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Lots in the current auction catalogue with 96-100 Robert Parker Wine Advocate Points

BOLLINGER La Grande Annee Rose 2007
Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 96 points

A blend of 72% Pinot Noir (mainly from Aÿ and Verzenay) with 28% Chardonnay (Cramant and Oger), Bollingers 2007 La Grande Année Rosé Brut is a rich and powerful yet fresh and tightly woven Champagne that gets its characteristic coral color from the addition of 6% red Côte aux Enfants Pinot Noir from Aÿ. Fermented entirely in barrels and aged under natural cork, the 2007 offers a chalky-pure and matured bouquet of redcurrants, green figs, dark chocolate, minty and dried floral expressions. Very fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, dense, complex and structured rosé with a long, intense and well-structured finish that reveals the youthful soul of this fresh and chalky 2007. This is a long-distance runner and surely a wine to have with poultry dishes such as duck or pigeon. It will strongly benefit from further bottle aging. Tasted in May and June 2018 from lot L1733457 that was disgorged in November 2016.

XHO
0032
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0030
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0029
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0028
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0026
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0027
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 96 points

The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wines volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.

ON1
0166
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $250

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2015
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-450

Rating: 100 points

The fitting capstone to what was a terrific vintage for Clarendon Hills, the 2015 Astralis Syrah is destined to become a McLaren Vale legend. Remarkably precise, complex and pristine aromas of anise, pepper, mint and blueberries lead the way. Theyre followed by a full-bodied yet impeccably ripe palate thats dense and concentrated yet supple, leading into a velvety, nearly endless finish. Wow.

BKE
0156
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $262
BKE
0158
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0393
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
JEL
0394
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
JEL
0395
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
JEL
0396
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
JEL
0397
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
JEL
0398
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
DOC
0024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $283
DOC
0025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $283
DOC
0026
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $283

DOMAINE A Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Cabernet Sauvignon Coal River Valley Tasmania
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 96 points

The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon gives a very deep garnet color with just a touch of brick and aromas of graphite, warm black currant and blackberry, plus nuances of dried mint, dark chocolate, tree bark, truffles and forest floor. The palate provides refreshing acid and a medium level of fine tannins going into a very graceful long finish. Drink this one now to 2020+.

When Swiss born Peter Althaus turned fifty, he decided to turn his wine hobby into a job. So he searched the world for a place where he could make a wine that could rival those of the EU and wound up on the opposite side of the earth. His first vintage of Tasmanian Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1990 on a tourist visa. Since the beginning Peter has produced Cabernet blends as though they were French classified growths. His 11.5 hectares of vineyards are planted to 75% Bordeaux red varietals (mainly Cabernet Sauvignon), 15% Pinot Noir and around 5% Sauvignon Blanc. He's found a magical spot to grow Cabernet where the aspect and higher degree of natural UV light strength can slowly, perfectly ripen grapes producing wines of great elegance and finesse. I tasted his 1992 Cabernet during my visit and it is evolving beautifully with a long life still ahead. His Bordeaux blends are truly special and worth the effort to find. I've included a tasting note here of the 2000 vintage as it was one of my favorite older vintages tasted and it demonstrates how well these wines evolve.

Domaine A wines are not imported in the USA but currently export to China, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Germany.

VAL
1011
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $50

GLAETZER AMON Ra unfiltered Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet in color, the 2005 Amon-Ra displays aromas of pure black currant cordial, dark chocolate, violets and toast with a hint of raw meat and touch of Indian spices. Full-bodied with a taut and muscular frame defined by firm grainy tannins, it is still very youthful and offers fresh, crisp acid that retains nice vibrancy through the long finish. Drink it now until 2020+.

TOP
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75
TOP
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75
TOP
0045
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75
TOP
0046
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75

GLAETZER AMON Ra unfiltered Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 96 points

Dramatic, intense and powerful, the 2016 Amon Ra Shiraz recalls the 2004 in its youth, crammed with layers of fruit, complex, savory elements and rich, velvety tannins. Its full-bodied, characterized by notes of grilled meat, espresso, black olive, cassis, vanilla, baking spices and an undercurrent of loamy earth. Yes, its unapologetically big and bold, the product of a warm, sunny climate and ripe grapes, but it does show a sense of decorum, restraint and elegance on the long finish.

XBW
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0036
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0059
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1999
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 1999 Hill of Grace presents fragrant notes of warm blackberries and black cherries with hints of menthol, dried thyme and sage, licorice, dark chocolate and black olives. Full-bodied, rich and powerful, it has firm, chewy tannins, crisp acid and a long finish. It is still very youthful in the mouth with lots of flavor layers. It is drinking well now and should continue to cellar through 2035+.

ADR
0030
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $405

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 96 points

According to Stephen Henschke, the 2008 Hill of Grace Shiraz was among the earlier picks that vintage, avoiding the worst of the heatwave that followed. It was never the most elegant or perfumed vintage, but its rich and creamy, loaded with mocha and blackberry flavors. Full-bodied and intense, it remains rather big and muscular, with a slightly coarse but tremendously long finish. It could go another 20 years in a cool cellar.

SEB
0070
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $498
SEB
0071
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $498
XHO
0134
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0129
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0128
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0127
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0124
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0126
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-230

Rating: 97+ points

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Mount Edelstone is a single-vineyard Shiraz showing a little reticent at this youthful stage, though it gives delicate black and red fruit aromas that fan out with air to reveal kirsch, red currant jelly, mulberries and Chinese Five Spice notes alongside hints of dusty earth and potpourri. The palate is led by its commendable structure at this stage, with firm, grainy tannins and very lively acid to support the tight-knit fruit. It finishes long and layered. Consider drinking this 2016 to 2026+.

JEL
0159
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160

HENTLEY FARM Clos Otto Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-230

Rating: 96 points

The Clos Otto fruit is sourced from a small, eastern-facing block within the Hentley Farm estate. Matured for 22 months in a combination of new (90%) and old French barrels, 2009 “Clos Otto” Shiraz has a very deep purple-black color and aromas of macerated blackberries, mulberries and creme de cassis over allspice, vanilla, milk chocolate, toast and hung meat. Concentrated and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a solid structure of firm, finely grained tannins and crisp acid with a long finish of spice and dark fruit layers. Approachable now, it should drink best 2013-2025+.

ABL
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $107

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 98+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Shiraz The Armagh offers a gorgeous perfume of baking spices, violets, Sichuan pepper and fragrant earth. More earthy and savory in the mouth than on the nose, the palate is superbly structured and taut—built for the long-haul—with a long, complex finish. Still very youthfully, forget this wine for 3-5 more years and consider drinking it over the next 20+.

XSA
0024
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0025
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0022
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0021
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0020
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0019
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 96 points

Never the flashiest or most opulent Shiraz, The Armagh endures as a savory classic. The 2013 Shiraz The Armagh continues in that same vein, with scents of roasted meat, scorched mulberries and hints of vanilla leading the way. Its dense, concentrated and full-bodied, with supple (almost creamy) tannins that conceal much of their power in their ripeness, without the wine ever seeming too ripe, too oaky or too fruity. Those tannins linger and turn to silk on the long finish, picking up lively red berry and orange zest nuances. Good stuff.

XSA
0128
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0126
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0124
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0125
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0129
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0127
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278

LEEUWIN Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2014
Chardonnay Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 96 points

One of Margaret Rivers (and Australias) iconic Chardonnays, Leeuwins 2014 Art Series Chardonnay continues that proud tradition. Never shy on toasty, nutty oak or bold fruit, the 2014 features both seamlessly woven together in perhaps greater harmony than in past vintages. Hints of white peach, Bosc pear and citrus appear on the medium-bodied palate and linger on the elegant, finely textured finish.

XLE
0396
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0394
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0393
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0377
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0376
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0357
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

Rating: 99+ points

The release of the 2004 Bin 60A following the epic 1962 Bin 60A is old news now, but the wine was looking very fine indeed when I tasted it so I thought Id add a note. Blended of 56% Coonawarra Cabernet from Block 20 and 44% Barossa Shiraz from Koonunga Hill Block 56G and Kalimna Blocks 4 and 14, the wine was matured in 100% new American oak hogsheads for 13 months. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers restrained notes of game, smoked meat, earth, blackberry and black currant liqueurs, yeast, marmite-toast plus whiffs of dried lavender, cedar and bark. Very crisp, very tight and very firm, this taut medium-bodied wine is still all structure at this stage, going very long and earthy in the finish. Give it time and consider broaching it from 2014. It should drink well into the 2030s if not beyond.

SLK
0411
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $540
SLK
0413
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $540
COL
0001
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $609
COL
0003
1 BOTTLE BOXED Stained capsule, signs of past leakageCurrent Bid: $366
BKE
0079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $587
POP
0658
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $641

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

Rating: 97 points

Its not known exactly when the Kalimna Block 42 was planted but there are suggestions that the vines existed during the latter part of the 19th Century. They could be the oldest Cabernet vines in the world, although the famous Metala Cabernet vineyard in Langhorne Creek was known to have been planted in 1891 so could very well pre-date Kalimna. Regardless, Ive been there and the vines are truly old. Only very rarely does Penfolds release this as a single vineyard wine, when the Cabernet is so fabulous it cant possibly be blended. The 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon was such a vintage. Matured in 100% new American hogsheads for 13 months, it displays a very deep garnet-purple color and profoundly earthy / gamey aromas over black cherry preserves, creme de cassis plus scents of leather, pencil shavings, Mediterranean herbs, black truffles, underbrush and black olives. The elegant, medium-bodied palate is tightly-knit and led by structure with a high level of grainy tannins, very high acid and a long earthy finish. Approachable now, it should continue to evolve and drink to 2025+.

SAL
0066
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $680
COL
0005
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $489

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

Rating: 98 points

Last but not least is Australias most famous wine, the 2002 Shiraz “Grange”. The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making!

TER
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400
SEB
0120
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $422
TOP
0142
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $409
TOP
0143
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $409
TOP
0144
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $409
TOP
0145
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $409
TOP
0146
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $410

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 100 points

Very deep garnet-purple in color the 2008 Grange reveals a truly decadent nose with tons of spices, fruit cake and black & blue fruit compote notes along with nuances of chocolate and potpourri. The full and rich, multi-layered palate has a little oak still showing, it is going through a little bit of a structural stand-out stage, but it doesnt detract on the long and complex finish. It still needs a good few years to develop, though this very opulent, expressive Grange shows the very best of this vintage and the vineyards it hails from.

COO
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
COO
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $605
CHA
0042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $672

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2009
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

Rating: 97 points

The 2009 Grange Shiraz is a comprised of 84% Barossa, 8% McLaren, and a little Clare Valley and a little Magill fruit with a small 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At this youthful stage, this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis, black cherry, spice box, char-grilled meat and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins to structure through the long and earthy finish. 406 cases imported to the US. Drink it 2018 to 2035+.

CHA
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 5000-5200

Rating: 99 points

The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage.

SAL
0065
1 MAGNUM Special Gift BoxCurrent Bid: $2200
CHA
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
CHA
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
CHA
0045
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
CHA
0046
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
CHA
0047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2200

Rating: 96 points

Medium brick colored, the 1971 Grange opens with touches of aldehyde / bottle-stink to begin over a core of fruit cake, leather, potpourri, game and sandalwood. With an elegant light to medium-body, the palate blossoms into incredible spice box, anise and mincemeat notes - wonderful multi-layered flavors – supported by a good backbone of remaining fine-grained tannins and lively acid. Its a classic Grange in terms of construction, though a little atypical considering its pretty rather than powerful nature.

END
0004
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2018 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1560
SKO
0029
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2018, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1600
TER
0001
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $832
JAN
0005
1 BOTTLE High shoulder & severe label damageCurrent Bid: $594

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

Rating: 98+ points

One of my favorite wines from Penfolds, the 1986 (a blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the most powerful Granges produced (14+% alcohol). At age 23, it reminds me of the way it tasted around 9 years of age. Inky/purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of sweet licorice, crushed pepper, blackberry liqueur, camphor, and barbecue spices, this sensationally full-bodied, concentrated, layered 1986 is still an infant in terms of its ultimate potential. It is remarkable how this wine has aged, and its hard to believe how certain wine geeks will subscribe to the aging ability of the Grange, but dont believe the same is true for other old vine Shiraz wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. It just doesnt make any sense. The 1986 is one of the greatest Granges for my palate, and it appears to still have 25-30 years of upside.

FER
0001
1 BOTTLE Into neck, cellar damaged label, slight capsule damageCurrent Bid: $550
VAL
0018
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $550
VAL
0106
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $556
VAL
0107
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $556
VAL
0108
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $556
VAL
0110
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $480
SKO
0031
1 BOTTLE Into neck, capsule damageCurrent Bid: $554

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-120

Rating: 96+ points

The 2012 Shiraz St Henri is very impressive with its elegant, sophisticated and well-crafted expression of this superb vintage. As always, there is no new oak employed here, simply 50+ year old large oak vats. This vintage has a dollop (3%) Cabernet Sauvignon, contributing a lovely cassis lift to the heady perfume. Deep garnet-purple colored, it displays a gorgeous nose of commendable purity and intensity with notes of red and blackcurrants, freshly crushed blackberries, menthol, cinnamon stick, bacon fat and cloves. Rich and already expressive on the palate, it is nonetheless built for the long haul with firm, ripe and grainy tannins carrying the fruit to a long and layered finish. This should be a long-lived St Henri that should cellar gracefully for at least 2 decades.

JEL
0427
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0429
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0432
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0434
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0435
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0436
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76

POWELL & SON Steinert Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97+ points

Coming from a small (two=hectare) single vineyard with more than 120-year-old vines in the Flaxman Valley area of Barossas cooler Eden Valley, the 2015 Steinert Shiraz offers a deep garnet-purple color and very pretty red currants, black cherries and black raspberries notes, with touches of pepper and spice box plus fleeting wafts of roses. The medium to full-bodied palate is seriously intense, delivering ripe red berry and spice layers with a very long, perfumed finish. 200 cases were made.

XPO
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0000
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2014
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Run Rig opens with a bang, delivering intense fruits of the forest and blackberry preserve notes with hints of sandalwood, cardamom, dried Provence herbs, Indian spices and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and oh, so satisfying, the beauty ticks all the great Barossa Shiraz boxes and then some. It is still relatively primary, so Id recommend giving it another 2-3 years at least in bottle and drink it over the next 20+.

XTO
0135
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0086
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0085
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0082
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0075
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 225-275

Rating: 98 points

Who wouldve thought that in the context of Barossa Shiraz, the 2015 RunRig would seem like a relative bargain? Its certainly much less expensive than Grange or Hill of Grace will be when theyre released. Its also more approachable in its youth, with enormously appealing aromas of grilled fruit, savory complexities and rich, velvety tannins. Of course, its full-bodied and concentrated, with the stuffing to age for up to a couple of decades, and it has a long, licorice-tinged finish. Winemaker Ian Hongell, who joined Torbreck from Peter Lehmann, may not have made this wine, but he deserves a lot of credit for the blending and finishing of this tour de force.

XTO
0162
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0140
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0138
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0139
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0137
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0136
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-140

Rating: 97 points

The 1998 Shiraz Octavius is undoubtedly controversial given its volatile acidity. Nevertheless, it is a loaded, intense, rich, classic example of full-throttle and full-bodied old vine Barossa Shiraz. All the Octavius fruit is sourced from vineyards ranging from 70 to 100 years of age.

BKE
0134
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $73
BKE
0135
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $73

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 96 points

The 2004 The Octavius is 100% Shiraz aged for 22 months in American and Hungarian oak, much of it new. Inky black/purple, it coats the glass with legs. It has an alluring perfume of toasty oak, plum, licorice, blueberry, bacon, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate. Voluptuous and youthful, it has intense flavors, plenty of well-concealed structure, and a 60-second finish. Cellar it for 8-10 years and drink it through 2035.

CHA
0028
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $61
CHA
0029
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $59

FELSINA BERARDENGA Fontalloro Sangiovese 2015
Sangiovese Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 97 points

The 2015 Fontalloro is a landmark achievement. The bouquet strikes out with immediate complexity. It dangles aromas of black cherry, spice, tar, forest floor, wild rose and campfire ash in front of your nose with seductive allure. The unified presentation and delivery of all those aromas is profound and impressive. This edition of Fontalloro is exceptionally smooth and silky in texture and this is surely linked to the ripe, soft and finely textured fruit produced in this vintage. This is a pure expression of Sangiovese that is aged in barrique for up to 22 months. Some 30,000 bottles were produced.

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0648
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0649
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0650
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0651
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0652
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0653
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80

GAJA Sori Tildin Nebbiolo 2008
Nebbiolo Langhe
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 96 points

The 2008 Sori Tildin is impressive. I confess I wasnt quite prepared for the assault of fruit and tannins here. Sori Tildin is so often a graceful, elegant wine, but that is not the case in 2008. Thats not to say elegance is missing, but this is a big, big wine with tons of intensity and richness, all woven together beautifully. Its tough to find a comparison with a previous vintage, as this is a singular Tildin. The flavors are familiar if a touch on the dark side, but the structure is closer than that of Sori San Lorenzo. Flowers, tar, leather and licorice wrap around the palate. This is a fabulous showing and a great wine in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.

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0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349
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0048
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 1997
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-450

Rating: 96 points

A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055.

Note: Yquem spends 42 months in 100% new oak. No cask tasting is permitted, and the wine is not released until 5 years after the vintage. For example, the 1998 will be released some time in 2003; the 2001 will not be released until 2006.

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2045
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $372

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2007
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 98 points

Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions, the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless, it is initially rather taciturn on the nose, eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd, Mirabelle, and clear honey. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine definition and there seems to be a great deal of energy and vigor dispensed for your pleasure. There is such race and nervosity, and then that finish just purrs with harmony and focus. This Yquem feels just so alive and vivacious, yet there is an effortless quality here that is unmatched by its peers. Tasted January 2011.

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0266
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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0267
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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0265
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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0263
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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0264
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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0262
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2009
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1350-1375

Rating: 100 points

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 2009 Chateau d’Yquem is one showstopper of a wine and perhaps it is only in a vertical that you realize this is up there among the legendary wines of the past – the 2001 included. It has a wonderful nose that expresses the Semillon component majestically: heady aromas of lemon curd, nectarine, jasmine and honeysuckle that all gain momentum in the glass. The oak is supremely well-integrated. The palate is extremely well-balanced with an unctuous entry. You are immediately knocked sideways by the palpable weight and volume in the mouth, which is almost “bulbous,” with layer upon layer of heavily botrytized fruit. It builds to a spicy finish with hints of marzipan and pralines in the background that lend it an untrammeled sense of exoticism. The 2009 is utterly fabulous and decadent, a star that will blaze brightly and undimmed for many years. Drink now-2060+. Tasted March 2014.

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0268
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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0269
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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0270
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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0271
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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0272
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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0282
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2015
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 99+ points

With approximately 500 cases produced, the 2015 Hermitage les Bessards is probably among the most available of the vintages top wines. Jump on it if your means allow, as I suspect this wine will be a candidate for perfection once it sheds some tannin. Its perfumed on the nose, concentrated on the palate and amazingly long yet also elegant from start to finish. And amid the power, oak and massive cassis and blackberry fruit, it also manages to include hints of crushed stone evocative of its granitic terroir. Its breathtaking stuff, virtually guaranteed to bring a smile to any wine lovers face.

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0501
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289
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0497
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $584

CHATEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) 2009
1er Grand Cru Classe (A) Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 2100-2150

Rating: 98+ points

A masterpiece in the making, proprietor Alain Vauthiers 2009 Ausone boasts a dense purple color along with notes of powdered chalk, crushed rocks and wild blue, red and black fruits. Extravagantly rich with great minerality, precision and freshness as well as a voluptuous texture (unusual for a baby Ausone), this is an extraordinary wine. Sadly, there are fewer than 1,200 cases ... for the world. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+

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0032
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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0031
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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0030
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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0029
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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0028
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249

CHATEAU BELLEVUE MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2009
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 100 points

The inky/blue/purple-colored 2009 Bellevue Mondotte offers aromas of creme de cassis, mulberries, licorice, white flowers, forest floor and candied cherries. Extremely thick, rich and full-bodied, it is nearly overwhelming in its textural richness, colossal concentration and mind-blowing finish that lasts nearly a minute. Undeniably massive and over-sized, but perfectly balanced, it is made for those looking for something to put away for 30-50+ years. One has to admire a proprietor who is making a wine for the history books, not for near-term gratification.

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0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548
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0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548

CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) 2006
1er Grand Cru Classe (A) Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1450

Rating: 97 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château Cheval Blanc is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc. It has the most floral bouquet of the four Serié A Grand Cru Classé: an explosion of crushed violets and potpourri, hints of leather and cigar box, the Cabernet Franc clearly lending this complexity and character. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels wonderfully structured and comes with an insistent grip that coats the mouth. This is backward and almost surly, but you have to stand back and admire the precision and arching structure on the mineral-rich finish. Top-dog Saint Emilion? Thats for sure. Tasted January 2016.

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0176
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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0174
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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0173
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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0172
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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0171
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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0170
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2006
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum scents, hints of leather and sage tucked just underneath. This is a bouquet determined to make an impression! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy, truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This seems to have the upper-hand over the La Mission and probably has a longer future. A thoroughbred from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team. Tasted January 2016.

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0211
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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0210
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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0209
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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0206
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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0208
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2009
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1450-1475

Rating: 100 points

What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions.

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0205
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1439
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0204
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1439

CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classe 2009
Cru Classe Graves
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1350

Rating: 100 points

The 2009 was not part of this vertical tasting, so I am repeating the tasting note published in issue #199 of The Wine Advocate from a tasting done in January, 2012.

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0190
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289
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0180
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289
DOC
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $882

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 540-550

Rating: 96 points

A killer wine (Im so sorry I didnt buy any), the 2003 La Mondotte is clearly one of the superstars of the vintage. An intriguing perfume of licorice, Asian soy, black currant jam, ripe cherries and subtle toast emerges from this extravagantly rich, voluptuously textured, opulent, full-bodied St.-Emilion. Just coming in to full maturity, it is pure, rich and full. Drink it over the next decade or more.

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1970
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
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1968
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
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1969
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
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1967
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496

CHATEAU LAFLEUR 2010
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1550

Rating: 99 points

Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2010 Lafleur put in an absolutely no holds barred astonishing performance. Lafleur is wont to improve in bottle and this is certainly the case apropos the 2010. It has a boisterous ripe blackberry, cranberry, sous-bois and graphite-scented bouquet that is an absolute beauty. Power mixed with quite brilliant precision, you almost want to laugh at its sheer audacity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin; there is immense depth and wonderful cohesion. Mineral-drenched black fruit, a slightly chalky texture and outstanding energy and tension on the finish - this is a magnificent Pomerol from the Guinaudeau family. Tasted December 2016.

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0142
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479
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0143
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479

CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON 2me cru classe 2010
2me cru classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 96+ points

A splendid showing, much stronger from bottle than it was from barrel, the Leoville Barton is one of the spectacular wines of the vintage. Inky purple to the rim, its huge tannin gives this wine real potential for 30-50 years of longevity. It is a classic, powerful Bordeaux made with no compromise. A superstar of the vintage, the wine has notes of pen ink and creme de cassis, good acidity, sweet, subtle oak, and massive extraction and concentration. I thought it was one of the most backward wines of the vintage two years ago, and nothing has changed in the ensuing upbringing of the wine in cask except that the wine now seems even richer, denser and fuller than I previously thought. The beautiful purity, symmetry, and huge finish of nearly a minute make this one of the all-time great classics from Leoville Barton. Anticipated maturity: 2028-2065+.

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0041
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299
XSA
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2me Cru Classe 2000
2me Cru Classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 98 points

Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2000 Leoville-Las-Cases is a quite fabulous, magisterial Saint Julien that is only just beginning to flex its muscles. It has a very intense and beautifully defined bouquet with mineral rich blackberry and bilberry scents, outstanding focus and harmony, and very well-integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, impressive backbone and focus in situ. There is a touch of mint infusing the fruit here, superb tension with a touch of mulberry and Hoi Sin lingering on the finish that still feels backward and sinewy. What was remarkable was to observe the melioration in the glass, achieving wondrous energy and delineation with time, still improving after a couple of hours. Buy it, cellar it, drink it. Tasted December 2016.

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1940
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $629
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1941
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $629

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2me Cru Classe 2006
2me Cru Classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners horizontal, the 2006 Château Léoville Las-Cases has a very complex bouquet with heady scents of blackcurrant, kirsch, crushed violets, rock salt and just a hint of cassis. It is backward and can barely contain its energy. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very symmetrical and poised, a fine line of acidity interwoven through the black fruit, touches of citrus fruit developing towards the poised and tensile finish. This is a beautiful wine from Jean-Hubert Delon, but it needs several years in bottle. Tasted April 2016.

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1956
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $515
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1954
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $515
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1955
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $515
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1953
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $515

CHATEAU PALMER 3me Cru Classe 2009
3me Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 97 points

One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and Thats exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years.

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0179
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534
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0177
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534

CHATEAU PAVIE Decesse Grand Cru Classe 2010
Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 320-340

Rating: 96 points

A Blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% natural alcohol, the higher percentage of Merlot in this wine than in the Pavie gives it a stunning opulence, thickness and luxuriousness. Opaque purple, with notes of mulberry and kirsch liqueur leaning toward blacker fruits, subtle smoked meats and some lead pencil and vanillin, this is another brawny, full-bodied, yet remarkably precise and fresh style of wine despite its sensational extract and power. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30-40 years.

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0342
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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0339
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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0340
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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0341
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298

CHATEAU PONTET CANET 5me Cru Classe 2010
5me Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-450

Rating: 100 points

An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and that's assuming it doesn't close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canet's 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet!

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0027
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $285
DOC
0028
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $290

CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classe 2010
Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-210

Rating: 98+ points

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7.

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0027
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
XSA
0026
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191

CHATEAU TEYSSIER Le Dome Grand Cru 2005
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 98 points

From the famous flagship estate of Jonathan Malthus, this wine normally has about 75% or more Cabernet Franc in the blend and the rest Merlot. With the great aromatic expression of the vintage, the 2005 Le Dôme offers up a smashing fireworks-like display of spring flowers, blueberries, forest floor, raspberries and cherries. Dense purple in color, medium to full-bodied, light on its feet, but super-intense and rich, this wine performed fabulously well, and is one of the superstars and profound efforts of the vintage. It is actually somewhat approachable, which is not always the case with many 2005s. Drink it over the next 20 years.

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0357
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $297
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0343
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $297