate’s production. With wines for immediate consumption and wines to cellar for several years, this lot will provide a window into the age-worthiness of the seductive Pomerol Chateau with the distinctive purple capsule.

114.

Chateau La Conseillante

$2,500-3,500

1995

(2 bts)

1996

(2 bts)

1998

(2 bts)

2001

(2 bts)

2004

(1 bt)

2007

(3 bts)

Pomerol

12 bottles

$800-1,200

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2000 Bordeaux

Chateau Clinet Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste

Chateau Haut Bailly Chateau Haut Bergey Chateau Lafon Rochet Chateau Rauzan Segla

Chateau Quinault L’Enclos

7 bottles

$350-550

2005 Horizontal – A bottle of “probably the greatest Pape Clement

ever made” (R. Parker, 04/08), two outstanding Pomerols and dueling Leovilles make up this lot, a tour of what is arguably Bordeaux’s greatest modern vintage.

116.

2005

Bordeaux

Chateau Clinet (2 bts) Chateau Leoville Barton

Chateau Leoville Poyferre Chateau Pape Clement Chateau Nenin (2 bts)

7 bottles

$450-700

117.

Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache 2007 Cote de Nuits “A reserved yet equally kaleidoscopic nose of red, blue and violet aromas that is wonderfully broad, spicy, fresh, airy and layered leads to intensely floral, mineral infused and focused medium weight plus flavors that possess a strikingly attractive mouth feel and while in the context of the pantheon of great vintages of this storied wine, the ‘07 will be viewed as one of the lighter examples, the focus and balance here is nigh on perfect as the finish explodes into a hugely long finale, all underpinned by firm tannins and bright acidity. This may seem to be

a lighter vintage but it will require at least 15 years of cellar time before

this will be sufficiently civilized to drink with real pleasure and probably 25 before it’s fully resolved. One other point bears mentioning: it’s been

a number of vintages since I last saw La Tâche best the Romanée- Conti but 2007 may be one of them.” Burghound, 95 pts. 01/10

6 bottles (owc)

$6,000-9,000

118.

Domaine de la Romanee Conti Echezeaux 2007 Cote de Nuits

6 bottles (owc, banded)

$2,400-3,500

119.

Domaine Leroy Nuits St. Georges 1962 Cote de Nuits

u: 3.5cm, very slightly bin-soiled label

124.

Chateau Haut Brion 2000 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe

u: 1cm

100

1

bottle

“Its bigger sister, the 2000 Haut-Brion (a blend of 51% Merlot, 43%

$200-300

Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc) showed incredibly

at

the tasting, and for me is one of the three or four most prodigious

 

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wines of the vintage. A compelling nose of roasted herbs, scorched earth, sweet blueberries, plums, black currants, and a hint of graphite

Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2005 Cote de Nuits “All the superb and dramatic complexity that this displayed from barrel has made it into bottle as an extremely ripe and fantastically broad nose soars from the glass, merging seamlessly into dense, pure rich

is followed by a deep, layered, sumptuously textured, full-bodied Haut-

Brion, but one with extraordinary complexity. This wine seems more evolved and approachable than I had expected it to be at age 10. My window of maturity seven years ago was 2012-2040, but I would change that to 2010-2050.” R. Parker, 99 pts. 06/10

and powerful flavors that are opulent, sweet and dripping with so much

1

$450-650

bottle

long that it doesn’t seem possible. Given how many reference standard

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extract and sap that the combination stains and saturates the palate

on the hugely proportioned yet impeccably balanced finish that is so

vintages Domaine Ponsot has produced of the Clos de la Roche over the years, it would be presumptuous to anoint this as the best ever but

if

it isn’t, it will certainly take its rightful place among the very greatest.

Pensees de Lafleur 2000 Pomerol

In

sum, a ‘wow’ wine that makes you shake your head in sheer

12

bottles (2 x owc)

amazement. However be aware that this is a buy and forget wine as it

$600-900

will require at least 15 years to shed its considerable tannins and it will see 50 years without difficulty.” Burghound, 99 pts. 01/08

1

bottle

126.

$500-700

Domaine de la Romanee Conti Grand Cru La Tache 1994 Cote de Nuits

121.

Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos des Chenes 2006

u: 2.5cm or better Bottle Nos. 01345, 01346, 01347, 01348, 01350, 01351, 01352, 01353, 01354, 01356

Cote de Beaune

10

bottles

12

bottles

$7,250-11,000

$700-1,000

127.

122.

Dow Vintage Port 1977

Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos des Chenes 2007

“This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly

Cote de Beaune “A beguiling and seductive nose of earthy, spicy and highly layered red pinot and plum aromas lead to earthy, pure and gorgeously intense medium full-bodied flavors that possess real volume and power yet retain very fine detail and that extra dimension of depth that marks

all great wine. This is a most impressive, if presently rather austere,

effort and if you can find it, buy it - note however that patience will

be required as this will require at least a decade to arrive at its peak.” Burghound, 93 pts. 04/10

successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1977, still a baby, is fabulously scented, very rich and concentrated, and has a potential longevity of at least another 30-50 years.” R. Parker, 93 pts. 01/89

6 bottles

$250-350

A Charming Collection from a Charming Collector, with a cornerstone

offering to kick it off

picked up by Skinner staff from climate-controlled

12

bottles

storage. For more from this consignor, visit our online auction, lots 606-

$600-900

622.

128.

A

Gentleman of Massachusetts divesting a few highly desirable lots.

First Growth Bordeaux 2000 Horizontal Cased Lots

Maintained in ideal storage.

Chateau Haut Brion

123.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

Chateau Lafite Rothschild Chateau Latour Chateau Margaux Chateau Mouton Rothschild

u: into neck

60

bottles (each owc, Latour missing lid)

R. Parker, 98+ pts. 06/10

$45,000-65,000

1

bottle

$1,200-1,800

 

129.

Chateau Margaux 1998

Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

12 bottles (owc)

$2,700-3,750

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130.

137.

Clos Des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2001 Southern Rhone

Opus One 2006 Napa

R.

Parker, 95 pts. 02/04

6

bottles (owc)

12

bottles (owc)

$800-1,100

$475-700

 

138.

131.

Clos Des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2001

Opus One 2008 Napa

Southern Rhone

6

bottles (owc - missing lid)

signs of seepage to four

$750-950

6

magnums (oc)

 

$425-625

 

139.

132.

Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1999 Sonoma

Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine 2001

12

140.

richness. While the tannin levels are high, there are even higher levels of

bottles (oc)

Southern Rhone

$750-1,100

“The special cuvee, the stunning 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine, is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre aged in equal parts small barrels and neutral wood foudres. An elegant

effort with freshness yet tremendous power and flavor intensity, it is a full-bodied, layered, provocative 2001 with exceptional depth as well as

concentration and fruit. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15-20. This brilliant wine should ultimately be even better than my lofty score suggests.’ R. Parker, 95 pts. 02/04

Penfolds Grange 1998 South Australia “A wine that flirts with perfection, and should rival the 1986 as one of the legendary Granges produced, the 1998 has one of the highest alcohol contents (nearly 15%) as well as one of the highest percentages of Shiraz in the blend (97%). Its stunning purple color is accompanied

and extraordinarily youthful, this impressive wine is a candidate for

12

bottles (oc)

by exceptionally sweet aromas of blackberry liqueur intermixed

$350-475

 

with barbecue spices, an endearing, smoky earthiness, pepper,

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Tardieu Laurent Chateauneuf du Pape Vieille Vignes 2000

6

roasted meats, and coffee. Huge, massive, unctuously textured,

perfection. It should continue to evolve over the next three decades.’ R. Parker, 98+, 06/09

Southern Rhone

bottles (owc)

R.

Parker, 94 pts. 02/03

$1,200-1,800

12

bottles (owc)

$350-550

134.

Classic lots from an extensively traveled East coast Collector. Maintained in ideal conditions.

141.

 

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2001 Napa

Chateau Lynch Bages 1961

Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe

“The sensational, prodigious 2001 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec) has never

u: high shoulder, scuffed capsule R. Parker, 95 pts. 06/00

performed better. Still extremely youthful with a dense purple color as well as a beautiful bouquet of cedar, charcoal, incense, creme de

1

$400-600

bottle

 

cassis and black cherry jam, fabulous intensity, a multidimensional

mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like texture, it is a Napa classic that is still very youthful and belies its age of ten years. Like its stablemate, it should age impeccably for 35 or more years. Kudos to Joseph Phelps Vineyards!” R. Parker, 99 pts, 06/11

142.

12

bottles (oc)

Chateau Lynch Bages 1970 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe

$1,200-1,800

u: one bottom neck, two very top shoulder, three top shoulder, two

high shoulder, two nicked capsules, one lightly corroded capsule, signs of old seepage, lightly bin-soiled labels

 

135.

8

bottles

Opus One 2004 Napa

$1,000-1,500

L.

Perrotti-Brown for R. Parker, 93 pts. 07/09

6

bottles (owc)

143.

$800-1,100

Chateau Lynch Bages

1978

(3 bts), u: very top shoulder, scuffed labels

1990

(3 bts), u: two into neck, one bottom neck

 

136.

1995

(3 bts)

Opus One 2005

2001

(3 bts)

Napa

12

bottles

L.

Perrotti-Brown for R. Parker, 95+ pts. 07/09

$1,100-1,600

6

bottles (owc)

$800-1,100

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144.

151.

Chateau Rieussec

Chateau Petrus 1970

1996 (6 demis)

Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel

1997 (6 demis)

u: all top shoulder, bin soiled labels

Fargues, 1er Cru Classe

12 demi bottles

$250-350

Lafite, Latour, and Petrus, Petrus, Petrus! Highlights from a Massachusetts collection with serious gravitas and scope, maintained in ideal storage and picked up by Skinner specialists. For more from this consignor, visit our online auction, lots 857-885.

145.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1970 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: three bottom neck, nine very top shoulder, lightly bin-soiled labels

12 bottles (owc)

$5,000-7,000

146.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1970 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

u: three bottom neck, six very top shoulder, three top shoulder, lightly glue-stained labels

12 bottles (owc)

$5,000-7,000

147.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1970 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

u: three bottom neck, six very top shoulder, three top shoulder, two misaligned labels, one label affixed to shoulder

12 bottles (owc)

$5,000-7,000

148.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1979 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all into neck, glue striping, slight tissue adhesion, light bin soil to labels

12 bottles (owc -partially missing lid)

$5,000-7,000

149.

Chateau Latour 1970 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: one top shoulder, two high shoulder, slight nicks to two capsules, one with corrosion, small stain to one label 3 magnums

$2,000-3,000

3 bottles

$2,500-3,500

152.

Chateau Petrus 1974 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel

u: very top shoulder, light bin soil

1 bottle

$575-825

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Chateau Petrus 1978 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel

u: eight very top shoulder, three top shoulder, two lightly bin-soiled labels

11 bottles (owc)

$6,500-9,000

154.

Chateau Petrus 1979 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel u: four into neck, five bottom neck, three very top shoulder, wrinkling and slight detachment to label edges, slight label losses and slight

staining to one label

12 bottles (owc)

$7,000-10,000

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Chateau Petrus 1979 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel

u: seven very top shoulder, four top shoulder, one high shoulder, one with signs of old seepage, glue-stained and lightly bin-soiled labels, lightly wrinkled labels

12 bottles (owc)

$7,000-10,000

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Frescobaldi Luce 1995

Tuscany

12 bottles (two six-bottle owcs)

$200-300

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Frescobaldi Luce 1995 Tuscany

6 bottles (owc)

 

$100-150

Petrus – in the renowned village of Pomerol, pack-leader Chateau Petrus is unassumingly modest. Close by the road, lacking some

formal alley, it is easy to overlook when contrasted with some

 

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architecturally grander neighbors. The robin’s egg blue shutters against the limestone creates a hushes and dignified exterior to the

Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 1997 Veneto

chai. Of course the hedonistic treasures crafted within are anything but

6

bottles (oc)

reserved

On average, only about 4,000 cases are made each vintage.

$400-600

–PhM

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Chateau Petrus 1970

Dominus 1997

Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel u: six very top shoulder, three top shoulder, three high shoulder, one slightly depressed cork, capsule corrosion to one, bin soil to all

12 bottles (owc, partially missing lid)

$10,000-15,000

Napa

12 bottles (two six-bottle owcs)

$1,200-1,800

Further cellar trimming from a Wellesley collector. Purchased from reputable retailers and stored in a custom, purpose-built, temperature controlled cellar until this auction. Offered here are a rare Labourie-Roi jeroboam, Gourt de Mautens from Jerome Bressy, and a selection of Peter Michael. For more from this consignor, visit our Online Auction lots 899-954 for Bordeaux and further California selections.

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Laboure Roi Chassagne Montrachet 1997

Cote de Beaune

1 jeroboam (owc)

$100-150

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Jerome Bressy Rasteau, Gourt de Martens 2000 Southern Rhone

12 bottles (owc)

$300-500

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Peter Michael Les Pavots 1995 Sonoma

2 bottles

$150-250

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Peter Michael Les Pavots 1996

Sonoma

3 bottles

$250-350

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Peter Michael Les Pavots 1997 Sonoma

3 bottles

$300-500

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Peter Michael Les Pavots 1998 Sonoma

2 bottles

$100-150

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Peter Michael Les Pavots 2000 Sonoma

6 bottles

$425-600

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Peter Michael Les Pavots 2002 Sonoma R. Parker, 98 pts. 02/05

4 bottles

$400-600

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Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Cote 2001 Sonoma

6 bottles

$250-350

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Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Cote

1996 (2 bts)

1997 (3 bts)

1998 (3 bts)

Sonoma

8 bottles

$450-625

Pauillac and Cote de Beaune from the cellar of true Connoisseurs. Maintained in climate-controlled storage.

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2004 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

“This beautiful, stunningly dense purple-colored effort (includes about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up precise notes of graphite, black cherries, cassis, scorched earth, and minerals. Medium to full-bodied with fabulous fruit, impressive richness, refreshing acidity, and sweet tannin, this beauty should be approachable in 4-5 years, and last for three decades. As Lafite Rothschilds go, this is somewhat of a sleeper vintage.” R. Parker, 95 pts. 06/07

12 bottles (owc)

$9,000-13,000

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L. Carillon Bienvenue Batard Montrachet 1996

Cote de Beaune “I hadn’t had this wine in almost 4 years and while it is as brilliant as it ever was, the nose was slightly more advanced than I would have guessed but otherwise, the nose had compelling complexity with menthol, anise and clove notes adding nuance to the maturing white flower fruit aromas. The crisp, beautifully delineated middle weight

flavors offer real style and breed with the same compelling complexity of the nose and culminates in a finish of superb intensity and length. This is a seriously impressive wine with class to burn. Approachable now but better in two to three years.” Burghound 93 pts. 05/06

2 bottles

$600-800

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P. Morey Batard Montrachet 1996

Cote de Beaune

3 bottles

$600-800

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N. Potel Mazis Chambertin 2002

Cote de Beaune “Explosive red fruit aromas cut with coffee, game, truffle and a roasted earth component introduce amazingly rich, pure and utterly refined full-bodied flavors that are sappy, sophisticated and extraordinarily long. This is a very classy effort that dwarfs everything but the Grands Echézeaux. A great effort.” Burghound 91-94 pts. 01/94

12 bottles (2 x owc)

$1,500-2,000

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Ramonet Batard Montrachet 1996 Cote de Beaune “Tasting note: (with thanks to David Page). An exceptionally attractive and impressively complex white flower, spice and crushed herb aromas are trimmed in noticeable wood toast and lead to rich, nicely powerful

and gorgeously detailed flavors of equally impressive depth and excellent finishing persistence. This is a really lovely if just shy of truly compelling Bâtard that is drinking well now though will continue to hold without difficulty in this format, indeed it should be capable of holding for another 20 years. Tasted twice with consistent notes.” Burghound,

94 pts. 07/08

1 bottle

$200-300

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Bordeaux and Port from the climate-controlled cellar of a Collector. Picked up by Skinner specialists. For more from this consignor, visit our online auction, lots 955-990.

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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1996

Pessac Leognan

12 bottles (owc)

 

$300-500

 

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

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u: ten bottom neck, one very top shoulder, one slightly depressed cork

Chateau La Lagune 1990

R

Parker, 100 pts. 06/09

Haut Medoc, 3eme Cru Classe

11

bottles

u: eight bottom neck, two very top shoulder, two top shoulder

$7,500-9,500

“A fully mature, elegant 1990 with an exceptionally flowery, berry, white chocolate, and smoky oak-scented nose, this fleshy, mid-weight La Lagune exhibits a velvety texture and no hard edges. It is an endearing

 

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wine that needs to be drunk over the next 5-6 years” R. Parker, 91 pts.

Chateau Haut Brion 1997

06/09

Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe

12

bottles

lightly bin-soiled label

$800-1,200

1 magnum

$300-450

 

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Chateau L’Arrosee 1995

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St. Emilion, Grand Cru Classe

Chateau Calon Segur 1995

12 bottles (owc)

St. Estephe, 3eme Cru Classe

$350-500

12

bottles (owc)

$700-900

 

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Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 1995

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St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe

Chateau d’Issan 1996

12

bottles (owc)

Margaux, 3eme Cru Classe

$475-600

12

bottles (owc)

$350-500

 

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Chateau La Croix de Gay 1998

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Pomerol

Chateau Haut Batailley 1995

12

bottles (owc)

Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe

$350-500

12

bottles (owc)

$500-700

 

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Chateau Le Bon Pasteur 1996

180.

Pomerol

Chateau Lynch Bages 1989

12

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8

bottles (owc)

Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe

$300-450

u: into neck, five bin-soiled labels “The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid

although the 1990, 2000, and down the road, some of the more recent

Chateau L’Eglise Clinet 1982

vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010 should come close to matching

Pomerol

the 1989’s extraordinary concentration and undeniable aging potential.

u: bottom neck or better

Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the

bottles

stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle

$800-1,200

smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed at age 22, it is still a young adolescent in terms of its evolution and will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should prove to be

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50 year wine.” R. Parker, 99+ pts. 08/11 bottles

a

Dom Perignon 1998 Epernay

$1,200-1,800

A. Galloni for R. Parker, 92 pts. 03/09

 

1

magnum (oc)

 

$200-300

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Chateau Pontet Canet 1996

Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe

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12 bottles (owc)

Taylor Vintage Port 1948

$450-750

u: one into neck with remnants of Whitwham & Company facsimile label and vintage and Quinta embossed lead capsule, one top shoulder with Sotheby & Co. label with handwritten “48 Taylor” on label

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2

bottles

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1995 Pessac Leognan, Cru Classe

12 bottles (owc)

$350-600

$1,000-1,400

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Taylor Vintage Port 1970 Oporto u: three bottom neck, one very top shoulder, one missing capsule,

two cracked wax capsules, signs of old seepage, three lightly torn and lightly bin-soiled labels, one missing label

4 bottles

$400-600

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Warre Vintage Port 1980 (4 bts), u: into neck, signs of old seepage, loose, bin-soiled, and torn labels) Graham’s Vintage Port 1980 (1 bt), u: into neck, no label, vintage confirmed on capsule)

5 bottles

$150-250

Property of a Cape Cod lady. Part of a larger collection, these selections were removed from temperature- and humidity-controlled home storage and represent a glimpse into her appreciation of the finer elements of life. From the 100-point 1982 Pichon Lalande through a selection of 2000 Bordeaux, this collection has something for everyone.

194.

Chateau Margaux 1983 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

u: two bottom neck, one very top shoulder, slight signs of old seepage, torn labels, one faded label

198.

Chateau Beychevelle 2000

St. Julien, 4eme Cru Classe one lightly nicked label

6 bottles

$500-700

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Dinner Lot Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne, Brut 1990

Garaudet Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2005 Domaine De Villeneuve Chateauneuf du Pape, Vieilles Vignes 2004 Philippe Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2005 Cerretto Barolo Bricco Rocche, Brunate 1997

5 bottles

$200-325

Broad Selections from the South Shore. Removed by Skinner specialists from custom built, temperature- and humidity-controlled home storage on the South Shore, this wine is part of a larger collection, carefully curated over the years.

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1997 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

R.

Parker, 96 pts. 01/03

12

bottles

3

bottles

$6,000-8,400

$900-1,350

 

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: bottom neck or better “Deep garnet-black colour. An incredible array of aromas on the nose:

blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, espresso, leather, black olive and loam. The palate is absolutely seamless from first impression to finish, effortlessly building layers of complexity in the mouth and leading to a

very long, earth and spice finish. I can’t see how this could possibly be improvement so have no alternative but concede perfection. Drink now to 2045+.” L. Perrotti-Brown for R. Parker, 100 pts. 05/09

4 bottles

$2,000-3,000

196.

Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2000 St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classe

R.

Parker, 98+ pts. 06/10

9

bottles

$1,800-2,400

197.

Chateau Pichon Longueville, Lalande 1982 Pauillac, 2eme Cru Classe u: one bottom neck, one very top shoulder, one nicked capsule “One of the monumental wines of the last century is the 1982 Pichon Lalande. Since bottling, it has flirted with perfection, and was a sprinter out of the gate, which gave rise to questions about how quickly it would begin its decline. However, at age 27, it retains all its glossy, rich, flamboyant cassis fruit, chocolaty, berry jam-like notes, and

plenty of earthy, foresty flavors. This is a full-bodied, extravagantly rich Pichon Lalande seemingly devoid of acidity and tannin, but the wine is incredibly well-balanced and pure. It is an amazing effort!” R. Parker, 100 pts. 06/09

2 bottles

$800-1,200

Chateau Talbot 1990 St. Julien, 4eme Cru Classe u: into neck

4 bottles

$275-400

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Macchiole 1999

Tuscany

12 bottles

$350-600

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Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha’s Vineyard 1997 Napa

1 magnum

$200-250

204.

Ridge Monte Bello 1986 Santa Cruz u: bottom neck

6 bottles

$450-750

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A Cellar with Breadth, Depth, and Play. From a knowledgeable, world traveling collector, Bordeaux, a horizontal collection of Domaine de la Romanee Conti, with Henriques Solera Madeira to rein it in. Climate- controlled storage, picked up by Skinner staff. For more from this consignor, visit our online auction, lots 991-1005.

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Chateau Margaux 1996 Margaux

R. Parker, 99 pts. 04/99

1 bottle

 

$350-500

Haut Brion: 1959 vs. 1961 – Like Sampras vs. Agassi, Leno vs. Letterman, Martha’s Vineyard vs. Nantucket, so too rages the debate of 1959 vs. 1961 Haut Brion, even half a century later. With two classic

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vintages so close together, it was inevitable that comparisons would be drawn. Over the years, the other first growths have settled on a favorite: ’61 getting the edge for Latour and Margaux, ’59 for Mouton and Lafite, leaving Haut Brion to settle the score. Alas, in the decades since release, the wines have dueled to a veritable stalemate. Here lies an opportunity to judge for yourself: will it be the seductive rich fruit and chocolate hallmarks of the ’59 or the ethereal, mysterious tobacco and

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1959 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: top shoulder, bin soil “I am always blown away by the 1959 Mouton, one of the greatest Moutons made in the last thirty-five years. Every time I have this wine it is undeniable that Mouton made a richer, more persuasive wine in 1959 than in 1961. Astonishingly young and unevolved, with a black/

cedar notes of the ’61 that takes home the gold this time?

purple color, the wine exhibits a youthful nose of cassis, minerals, and new oak. It is exceptionally powerful and super-extracted, with the fruit supported by high levels of tannin and some lusty quantities of alcohol. This mammoth, full-bodied Mouton-Rothschild should continue

Chateau Haut Brion 1959

Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe

to evolve for another 20-30 years. It may well be a 100-year wine!” R. Parker, 100 pts. 01/98

u: 4.5cm, heavy bin soil

1

bottle

1

bottle

$1,200-1,800

$900-1,300

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Chateau Cheval Blanc 1964

Chateau Haut Brion 1961

St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (A)

Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u: 6cm, bin soil R. Parker, 100 pts. 01/98

u: top shoulder, light capsule corrosion, torn capsule, bin soil “A blockbuster Cheval Blanc and probably the greatest Cheval Blanc made during the sixties and seventies, this wine still has a dense, murky

1

bottle

garnet color and knock-out aromatics of coffee, black fruit, and spice

$900-1,300

box. The wine is opulent and fleshy with enormous glycerin and power.

 

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It is still very muscular, also with slightly robust tannins to shed, but this wine seems almost immortal in terms of longevity. My best guess is that, from pristinely stored bottles, this wine is still in late adolescence and not yet at its peak of maturity.” Anticipated maturity: Now-2025 R.

Chateau Haut Brion Blanc 1995

Parker, 96 pts. 01/03

Pessac Leognan

1 bottle

1

bottle

$500-700

$225-300

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Beautiful levels, beautiful color, showing the quiet aging of the decades on their labels—a tour of spectacular vintage Bordeaux and Burgundy. From the enviable collection of a Gentleman of Massachusetts.

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Chateau Margaux 1961 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: high shoulder, signs of old seepage, bin soil

1 bottle

$450-650

Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Romanee Conti 1999 Cote de Nuits Bottle No. 01335 “Vibrant, pure, spicy, distinctly floral and unusually high-toned for the vintage with big, powerful and concentrated almost to the point of painful intensity with its super ripe, palate staining flavors yet this remains regal, almost aloof and quite reserved on the hugely long finish. The focus is unbelievable and while it’s hard to speak of subtle power, one can sense the vibrancy and depths of reserve that are still only hinted at now even eight years after the vintage. As seductive as the

nose is and as awe-inspiring as the flavors are, the finish lasts literally for minutes, indeed I could still taste it the next day and I’ve noticed that this happens every time I am fortunate to have the ‘99. And, difficult as it is to believe, I’m beginning to think that my score is conservative.” Burghound 99 pts. 04/07

1 bottle

$8,000-12,000

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Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Richebourg 1999 Cote de Nuits

stunning length. At age 11 the ‘99 Richebourg is clearly signaling that

05/10

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

Bottle Nos. 03023, 03024 “This hasn’t budged much since it was bottled and remains almost

u: all bottom neck or better, light tissue staining and tissue adhesion, light bin soil, three lightly corroded capsules

black with a notably ripe multidimensional nose of black cherries,

12

bottles

spice and earth that complements well the broad-shouldered and

$28,000-38,000

impressively scaled medium weight plus flavors that are robust and overtly muscular where the finish retains a sense of robust power and

it’s going to require 20 to 25 years to really be at its peak. At the same

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time, there is sufficient mid-palate sap to at least make it approachable sooner, perhaps in 7 to 10 years from now. One of the great vintages

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

for this fabled wine. Many, and consistent, notes. “ Burghound 96 pts.

u: all bottom neck or better, label staining, some light tissue adhesion, capsule corrosion to nine, one with nick to capsule

2 bottles

12 bottles

$2,000-3,000

$28,000-35,000

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Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Grands Echezeaux 1999 Cote de Nuits

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

Bottle No. 01847 “I have now tasted the ‘99 GE some seven times since my original review in Issue 5 and it continues to improve, indeed to the point that

u: nine bottom neck, three very top shoulder, all with light label staining, seven with capsule corrosion, three with capsule nicks, one with slight cork protrusion, some tissue adhesion, bin-soiled labels

I have raised my score modestly. There is still a touch of new oak

12

bottles

framing the penetrating red and blackberry fruits, vanilla and oriental

$25,000-30,000

spice aromas and it continues onto the beautifully detailed and quite robust flavors that deliver excellent precision. This is a big wine with richness, superb length and impressive refinement and it’s clear that

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this will live for decades. In sum, this is very classy juice.’ Burghound, 95 pts. 05/08

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982

1

bottle

Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

$800-1,200

 

u: nine bottom neck, three very sop shoulder, some with heavy label staining, capsule corrosion to all, some tissue adhesion

12

bottles

 

$25,000-30,000

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Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Montrachet 1999

 

Cote de Beaune

Bottle No .00172

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5

“Massively rich with laser beam-like focus of elegant white flower fruit,

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982

rich, lemon tinged flavors of wonderful purity, good complexity and terrific length. The balance, flavor detail and elegance, not to mention raw power is something to behold. If this continues to add weight and

Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: one bottom neck, two very top shoulder, two top shoulder, some heavy label staining, capsule corrosion to all

power, my rating will certainly prove to be conservative.” Burghound 93

bottles

pts. 07/02

$10,000-13,000

1

bottle

$2,500-3,500

 

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216.

 

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1961 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

shoulder, most with light capsule corrosion, four with capsule nicks

Justino Henriques Madeira Rainwater Solera 1905 Madeira

u: two bottom neck, three top shoulder, two high shoulder, two mid

u: bottom neck, cracked wax capsule, light bin soil; bottled in 1960

9 bottles

1 bottle

$8,000-12,000

$200-300

 

A singular, golden offering from a known Collector.

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Justino Henriques Madeira Rare Rainwater Solera 1872

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Madeira

Chateau La Tour Blanche 1955

u: bottom neck, cracked wax capsule, label loose at edge

u: all very top shoulder or better, glorious light amber color

1 bottle

5 bottles

$450-650

$1,000-1,500

A. De Luze & Fils Grand Cognac Fine Champagne – Vintage

1820 – In 1817, with an eye towards creating a direct link between France and New York, brothers Alfred and Louis-Philippe established

an import agency in New York with a focus on fine produce, wine and cognac. Alfred returned to France and founded A. De Luze & Fils in 1822 in the Grand Champagne region of Cognac to ensure that only the highest quality products would be sent to his brother. Serving as a negociant, business gained momentum over the years and the company purchased their first vineyards – Chateau Paveil in Margaux and Domaine de Chaine in the Grand Champagne region of Cognac – in 1862.

The bottle offered here features the distinctive profile of the De Luze bottle. The cognac itself is from the era of negociant bottling, meaning that while the company did not produce the cognac themselves, it was hand-selected as being of such fine quality that Alfred De Luze was confident bottling it and selling it under his crest. The cognac was most likely bottled in the early 1840s, as cognacs of Grand Fine Champagne distinction are traditionally aged in cask a minimum of 20 years.

This bottle represents a rare opportunity to purchase on the open market one of the oldest examples of a Cognac from this legendary house.

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A. de Luze et Fils Grand Fine Champagne Cognac 1820

u: bottom neck, slightly torn lead capsule embossed with de Luze crest, cork slightly shrunken at bottom, bin-soiled and water-stained label, hand-blown bottle with shallow punt 1 bottle

$2,000-3,000

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North Shore Gems. Removed from purpose-built home storage, here is a selection of rare cognac, part of a larger collection to be offered in the fall.

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A. de Luze & Fils Grand Cognac Fine Champagne 1850

u: into neck, bin-soiled label

1 bottle

$1,200-1,800

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Berry Bros. & Co. Choicest Cognac, Grande Fine Champagne 1904 u: high shoulder, lightly bin-soiled and nicked label

1 bottle

$550-750

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Berry Bros. & Co. Choicest Cognac, Grande Fine Champagne 1906 u: high shoulder, bin-soiled and nicked label

1 bottle

$800-1,200

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Boutelleau & Co. Grand Fine Champagne Cognac, Talleyrand

u: mid shoulder, remnants of SS Pierce tax stamp across capsule, oxidized capsule, dampstained label

1 bottle

$350-550

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Maison J. Outin Cognac 1875

u: mid shoulder, capsule embossed “Cognac Fine Champagne,” lightly bin-soiled label, bottled 1918

1 bottle

$600-800

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Grande Champagne Cognac, Reserve Speciale 1850 u: mid shoulder, torn necktag reads “Recolte _850,” bin-soiled label, selected by Henry F. Hollis, Paris

1 bottle

$500-700

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F. Woltner & Fils Fine Champagne Cognac, Vieille Reserve

u: high shoulder, capsule torn and missing at top, moderately

protruding cork, signs of old seepage, heavily bin soiled label, hand- blown glass bottle with deep punt, embossed glass Napoleon crest on shoulder of bottle, bottled in 1924

1 bottle

$600-800

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Blandy’s Bual Madeira Vintage 1868

u: bottom neck, embossed wax capsule intact, signs of old seepage, bin-soiled label

1 bottle

$400-600

From an Extraordinary Cellar, here a concentration of Top Flight Bordeaux purchased on futures, stellar Burgundy, gems of the Rhone and Piedmont from a Gentleman of Massachusetts. Stored in climate- controlled facilities and picked up by Skinner staff. For more from this consignor, visit our online auction, lots 643-755.

2009 Bordeaux – Delivered moments before we went to press, offered here are three cases of 2009 Bordeaux. As you may have heard, 2009 is considered to be among the greatest vintages of Bordeaux. Not of this young century, not of the past fifty years, no qualifiers—simply one of the best vintages, period. Unprecedentedly perfect weather throughout the growing season led to outstanding ripeness, high tannins, and high acid—all hallmarks of a wine worth aging. As they say, the proof is in the pudding and here are three cases available for investment or for you to age and track their progress through the decades to come. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to acquire classics in the making!

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Chateau Montrose 2009 St. Estephe, 2eme Cru Classe

“A colossal effort, the 2009 Montrose represents a hypothetical blend of the monumental duo of 1989 and 1990 combined with the phenomenal

2003. With 13.7% alcohol (an all-time high at Montrose), it is a blend

of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Some structure and minerality can be detected in the background, but the overall impression is one of massive blackberry, black currant and mulberry fruit intermixed with forest floor, damp earth, crushed rocks and a hint of spring flowers. Full-bodied with sweet but abundant tannin, Jean-Bernard Delmas

believes this is the greatest wine he has made during his short tenure at Montrose since retiring from Haut-Brion. This wine will undoubtedly shut down for a decade, then unleash its power, glory and potential perfection.” R. Parker, 100 pts. 02/12

12 bottles

$3,000-4,500

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Chateau Duhart Milon 2009 Pauillac, 4eme Cru Classe “A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, it displays an inky/blue/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis,

forest floor, licorice, lead pencil, cedar and subtle barrique smells. Viscous and full-bodied, it is the most concentrated and broadest example of this cuvee I have tasted in over three decades. It will be

ready to drink in 5-7 years and should last for three decades or more. Consumers looking to maximize value should be checking out Duhart Milon, as this may be the single smartest purchase in this great and historic vintage!” R. Parker, 97 pts. 02/12

12 bottles (owc banded)

$800-1,200

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Chateau Pontet Canet 2009 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe “An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%).

This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in

2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a

decade or more.” R. Parker, 100 pts. 02/12

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2006 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

Chateau Latour 2003 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

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“There are only 10,800 cases (rather than the normal 15,000-20,000) of

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Parker, 97 pts. 02/09

the 2003 Latour, a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and

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1% Petit Verdot (13.3% finished alcohol). A prodigious effort, it boasts

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a

saturated purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of smoke,

 

cedar, creme de cassis, flowers, crushed rocks, and blackberries. Massive and multi-layered, with huge richness and low acidity, it is

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about as unctuous as a young Latour can be. It could be compared to the 1982, but it may be even more pure, at least at this early stage,

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2006 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

than that monumental wine. The level of intensity builds prodigiously in the mouth, and the finish lasts nearly a minute. Disarmingly accessible

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(although analytically the tannin level is high), I suspect it will ultimately

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Parker, 97 pts. 02/09

shut down, but it was performing impeccably when I tasted it.” R.

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Parker, 100 pts. 04/06

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003

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Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

Chateau Margaux 2005

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Parker, 100 pts. 04/06

Margaux, 1er Cru Classe

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“Another celestial effort from Paul Pontallier and Corinne

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Mentzelopoulus, the 2005 Margaux, a blend of 85% Cabernet

 

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Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, boasts a dense opaque blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and, despite its having spent two years in 100% new wood, only a subtle touch of toasty oak. Although

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe

full-bodied, the wine seems light on its feet because of the silky tannins as well as the great gravel terroir from which it comes. Beautiful purity,

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Parker, 98+ pts. 06/10

length, and nobility define this modern day classic. Is it better than

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the 2000, 1996, 1990, or some of the vintages from the decade of

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the eighties? Who knows, but it is unquestionably one of the all-time great wines made at Chateau Margaux. This estate has produced only

Leoville Las Cases (LLC) is a St. Julien in name only—not that there

exceptional wines over the last three decades. The seamlessness of the 2005 suggests it will perform well early, but it should last for a half century or more.” R. Parker, 98+ pts. 04/08

is anything wrong with that. This wine is generally quite well endowed

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and possessing dramatic depth. LLC is quite a large property on the

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river side of the north-south road from the city of Bordeaux. Leoville Barton and Leoville Poyferre were cleaved off at various times in history…further validation that this is a most special site (“terrior” in French). -PhM

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Chateau Latour 2000 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe “The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is “packed and stacked.” The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine

with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009.” R. Parker, 98 pts. 06/10

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Chateau Haut Brion 2000 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe “Its bigger sister, the 2000 Haut-Brion (a blend of 51% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc) showed incredibly at the tasting, and for me is one of the three or four most prodigious wines of the vintage. A compelling nose of roasted herbs, scorched

earth, sweet blueberries, plums, black currants, and a hint of graphite

is followed by a deep, layered, sumptuously textured, full-bodied Haut-

Brion, but one with extraordinary complexity. This wine seems more evolved and approachable than I had expected it to be at age 10. My window of maturity seven years ago was 2012-2040, but I would change that to 2010-2050.” R. Parker, 99 pts. 06/10

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Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2000 Pessac Leognan, Cru Classe

“The 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion is certainly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage. Its performance was off-the-charts in two separate tastings for this report. Deep blue/purple, with a nose of creme de cassis, floral scents, graphite, and subtle smoke, the wine is pure, deep, sumptuously textured, full-bodied, powerful (although certainly not at the power level of the amazing 2009). This wine certainly transcends its 13% natural alcohol and has the same level of concentration found

in such great vintages of La Mission Haut-Brion as 1989, 1982, 1975,

and of course, more recent efforts such as 2005, 2008, and 2009. Still young but beginning to display some secondary nuances, the wine has enormous layers of depth as well as an unctuous texture. Even

though it is still quite youthful, I believe it will hit its prime in another 3-4 years and last 50 or more. It is certainly a wine that will likely jump dramatically in price once the price of the 2009 is released.” R. Parker, 100 pts. 06/10

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Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2003

St. Estephe, 2eme Cru Classe “The prodigious, fantastic 2003 Cos d’Estournel is a candidate for “wine of the vintage.” A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon (unusually high for this chateau), 30% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, 17,500 cases were produced from low yields. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by

a compelling perfume of black fruits, subtle smoke, pain grille, incense,

and flowers. With extraordinary richness, full body, and remarkable freshness, elegance, and persistence, this is one of the finest wines ever made by this estate. The good news is that it will be drinkable at a young age yet evolve for three decades or more. Kudos to winemaker Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier.” R. Parker, 98 pts.

04/06

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